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Name:Gold Standard Chorus
Alternate Name(s):Santa Cruz Barbershop
The Gold Standard Barbershop Chorus
Address:P.O. Box 7602
Santa Cruz, CA  95061
Primary Phone:831-218-2721 ext. 1
Description:The Gold Standard Chorus as it performs in the community is a non-competing chorus, and is one of the few barbershop choruses nationwide to have women participating in the chorus as “auxiliary singers.” Our male membership has grown enough in the past few years to have an all-men's chorus that began competing again in 2016.

The Santa Cruz Chapter of the 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 – at some rehearsals – 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. Many of them are also auxiliary members of the BHS. 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 men’s arrangements, in the men’s key; women must sing their part in the same octave as the men.

We meet every Wednesday from 7:00-9:30 PM at Georgina Bruce Kirby Preparatory School, located at 425 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.

Come to listen, come to sing, or come to join us as part of the chorus.

FUNDING SOURCE: Fully supported by membership
dues and income from concerts and Valengram
Programs:Sing For Your Life is an annual concert sponsored by the Gold Standard Chorus for the past 12 years that features Santa Cruz County high school choirs in performance together.
Languages other than English:None
Accommodations for Disabled:Parking & Wheelchair Access
Public Transportation:Call for information
Eligibility:See Description Notes
Fees:Call for Information
Areas Served:Santa Cruz County
Funding Source:See Description Notes

Jordan  Johnson
Music director

John  Osterhout

Subject Headings
Glee Clubs/Choir Groups
Music Clubs
Music Groups
Music Performances
Private Nonprofits
This record last modified September 24, 2016