Bay Area Music Groups

The Bay Area is home to literally hundreds of classical music organizations, from community choruses to world-renowned orchestras, opera companies and chamber ensembles. This listing provides all the vital statistics for Bay Area music groups, as well as a summary of what they do best. Search by type of organization or alphabetically. Note to classical music groups: If your organization is not listed here or there is an error in your listing, please email [email protected].

Faire Violls

Founded: 2009

Fairfax Community Church

Artistic Director: Rev. Katharine Harts

Farallon Quintet

A dynamic ensemble and the only professional chamber music group focused exclusively on the clarinet quintet (string quartet plus clarinet) repertoire.

Founded: 2012
Artistic Director: Natalie Parker, Dan Flangan, Matthew Oshida, Elizabeth Prior, Jonah Kim
Where to hear them: On recital series throughout the Bay Area and beyond in addition to appearances at museums, hospitals, schools, and retirement communities.

Farallon Recorder Quartet

Founded: 1996
Artistic Director: Letitia Berlin
Where to hear them: concert series all over the USA

Felicia Cozzi

Vibrant performances popular cover songs, music from famous TV shows and movies, classical music

Founded: 2016
Artistic Director: Felicia Cozzi


Founded: 2013
Artistic Director: Merl Saunders Jr.
Where to hear them: Fenix - music supperclub

Festival del Sole

This festival combines classical music performances by international artists with wine and food.

Founded: 2006
Artistic Director: Richard Walker, Director
Where to hear them: Various halls and wineries, Napa Valley

Festival Mozaic

Founded: 1971, formerly San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival
Artistic Director: Scott Yoo
Where to hear them: San Luis Obispo County

Festival of French Classical Music - Alliance Francaise Silicon Valley

Founded: 2014 by Alliance Francaise Silicon Valley
Artistic Director: Mark Starr and Isabelle Chapuis, co musical directors
Where to hear them: Second Stage - Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

Festival of Harps

Founded: 1989
Artistic Director: Diana Stork

Festival of New American Music

Founded: 1978
Artistic Director: Dr. Keith Bohm
Where to hear them: Sacramento State Music Recital Hall

Festival of the Hours

The Festival of the Hours celebrates sacred music in liturgy, presenting each “Hour” of the Anglican cycle of worship—Matins, Eucharist, Evensong, and Compline—in three full days of services. The Festival choirs are open by invitation and audition.

Where to hear them: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Oakland