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].

Yoshi's San Francisco

Founded: November 2007
Artistic Director: Live Music / Derek Hunter
Where to hear them: 1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts

Located on the campus of California State University, Northridge, The Soraya’s season offers a vibrant performance program of nearly 50 classical and popular music, dance, theater, family and international events that will serve to establish The Soraya as the intellectual and cultural heart of the San Fernando Valley, and further establish itself as one of the top arts companies in Southern California. The award-winning, 1,700-seat theatre was designed by HGA Architects and Engineers and was recently cited by the Los Angeles Times as “a growing hub for live music, dance, drama and other cultural events.”

Founded: 2010
Artistic Director: Thor Steingraber

Young Artists Concert Series

Founded: 2009
Artistic Director: Betty Catania
Where to hear them: Suisun

Young Musicans Choral Orchestra

Founded: 2011
Artistic Director: Daisy Newman

Young Musicians For Peace

Young Musicians For Peace organize concerts for the International Rescue Committee. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) a non- sectarian humanitarian organization founded at the suggestion of Albert Einstein. The Young Musicians for Peace, a quintet, feature college and conservatory bound students from Valley Christian High School.

Founded: 2019
Artistic Director: Joseph Vasconi
Where to hear them: Valley Christian Highschool Theater

Young Musicians Program

For more information call Ms. Newman at 510 642-2686

Founded: 1968
Artistic Director: Daisy Newman
Where to hear them: Hertz Hall on the campus of University of California at Berkeley

Young People's Chamber Orchestra

YPCO is a teaching program that includes three orchestral groups: the Preparatory Ensemble (strings only), the Chamber Orchestra (strings only) and the Senior Chamber Symphony (full orchestra). The repertoire focuses on works suitable for chamber orchestra, both classical and contemporary.

Founded: 1983
Artistic Director: Rem Djemilev
Where to hear them: St Johns Presbyterian, All Souls Episcopal and Arlington Community Churches in Berkeley and Kensington

Young People's Symphony Orchestra

Our mission is to guide young musicians to achieve excellence within an orchestral setting. We provide an educational environment that fosters accomplishment, serves as a cultural resource for the community, and builds future audience by instilling a passion for music. We encourage young people to become exemplary musicians, and young musicians to become exemplary people.

Founded: 1936
Artistic Director: David Ramadanoff
Where to hear them: Berkeley and East Bay

Young People's Teen Musical Theater Company

The Company offers students instruction in drama, voice, acting workshop and dance during the school year, a summer workshop, and stages three major productions a year as well as community service performances. It is a free program sponsored by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, and supported by Friends of the Company (FOTC).

Founded: 1984
Artistic Director: Diane Price
Where to hear them: Randall Museum, San Francisco

Young Voices of Melbourne

Founded: 1990
Artistic Director: Mark O'Leary
Where to hear them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8boWk15zBE

Young Women's Choral Projects of San Francisco

The Young Women’s Choral Projects of San Francisco transforms the lives of young women through exceptional artistry in choral performance, and brings the expressive power of their music to the community, the nation, and the world. Through YWCP, young women ages 7-18 from richly diverse socio-ethnic backgrounds find their voices as singers, artists and women in a nurturing environment that empowers them to achieve artistic and personal excellence. YWCP offers three levels of choral experience, each with its own curriculum and musical objectives: Prelude Chorus (beginning level), Allegro Chorus (intermediate level) and Young Women's Chorus (advanced level). All YWCP ensembles teach young women the joy of performing, and instill in each singer important life benefits such as confidence, focus, self-discipline, problem solving, responsibility and compassion.

Founded: 2011
Artistic Director: Dr. Susan McMane
Where to hear them: Stay tuned

Youth Music Of Monterey County

Junior and Honors Orchestra featuring 3 annual concerts with guest soloists and soloist competition winners performing classical music of all levels.

Artistic Director: Farkhad Khudyev

Youth Music Society (SF)

Founded: 2010
Artistic Director: SF SOTA Students
Where to hear them: Various Locations

Youth Musical Theater Company

Founded: 2004
Artistic Director: Jennifer Boesing

Youth Speaks

Through the intersection of arts education and youth development practices, civic engagement strategies, and high quality artistic presentation, Youth Speaks creates safe spaces that challenge young people to find, develop, publicly present, and apply their voices as creators of positive societal change.

Founded: 1996

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