Spreading Harmony on Valentine's Day

By Matt Porter

February 14, 2013 Updated Feb 15, 2013 at 12:53 AM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Jim Gleason is usually teaching music at Union-Endicott High School.

But this Valentine's Day, "Cupid" turned his day upside down.

In the middle of his fourth period class, a quartet from the Carousel Harmony Chorus came to sing to him.

"Total surprise," Gleason said. "I had no idea it was going to happen."

The gift of song was arranged by his wife who teaches music therapy at Broome-Tioga BOCES.

Chorus leader Linda Laraway said it was their first time singing for a musician.

"It's nice for singers to sing for other singers," Laraway said. "I think it brings out the best in both of us."

Their songs find a way to brighten many others' days.

"Maybe going to someone's house that's a shut in, and you're giving them the thrill of having a valentine delivered from someone," Laraway said. "We get back as much as we give because they're often very appreciative of what we do."

As for Gleason, he knows he's got to work on an encore for his wife.

"If you give me a whole year to plan," he said, "I should be able plan something special for Valentine's Day next year. I'll work on it."

You can view the chorus's website here.