About

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!

Updates

    • Our next performance will be at the Alumni House Tailgate on Saturday, September 6th at 10:30 am. 

    • We sing on Sproul Plaza during the school year every Friday at 1pm in front of Sather Gate. Come watch!

"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

Members

Jess
Evaristo

Music Manager

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA

Major: Public Health

Sheila
Rajagopalan

Business Manager

Year: Junior

Hometown: Raleigh, NC

Major: Cognitive Science

Caroline
Lis

Events Manager

Year: Junior

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Major: Chemistry and Mathematics

Maria
Pougiales-Posey


Year: Senior

Hometown: Novato, CA

Major: Psychology & Italian Studies

Sahana
Rajasekar


Year: Senior

Hometown: Bangalore, India

Major: Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Souma
Kundu


Year: Junior

Hometown: San Jose, CA

Major: Sociology

Danielle
Bezalel


Year: Senior

Hometown: Westbury, NY

Major: Film and Media Studies

Chloe
Gregori


Year: Sophomore

Hometown: San Leandro, CA

Major: Peace and Conflict Studies

Tori
Schniedewind


Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Major: Theater Studies & Eqyptology

Bella
Calliva


Year: Sophomore

Hometown: London, England

Major: Comparative Literature

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!

Audition

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 have three 3-hour rehearsals (Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday) each week in addition to a 1-hour rehearsal before our weekly 1 pm Friday performances on Sproul.

The next set of auditions will be on Sunday, September 7th at 11am. They will be held in the Cesar Chavez Student Center basement, through the entrance by Strawberry Creek and underneath the UC Choral Ensembles Banner. Please contact our business manager at overtones@ucchoral.berkeley.edu if you have any questions.