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Gold Standard Chorus

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General Agency Information
Name:Gold Standard Chorus
Alternate Name(s):Santa Cruz Barbershop
The Gold Standard Barbershop Chorus
Address:P.O. Box 1209
Aptos, CA  95001
Primary Phone:408-221-1788
Description:Gold Standard is a mixed (family) chorus that sings four-part harmony. Gold Standard was founded in Santa Cruz in 1989, as a chapter of the Far Western District of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

The Santa Cruz Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) has only male members. In 2005, in order to remain an active chorus with all four parts, the chapter voted to allow females to sing in the chorus as "auxiliary singers," in order to fill in some of the parts where male singers were sparse or Ė at some rehearsals Ė non-existent. The female singers are not members of the Santa Cruz Chapter of the BHS, but they are considered fully participating members of the local performing barbershop chorus, known as the Gold Standard Chorus. Besides singing, they hold many of the "jobs" that keep the chorus functioning smoothly.

In order to preserve the male barbershop sound, the Santa Cruz Chapter has adopted rules at the chapter level. These rules are not in any way endorsed by the BHS, but are the result of conferring with several top individuals at Society Headquarters via the auspices of the Mixed Harmony Barbershop Quartet Association. The primary rule is that the ratio of male to female voices must be no more than 1/3 active female voices to 2/3 active male voices. The chorus sings only menís arrangements, in the menís key; women must sing their part in the same octave as the men.

Rehearsals are held Wednesday evenings, 7:00pm, in the Santa Cruz High School music room in the Music Building (off Walnut, on California), 415 Walnut Avenue, Santa Cruz.

ELIGIBILITY: Anyone who wants to sing is eligible, ages 6 to 96.

FEES: Males are required to join the Barbershop Harmony Society. Society dues are $120 for the first year, $110 each year thereafter. Chorus chapter dues beyond that are $120/year. So for less than $5 per week, it's an excellent value for some of the best vocal harmony training in town.

FUNDING SOURCE: Fully supported by membership
dues and income from concerts and Valengram

Programs:The Gold Standard Chorus puts on an annual concert series in early November, SING FOR YOUR LIFE, to support the music departments of the county's schools, a Cabaret dessert show in the spring, and provides singing valentine quartets in February.

Languages other than English:None
Accommodations for Disabled:Parking & Wheelchair Access
Public Transportation:Call for information
Eligibility:See Description Notes
Fees:See Description Notes
Areas Served:Santa Cruz County
Funding Source:See Description Notes

Jordan  Johnson
Musical director

Nick  Roberto

Contact Persons

Nick  Roberto

Lara  Pacheco

Subject Headings
Glee Clubs/Choir Groups
Music Clubs
Music Groups
Music Performances
Private Nonprofits
This record last modified January 3, 2013

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