Voices of California (VoCal) was founded in 2010. While based in Sacramento, the membership of VoCal is comprised of men from Northern California and areas of Nevada. Our priority is first-class entertainment! We strive to be good stewards in our community by performance, and support of our local music performance groups, and a focus on youth outreach in our schools and colleges. VoCal found instant local success in being name Northeast Division Champions at our first contest 11 weeks after our founding. VoCal has earned that championship every year since! VoCal was also the first Sacramento area representative to the International Barbershop Harmony Contest in 2013 after 65 years of barbershop in the Sacramento Valley. We had returned to the International Contest Stage several times since and are focused on a return in 2019
The main purpose of Voices of California is to get out and sing for our community. We sing at annual shows, several community events, and at annual competitions. We also perform Singing Telegrams around Valentine's Day. We are available to sing at your next function or event. If you're looking for a unique musical experience to liven up your event, please check out our Hire Us section.
In addition to sharing our music with others, another great passion of ours is learning more about the art of acapella singing. Vocal instruction is a regular part of chorus rehearsals and an essential component of the chorus experience. A couple of times a year, we will get coaching from a visiting master in the art of barbershop, where we learn many fabulous tricks of the trade.
CompetitionIn the spring of every year, Voices of California participates in the Northeast Division of the Far Western District chorus competition in various cities. Competitions are a special time for quartets and choruses from our Division to sing for each other and get some constructive feedback from a panel of judges. The winners of the District competition in both quartet and chorus categories get to travel to International Competition, which is held in the Summer in a city selected each year.
Most choruses have several members who form their own vocal quartets in addition to singing with the chorus. Voices of California is currently home to several wonderful quartets, and we are very proud of them! Click here to see our quartet section to learn more about them.
Voices of California is a Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) chapter, a non-profit organization of approximately 25,000 members in choruses and quartets worldwide. The Headquarters is in Nashville, TN
Voices of California represents the Far Western District of the BHS. This region includes choruses in California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, and a portion of Utah.