Santa Cruz Barbershop

4-part harmony in Santa Cruz County

All Aboooooard!

October 24th, 2014

Pack your bags, we’re headed off for a whirlwind musical journey ’round the world with the Gold Standard Chorus during their 2nd Annual Fall Show!

We’ll visit the “City of New Orleans” and “Old Cape Cod”. We’ll travel those “Country Roads”, “King of the Road” style! Then jet off to China and the castles in Spain – all in one evening!

Yes, it’s that time again – Fall Show Time! Tickets are available from any chorus member or online – just click the button below. Questions? Give us a call at 831-218-1771 and that nice person who answers the phone can tell you all about it!

What are the details, you ask? Well, step right up!

What: Gold Standard Chorus 2nd Annual Fall Show
When: Saturday, November 8, 2014 – 7:00 PM until everyone goes home
Where: Harbor High School Little Theater
300 La Fonda, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under
All children must be accompanied by a paid adult
There is no reserved seating

For tickets or ticket information:
Call 818-218-1771
Ask a chorus member you know
Buy online:

It’s Cabaret Time Again!

April 24th, 2014

Cabaret FlyerIf it’s spring, it must be Cabaret Time from the Gold Standard Chorus! You know it, you love it, you come every year! Please join us again this year for our annual spring show: Cabaret, Barbershop Style! As usual, it will be packed with great harmonies from the chorus and guest quartets and trios, and more home-made desserts than you can shake a stick at – all included in a single ticket price!

What? You say you’ve never been to a barbershop-style cabaret? Well, you’re in for a real treat! Tickets go fast and seats are limited, so contact the chorus to reserve yours today!

Who: The Gold Standard Chorus and Friends
What: The Annual GSC Cabaret and Homemade Dessert Buffet
When: June 7, 2014, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Where: Felton Community Hall, 6191 Highway 9, Felton, CA
Why: Why Not?

Tickets: call 831-218-1771. ext 1, purchase tickets from any chorus member – $20 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under, or purchase tickets online (after April 25th).

And don’t forget to head across the street afterwards to Redwood Pizzeria, where the music continues well into the night. It seems our audiences can never get enough of that four-part harmony and ringing chords – and neither can we!

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Download the Cabaret Flyer here!

Newfangled Four Signed to Sing

December 31st, 2013

The Gold Standard Chorus of Santa Cruz has signed Newfangled Four to sing in the 11th annual Sing for Your Life, Sunday, January 26, 2014, at the Crocker Theater (Cabrillo College) in Aptos. Performances are at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

This past year, Newfangled Four took first place in two major competitions becoming both the 2013 Far Western District Quartet Champions and 2013 International Collegiate Barbershop Quartet Champions.

To support choral music in our county’s high schools, Sing for Your Life concerts have raised over $70,000 since 2003.

For information about Sing for Your Life please visit the chorus website or buy tickets now.

Newfangled Four quartet
Newfangled Four (Joey Buss, Jackson Niebrugge, Jake Tickner, Ryan Wisniewski) will perform in Sing for Your Life, a benefit concert for vocal music in high schools, January 26, 2014, at the Crocker Theater in Aptos.

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 11 years of reminding Santa Cruz to SING FOR YOUR LIFE!

When: Sunday, January 26, 2014
Matinee: 1:00 pm
Evening:  7:00 pm

Where: Cabrillo Stage, Crocker Theater
6500 Soquel Drive
Aptos, CA 95003
Map & Directions

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

JERRY ORLOFF (1/16/31 – 10/25/13)

October 28th, 2013

Jerry Orloff, an internationally known barbershop quartet singer and teacher, passed away at his home in Aptos on October 25 after a lengthy struggle with vascular dementia.  He was 82.  Jerry, who shared his passion for four-part harmony with his wife, Kim, was inducted into the International Barbershop Society’s Hall of Fame in 2011.  As a member of the Mixed Metafour Quartet (a unique coed mixed barbershop quartet with his wife plus Bev Wesley of Aptos and several  other men who sang the lead part between 1984 and 2012), Jerry performed and shared his love of singing throughout the world, with appearances in New Zealand, Australia, England, Sweden, Wales and Russia as well as across the United States.

