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].

Legion of Honor

Artistic Director: Renee Baldocchi
Where to hear them: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco: Legion of Honor

Les Ameriquains

Artistic Director: Lewis Patzner
Where to hear them: The Starry Plough Pub

Les Stringfellow, Tenor & Deborah Colling, Soprano

Founded: February 2010
Artistic Director: Suzuki Studios
Where to hear them: South Bay Cities, Oakland's Temple Hill

Les Violettes

Founded: 1977
Artistic Director: Violet Grgich
Where to hear them: Grgich Hills Estate

Lesbian and Gay Chorus of San Francisco

Mainly operetta, Broadway and popular repertoire combined with comedic staging.

Founded: 1980
Artistic Director: Stephanie Laynne Smith
Where to hear them: Venues in San Francisco


Founded: 2005
Artistic Director: Mitch Greer, Rachel Smith
Where to hear them:

Lieder Alive!

A biannual Master Workshop for advanced singers.

Founded: 2007
Artistic Director: Maxine Bernstein
Where to hear them: San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concert Hall

Light Opera Theatre of Sacramento

Founded: 1982
Artistic Director: Maestro Philip Daley
Where to hear them: Sacramento, CA


Founded: 2008
Artistic Director: Tim Silva
Where to hear them: Los Angeles, Bay Area, Boston

Liss Fain Dance

Artistic Director: Liss Fain
Where to hear them: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum

Listen for Life

Founded: 1998
Artistic Director: Donna Stoering
Where to hear them: San Francisco Bay Area (especially Oakland) and worldwide