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].

Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble

Founded: 2008
Artistic Director: Jack Curtis Dubowsky
Where to hear them:

James Toland Vocal Arts

Founded: 2013
Artistic Director: James Toland

Japanese Choral Federation of Northern California

This is an association of the six Japanese chorus groups in SF Bay Area and Sacramento.

Where to hear them: Around the Bay Area

Japanese Music Institute

Founded: 1981
Artistic Director: Masayuki Koga

Jarvis Conservatory

Utilizing a grant from the Jarvis family the Conservatory provides training and support for artists. The Conservatory is dedicated to serious art forms not often available in other places, and at the same time, art forms relating to the large Hispanic community of Napa.

Founded: 1995
Artistic Director: William Jarvis
Where to hear them: The Jarvis Conservatory

Jazz at the Lesher Center

The Diablo Regional Arts Association is committed to elevating the quality and professionalism of performing arts in Contra Costa County. Its support of drama, classical music, dance, and musical theater at the Lesher Center has enriched the theater-going experience in the region. But missing from the area’s performing arts scene is jazz as performed by instrumentalists and vocalists of the top rank. Now, in its debut as a presenter, DRAA is producing a concert series featuring internationally acclaimed jazz artists.

Artistic Director: Daniel Levenstein
Where to hear them: Margaret Lesher Theatre, Walnut Creek

Jazz in the Neighborhood

Founded: 2012
Artistic Director: Mario Guarneri
Where to hear them: in neighborhood venues around the Bay Area

Jean Stirling, President

Founded: 1979
Artistic Director: Les Pfutzenreuter
Where to hear them: Mendocino College Center Theatre or School of Performing Arts and Education (SPACE) in Ukiah, CA