In 2001 Jerry and Kim created an additional quartet with another couple, Brian and Holly Beck, of Dallas, Texas.  This quartet, Hao Yun Qui, was specifically formed to teach the barbershop style in China; they made several trips there from 2001 to 2003, teaching at universities and senior organizations in Northern China.  The quartet taught standard American songs in English as well as  several native Chinese folk songs which they had arranged in barbershop style and learned in the original  Mandarin.

Jerry was also a member of the local Santa Cruz Chapter of SPEBSQSA, also known as the Gold Standard Chorus.  He participated in many of their shows (both in the chorus and with his quartet), as well as singing “Valengrams” every February, and Christmas carols in shopping centers every December.

While music was the center of his life, Jerry also was a devoted father of four who shared his love for the outdoors and fishing with sons Dan, Randy, Mike and Barry.  From the time they could walk he went with them on fishing and houseboat trips… a family tradition which continued throughout his lifetime.

He was no stranger in the kitchen, making fantastic chicken matza-ball soup and sharing with all his sons his unique talent for pickling cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes and whole watermellons.  Jerry’s other passions included photography and anything Minnesota – often torn between his love of the Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers.  He was an avid hockey fan, and was a play-by-play radio announcer for the St. Paul Saints in the early 1960’s.

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Jerry moved with his family to Daly City, CA in 1963.  There he owned and operated a paint and art supply store with his parents Solly and Florence Orloff for nearly 20 years.  He moved to Aptos in 1983, and soon thereafter retired from sales in order to work full-time sharing the joy of singing harmony.

Jerry’s family will join many local barbershop singers for a musical celebration of his life at 2pm on November 23 at Felton Community Hall, 6191 Hwy 9, Felton CA.  Besides Kim, his wife of 30 years, Jerry is survived by his first wife Terry Martin of Santa Clara, CA; his sons and their wives, Dan and Sherené Orloff of San Jose, CA;  Mike and Julie Orloff of Greenville, CA; Randy Orloff of Alameda, CA; his grandsons Lieutenant Benjaman Orloff and his wife JoEllen Orloff of Ridgecrest, CA; Nate Orloff, of Los Angeles, CA; Travis Orloff, of San Jose, CA; his great granddaughter, Ella Rose Orloff; and his brother and sister-in-law,  Mickey and Sue Orloff of Foster City, CA.  He is also survived by members of his barbershop quartet family: Mixed Metafour/Mixed Bag leads Paul Eastman, Elmer Fairbanks, Ed Tyler, Steve Sammonds, Steve Bishop, and Bill McCain, baritone Kim Orloff, and tenors Bev Wesley and Jackie Bishop.  Jerry’s harmonies also continue on in the lives of many barbershop singers throughout the world.  If you would like to light a candle and share your condolences with his family, please visit

Remembrances in his name may be made to Young Men in Harmony/Harmony Foundation International (  at 110 7th Ave North, Suite 200, Nashville, TN 37203.

For additional information about the Musical Celebration of Jerry’s Life, contact Nancie Barker at

GSC Presents a Western-Themed Fall Show!

September 28th, 2013
Yeeha! The chorus goes all out in Western Gear for Happy Trails, our Fall Show!

Come as you are, or dress up in your finest Duds and join us to travel along Happy Trails!

Fall Show 2013 Flyer

Click the image to download the flyer

For the first time in our 24-year history, the Gold Standard Chorus is mounting a Fall Show. Happy Trails, with it’s western theme, complete with costumes and a special setting, is sure to be a fun evening for all! We will be performing new music (with a western theme, of course!), along with some old favorites.

With guests Sagebrush, Redwood Four, Coastal Blend, Three in A Chord, and a few surprises, there will definitely be something for everyone! Refreshments will be available in the lobby at intermission for a small donation. And don’t forget to get yourself some raffle tickets! Proceeds of the raffle go toward music scholarships for local high school music students.

When: Saturday, November 16, 2013, 7:00 PM
Where: Santa Cruz High School, 415 Walnut Ave Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Tickets: call 831-218-1771. ext 1, purchase tickets from any chorus member – $20, children 12 and under free, $18 for students with student ID, or purchase tickets online. ($22 at the door the day of the show)