Santa Cruz Barbershop

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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 www.scbarbershop.org/support-us/ 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 www.pacificgardenschapel.com.

Remembrances in his name may be made to Young Men in Harmony/Harmony Foundation International (www.harmonyfoundation.org)  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 nanciebar@msn.com.


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)


Barbershop Harmony and Homemade Dessert – a Sweet Combination

May 16th, 2013

2013 Cabaret FlyerWow – it’s Cabaret time again! Come on out to Felton Hall for the Gold Standard Chorus Annual Cabaret and Homemade Dessert Buffet. As always, you’re in for a real treat. Hear new music from TWO Gold Standard Chorus groups – the main chorus, and a smaller specialty group with a few tricks up their sleeves.

Add Three in a Chord – a perennial favorite trio – quartets Coastal Blend and Singin’ Fools, and NorCal Division 2nd-place novice quartet The Redwood Four, plus a surprise or two in the wings. and you’ll have a great start to your summer!

When: Saturday, June 1, 2013, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Where: Felton Hall, 6191 Highway 9, Felton, CA

Tickets: call 831-218-1771. ext 1, purchase tickets from any chorus member – $20, children 12 and under free, or purchase tickets online.


Our Own Redwood Four Takes Novice Honors!

February 24th, 2013

Gold Standard Chorus Barbershop Quartet, Redwood Four, takes 2nd placeRedwood Four, a quartet out of the Gold Standard Chorus, took second place in the all-male barbershop novice quartet competition in Ripon, CA on February 23, 2013. Their winning songs were “Sweet and Lovely” and “Let the Rest of the World Go By.”

The annual contest is sponsored by the Far Western District of the Barbershop Harmony Society.  Quartet members are, l-r, tenor Glenn Davis; lead Nick Roberto, chapter past president; bass Larry Hardison; and baritone Bob Folker. Join us in celebrating the great job these fellows did! Picture coming soon!

If you would like to audition for the Gold Standard Chorus, please call 831-218-1771, ext 1.

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