The California Golden Overtones are the premier all-female a cappella group at the University of California, Berkeley. From rap to doo-wop to jazz to contemporary to country, these accomplished performers embrace all musical styles and interpret them into a powerful, female sound. The Overtones have recorded multiple albums, most recently "No Boys Allowed," and placed second in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) in 2001. Since the 1970s, the Overtones have captivated audiences all over the country (and Europe!) with their tight harmonies, synchronization, and power. The Overtones can be found performing regularly at Cal Football games and University functions, as well as all around the Bay Area at private events and parties. However, the greatest fans in the world the Overtones perform for are Cal students, for whom they've sung for more than 30 years. Come watch The Overtones perform in front of Sather Gate every Friday at 1 PM to see them live!


    We are proud to present our annual Spring Show on April 9th and 10th at 7:30pm in 112 Wurster Hall! This year, we are happy to feature our dear friends, The UC Men's Octet, as our openers - as well as some surprise guests both nights! Be sure to get tickets soon before they sell out at tickets.berkeley.edu. Tickets are only $8 for students, and $10 for general admission with an increase of $2 for at-the-door purchases. See you there!

    We also sing on Sproul Plaza during the school year every Friday at 1pm in front of Sather Gate. We'd love it if you'd join us!
"As the host of the largest annual campus football tailgate, the Lair of the Golden Bear is great friends of the California Golden Overtones. For thirteen years, the Overtones have been happy to share the gift of fantastic a cappella music and relentless Cal enthusiasm to our loyal alumni and their children. It is not a stretch to say their boundless energy and talent brings smiles to everyone present, and helps us fulfill a very important mission of building a richer Cal community!"

- David Smith, Lair of the Golden Bear


Joyce Lo

Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Arcadia, CA
Major: Applied Mathematics

Candace Kim

Year: Freshman
Hometown: Burbank, CA
Major: Molecular and Cell Biology

Sierra Spandow

Coming soon...

Hire Us

The California Golden Overtones perform at a wide variety of functions including benefit shows, school ceremonies, tailgates, school rallies, reunions, weddings, showcases, and private parties. We pride ourselves on being punctual, quick to respond to requests, having a large repertoire, and a variety of performance uniforms suited to an array of occasions.

We would love to perform at your next event!


If you have a passion for singing, come out and audition! Auditions will be held on Sunday, September 4th, at 11am in Cesar Chavez basement.

Please enter through the Strawberry Creek entrance. We ask that you prepare a short solo (about a verse and a chorus) to sing a cappella. We suggest you sing whatever shows off your voice and style best! If you have any other a cappella skills, such as vocal percussion, we ask that you prepare a sample of that as well. You may also want to bring homework and snacks, as auditions often last all day!

Being an Overtone is an academic year commitment!

We hold three 3-hour rehearsals — Tuesday and Thursday from 6-9pm, and Sunday from 10-1pm — each week, in addition to a 1-hour rehearsal before our weekly Sproul performances on Fridays at 1PM.

If you have any more questions, please email our business manager, Joyce Lo, at overtones@ucchoral.berkeley.edu. See you then Bears!