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].

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

Jennifer Hunt, Flute

Artistic Director: Jennifer Hunt


Founded: 1997
Artistic Director: Rebecca Faiola
Where to hear them: Local venues and private events


Founded: 2000
Artistic Director: Rebecca Faiola
Where to hear them:

Jewels In the Square

The Jewels in the Square Performance Series brings live music, dance, outdoor movies and other entertainment to Union Square Park for everyone to enjoy. Jewels showcases upcoming and emerging talent with a unique San Francisco flair. All programs are held from April through October on the main stage of the beautifully redesigned Union Square Park. Events are generally held on Wednesdays at 12:30 pm and 6 pm, and on Sundays at 2:00 pm. All events are free to the public. Jewels is an ongoing program series sponsored by MJM Management Group and the San Francisco Parks Trust.

Where to hear them: Union Square Park

Jewish Community Center of Sonoma County

Founded: 1995
Artistic Director: Ellen Blustein
Where to hear them: Rialto Cinemas

Jewish Community Library

Founded: over 30 years ago
Artistic Director: Allison Green, Program Coordinator
Where to hear them: 1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94127

Jewish Music & Poetry Project

Founded: 2007/8
Artistic Director: Nanette McGuinness
Where to hear them: Berkeley and San Francisco

Jewish Music Festival

Founded: 1986
Artistic Director: Ellie Shapiro
Where to hear them: venues throughout the Bay Area