Santa Cruz Barbershop

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Sing For Your Life 2016

January 5th, 2016


We’re getting the year off to a great start on January 16th with the 13th Annual Sing For Your Life choral festival. For more than a decade, The Gold Standard Chorus has sponsored this festival to  showcase local area high school and college choirs, to raise money that goes directly to each participating school’s vocal music program, and to encourage the youth in those choirs and our audience members alike to “Sing For Your Life.”

Choir members and GSC chorus members sell tickets to friends, family, and anyone else they can reach out to. Sing For Your Life has generated over $70,000 for participating schools in the last 12 years. Music teachers use these funds for sheet music, accompanist salaries, field trips, and other items not covered by shrinking school budgets. The generosity of dozens of local business and individual sponsors, as well as tickets purchased from GSC members, offset production costs and make it possible to distribute nearly 100% of ticket sales proceeds directly to the schools. The concert also promotes a lifelong love of music by demonstrating community singing opportunities such as the all-age Gold Standard Chorus, encouraging students and audiences alike to “Sing For Your Life.”

In addition, every year we bring in a stellar guest quartet to share their love of life-long singing with the students and adults alike. This year is no exception. This year we’re pleased to present Flightline, four young men who exemplify a love and quality of music that never fails to bring audiences to their feet.

Founded just 2 1/2 years ago, Flightline has risen quickly to become one of the finest barbershop quartets of any age in the country. Flightline is the Far Western District gold medal quartet champion of 2015, and will be representing the district at International this year. In addition to their district gold medal, they are medalists on the International level, placing 5th in 2015 at the International Barbershop Harmony Society Competition and Convention in the Collegiate Division. These gentlemen will knock your socks off!

For full details, including the address, show times, and participating choirs, please click here.

Tickets are $15 in advance ($20 for VIP tickets) and $20 at the door ($25 for VIP). There are several ways to get them. We strongly encourage you to seek out a member of one of the participating choruses to purchase directly from them. You may also buy tickets from a Gold Standard Chorus member, or purchase online following the link below.

Gerry Stone, RIP – August 17, 1934 – October 18, 2015

October 23rd, 2015


Gerry supervising the gang as we set up for a recent concert at the campfire amphitheater at Brighton State Beach

It is with great sadness that we share the loss of long-time chorus member, bass Gerry Stone. We lost Gerry earlier this week, and miss him greatly. With just a week and a half until our fall show, Gerry was a real asset to the chorus and the chapter in setting up sound and getting the word out. We could always count on Gerry to be a solid foundation in the bass section, and he was second-to-none in ticket sales and enthusiasm. With a twinkle in his eye, he was a great story teller and kept us all laughing with his memories of a life well-lived.

Most recently our Vice President of Membership, Gerry was the friendly face of the chorus for all incoming members, and for many in the community he was the face of the Gold Standard Chorus. We all have fond memories of “Gerry moments,” and already miss him greatly.

3rd Annual Fall Show – IT’S SHOWTIME, FOLKS!

October 14th, 2015


Where does the time go? It seems like we just finished our summer Cabaret, and here it is, time to buy tickets for our Fall Show! This year’s theme – show music! If you hear it here, it’s guaranteed you heard it in a Broadway show, in a movie theater, or on television!

Come listen to some of your favorites – sung by the Gold Standard Chorus and a phalanx of quartets – from Broadway, and a few you didn’t realize were part of your movie-going life! Come join us on Saturday, November 7th at 7:00 PM for our best fall show yet!

What: It’s Showtime, Folks!
When: Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, at 7:00 PM
Where: Mid-County Senior Center, 829 Bay Avenue, Capitola, CA 95010
Tickets: $20 in advance or at the door, available from any chorus member and online!


Cabaret 2015

March 27th, 2015


Wow, it’s hard to believe we’ve finished last year’s Fall Show, this year’s Sing For Your Life, and now we’re in full swing learning new music for our annual Cabaret show in Felton again! All that Music! All that Fun! And all those FREE HOMEMADE DESSERTS! Where DOES the time go?

If you’ve been to one of our summer cabarets, you know they’re the season’s hottest ticket! If you’ve never been – where’ve you been all these years? Now is a great time to introduce yourself to the local Barbershop Harmony sounds of the Gold Standard Chorus of Santa Cruz! We’ll have the doors open wide, and the dessert tables sagging with goodies, just for you!

Besides the chorus and the usual gang of music-makers, there are bound to be some great musical surprises and even a guest quartet or two!

So come on out to Felton Community Hallat 6191 Highway 9 in Felton, CA on Saturday, May 30th at 7:00 PM – you won’t regret it!

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under. All tickets include homemade desserts – eat ’em ’til ya bust!

For tickets, or to ask questions, call 831-218-1771, ext 2.

Buy tickets online!

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Sing For Your Life 2015

January 6th, 2015


Join us this year for Sing For Your Life

It’s time again for Santa Cruz to SING FOR YOUR LIFE! Our annual school music fundraiser, Sing For Your Life, reaches an exciting milestone this year – our 12th Anniversary Show! The Gold Standard Chorus has a long and proud tradition of supporting vocal music programs in Santa Cruz County high schools, and SFYL is always the highlight of our year. Come out and join us this year and help us celebrate 10 years of reminding Santa Cruz to SING FOR YOUR LIFE!

When: Saturday, January 24, 2015
Matinee: 12:00 pm
Evening: 5:00 pm

Where: Santa Cruz Bible Church
440 Frederik Street
Santa Cruz, CA
Box Office Phone: 831-218-1771

Matinee: 12:00 p.m.

Aptos High School
Monte Vista Christian School
San Lorenzo Valley High School
Santa Cruz High School
Soquel High School

Evening: 5:00 p.m.

Kirby Prep
Monterey Bay Academy
Pacific Collegiate
St. Francis Central Coast Catholic High School
Cabrillo College

Guest quartet (Matinee & Evening): The Newfangled Four, returning for their second appearance. We’re thrilled to have this marvelous quartet back again by popular demand. The Newfangled Four are the 2013 Far Western District Quartet Champions and 2013 International Collegiate Barbershop Quartet Champions in the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Tickets: $15 advance / $20 door – Limited VIP $20 advance / $25 door (12 & under free w/ adult). More information: 831-218-1771, ext. 2

Want to help some more? Call the number above to become a sponsor!

Since 2003, these benefits have raised over $60,000 to support vocal music in our county schools.