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


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

Joe and Diane Cohen

Joe and Diane feature singers and musicians performing Jazz, R&B, show music and rarely heard gems. All this in the heart of Union Square.

Joseph and Francis Brucia Foundation

Founded: 2008
Artistic Director: Larry Brucia
Where to hear them: Mill Valley Community Center

Julio Reyes, guitarist

Founded: 1977
Where to hear them: Concert halls and churches

Jun Asai

Classic piano

Founded: Davar Church
Artistic Director: Jun Asai
Where to hear them:

Junior Bach Festival

The Junoir Bach Festival is dedicated to promoting the study and performance of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. The festival is held annually in March.

Founded: 1953
Artistic Director: Amy Brodo
Where to hear them: Berkeley

Jupiter Chamber Players

The Jupiter Chamber Players takes pleasure in introducing wider audiences to the chamber music of Russian composers such as Sergei Taneyev, Georgy Catoire, and Iosif Andriasov.  The quartet also continues to present more familiar Russian and European repertoire.

Founded: 1997
Artistic Director: Victor Romasevich
Where to hear them: Venues around the Bay Area