California Golden Overtones

California Golden Overtones

Founded in the '70s as the Decibelles, the California Golden Overtones (since 1984), sometimes called the Golden Overtones or the Tones, is a six- to ten-member female a cappella group at the University of California, Berkeley. The group’s prolific repertoire spans many genres of music and grows each year with new arrangements and contributions of past and popular songs. From rap to doo-wop to country, the group embraces all styles and interprets them into a strong female sound.

The Overtones have recorded multiple albums, most recently No Boys Allowed (2002). In 2001 the group placed second in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA).

The Overtones perform regularly around the Bay Area for both alumni and the community. They also perform for Cal students each Friday of the academic year at one o’clock. They can be found next to the historic Sather Gate on Berkeley’s Sproul Plaza.[1]

The group hosts a series of annual concerts. In the Fall, the West Coast A Cappella Showcase features invited groups from all over the country. Past guest groups in this concert have included former ICCA Champions Brigham Young University’s Noteworthy and Vocal Point and Colorado's In the Buff. Other California guests include groups from Stanford, UCLA, USC, Mount San Antonio College, and the University of Oregon. The Overtones also perform in annual concert performances including the Overtones Spring Show, and a guest appearance at the UC Men's Octet Spring Show.[2]


  • California Street, 1988
  • Bar Nine, 1990
  • Ridin' the Wave, 1993
  • Pipe Dreams, 1995
  • Bear All, 2000
  • No Boys Allowed, 2002


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