The California Golden Overtones are a completely student-run musical group on campus. We are proud members of UC Choral Ensembles. We are a lively group of girls who, with our music, love to spread joy and Cal Spirit. We can be seen performing at Cal football games, at University functions, as well as all over the Bay Area for private events and parties. We have been performing for our favorite fans -- Cal students -- every Friday at 1 PM in front of Sather Gate for more than 30 years!


    • Come see us perform at UC Berkeley's annual Fall Welcome Back A Cappella Showcase this Friday, August 28th at 7pm in Hertz Hall! It's a free a cappella concert featuring the best of UC Berkeley a cappella including The California Golden Overtones, UC Men's Octet, Noteworthy, Artists in Resonance, and more! We hope to see you there at this fun, a cappella-filled night. For more information, check out the Facebook events page here.

    • We 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
"The Overtones are a must for any successful event. Their class, sass, and powerful voices will, without a doubt, blow the audience away. They have a wide range of song choices, and we were able to choose what kind of songs we wanted performed. The group was professional and very easy to work with. The Suitcase Clinic was very grateful for their performance at the Benefit Concert!"

- Maitreyee Mittal
"The Overtones are one of the most requested groups from the Class Reunion events. They are always professional, arriving a few minutes before they are asked to perform and checking in on what the best staging for the group will be. They sing great Cal songs that get everyone in the Cal Spirit! The Overtones are also great at singing period music for each group they are performing at - from classics of the 1950's to anything you can hear on the radio! They are fantastic!"

- Maya Goehring-Harris
"The Golden Overtones are absolutely fantastic! They opened TEDxBerkeley with a bang, and the energy in the entire room was tangible after their performance. Their repertoire is extremely varied, and they are very accommodating to the thematic needs of your event. The Golden Overtones are also very professional, and easy to work with. I cannot recommend them highly enough!"

- Erin Roberts, Curator for TEDxBerkeley
"Being in the california golden overtones was truly my favorite experience at Cal. Although the time commitment is intense, the friendships you form and the performances you have are extremely rewarding!"

- Sachi Holla, Overtones Alumni
"The Golden Overtones performed at our annual holiday party in Stanley Hall, held in December 2013 and attended by several hundred scientists and engineers. I found it very easy to arrange the logistics with the group and appreciated help in picking the song list. Group members were punctual and gracious, and, most importantly, they gave an energetic, polished performance that was the highlight of our party! I would definitely hire them again."

- Jan Ambrosini, QB3 Communications Director
"Being in tones created the perfect opportunity to grow as an artist and a leader. It also opened up amazing networks within not only the Berkeley a Capella community, but singing groups up and down the west coast!"

- Audrey Baker, Overtones Alumni
"I had the pleasure of working with the Overtones during our closing ceremony for a few CalSO sessions as well as for our Overnight Host Program. Not only are the an excellent organization to work with in terms of planning and logistics but they all have phenomenal voices and are truly entertainers! I would highly recommend them if you are looking for a fun group of women who have amazing voices, can amp up an audience, and who know how to wow a crowd!"

- Emily Krechel, Getting Your Bearings


Kyara Dorvee

Year: Senior
Hometown: Portland, ME
Major: Peace and Conflict Studies

Angelene Superable

Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Houston, TX
Major: Political Science

Charlyn Manuyag

Year: Freshman
Hometown: Waipahu, HI
Major: Engineering Physics

Joban Gill
Social Chair

Year: Freshman
Hometown: Redding, CA
Major: Pre-Business Administration

Cierra Reimche

Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Belmont, CA
Major: Middle Eastern Studies

Linda Benyahia

Year: Junior
Hometown: Paris, FR
Major: Political Science

Hoi Ning Liu

Year: Junior
Hometown: Hong Kong, China
Major: Business Administration and Development Studies

Marina Rowen

Year: Freshman
Hometown: Long Beach, CA
Major: Economics

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 are held twice a year: at the end of every spring semester and the beginning of every fall semester. Please prepare a short solo to sing unaccompanied that shows off your voice. You may also want to bring homework as auditions often last all day!

Being an Overtone is an academic year commitment!

We hold three 3-hour rehearsals — Tuesday and Thursday from 5-8pm, and Sunday from 11-2pm — each week, in addition to a 1-hour rehearsal before our weekly Sproul performances on Fridays at 1PM.

Our fall auditions for the 2015-2016 school year will be held on Sunday, September 6th at 11am in the Cesar Chavez Student Center Basement!

Come audition to be an Overtone for the 2015-16 school year! All you have to prepare is an unaccompanied audition song that best shows off your voice, as well as samples of any other a cappella skills you may have (such as beatboxing). Auditions are an all-day commitment, so you may want to bring some homework as well. For more information, please checkout our Facebook events page here.

Please come through the entrance by Strawberry Creek and underneath the UC Choral Ensembles Banner. Feel free to contact our business manager, Joban Gill, at overtones@ucchoral.berkeley.edu if you have any questions, and we can't wait to see you there! Go Bears!