Santa Cruz Barbershop

4-part harmony in Santa Cruz County

What Good is Sitting Alone in Your Room?

April 7th, 2016


Come to the Cabaret! Mark your calendar – June 4, 2016. Our annual summer cabaret show is just around the corner. Great barbershop music, a look at our new men’s chorus, some new quartets – and of course, the dessert buffet for that sugar rush you love so much! And as always, you can get tickets online, or from your friendly neighborhood chorus member!

When: Saturday, June 4, 2016,7:00 – 9:00 PM
Where: Felton Community Hall, 6191 Highway 9 in Felton, CA

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under. All tickets include homemade desserts.

What are we up to?

March 13th, 2016



Men's Chorus at March Workshop

Our new Men’s Chorus rehearses at an all-day workshop, directed by Jordan Johnson, while workshop leader Adam Kidd is deep in thought regarding our next step

Hello, Santa Cruz! It’s been awhile since we had an update here, and we have some exciting news! The Gold Standard Chorus now has a men’s chorus. April 2nd is a red-letter day for the GSC, as for the first time in many years we are competing at the Far Western District NE/NW Division Spring Contest in Castro Valley, CA! Gentlemen, if the idea of singing some of the best a cappella music in America and celebrating that music with other like-minded folks is appealing, there is still room in the chorus for YOU! Join us any Wednesday night in the choir room of Georgina Bruce Kirby Preparatory School at 8:00 PM (6:30 if you want to participate in the mixed voice chorus as well), you are always welcomed with open arms – even if all you want to do is listen for an evening and find out what this “Barbershop Thing” is all about!

The Far Western District Spring Contest is open to the public. Tickets are $60 online for a full day of wonderful entertainment, and you can cheer on the locals! Tickets will be $65 at the door, but this event tends to sell out ahead of time, so your best bet is to order online – be sure to scroll down to the second event on the page. We guarantee you it’s a day you won’t forget!

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!