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].

Bard Music West

Bard Music West is a place where audiences can explore the continuum of music in concert while connecting deeply with music of our time. Bard Music West is a new generation of the Bard Music Festival (BMF), a critically-acclaimed classical music festival founded by Bard College in 1990 that each year examines the life, influences, and music of a single composer through thematic concert programming, preconcert talks, and panel discussions. Bard Music West combines the depth and creativity of the BMF with a modern twist for the innovative San Francisco Bay Area.

Founded: 2017
Artistic Director: Allegra Chapman
Where to hear them: Noe Valley Ministry

Barefoot Chamber Concerts

Founded: 2007
Artistic Director: Peter Hallifax & Julie Jeffrey

Baroque Etcetera

Baroque Etcetera's repertoire is a mix of instrumental and vocal works by well known and obscure composers

Founded: 2000
Artistic Director: Richard Stumpf
Where to hear them: Venues in the East Bay

Baruch Performing Arts Center ONLINE

baruch.cuny.edu/bpac

Artistic Director: Ted Altschuler

Bay Area Alexander Technique

BAAT is a consortium of Bay area Alexander Technique teachers dedicated to sharing Alexander Technique training for the performance improvement of artists and musicians as well as the general public.

Founded: 2016
Artistic Director: George Lister, John Baron

Bay Area All Strings & Brass

Artistic Director: Georgina Petheo
Where to hear them: Weddings, Special Events, Concerts

Bay Area Brass

This cooperative of professional brass players from around the Bay Area presents concerts that spotlight the unique repertoire and sound of this family of instruments. Bay Area Brass draws members from top-flight ensembles in the area, and their concerts include jazz and other contemporary musical styles, in addition to classical repertoire.

Founded: 1995
Artistic Director: Not specified
Where to hear them: Venues around the Bay Area.

Bay Area Cabaret

Founded: 2004, by Marilyn Levinson
Where to hear them: The Venetian Room of the Fairmont, San Francisco

Bay Area Chapter of the American Harp Society

Bay Area Chapter is a local chapter of the American Harp Society. This local chapter was founded in 1965. It serves to meet the need to share information and promote and foster an appreciation of the harp as a musical instrument in the Bay Area and further harp education at all levels.

Founded: 1965

Bay Area Children's Theatre

bactheatre.org/

Founded: 2004
Artistic Director: Nina Meehan
Where to hear them: Freight & Salvage, Berkeley; Front Row Theatre, San Ramon

Bay Area Classical Harmonies

chorale and orchestral music

Founded: 2004
Artistic Director: Andrew Chung
Where to hear them: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Oakland; Arlington Community Church, Kensington

Bay Area Classical Harmonies (BACH)

This unique organization includes the BACH Ensemble, The Josquin Singers, and The Seemorgh Ensemble, as well as the Last Friday at Pro Arts music series.

Founded: 1998
Artistic Director: Andrew J. Chung, founder
Where to hear them: Throughout the Bay Area

Bay Area Discovery Museum

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is a one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor children's museum at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, serving over 300,000 visitors per year on its 7.5 acre Sausalito campus. The Museum is the only children’s museum in the U.S. to be located in a national park, and its exhibits are admired and emulated by other children’s museums nationwide. The Museum is recognized as the leading children’s museum dedicated to nurturing childhood creativity, fostering future generations of creative thinkers and innovators. With this emphasis on creativity through play, the Museum encourages children ages 6 months to 8 years to develop into curious, creative, adventurous lifelong learners and explorers.

Artistic Director: Richard Winefield
Where to hear them: Sausalito, CA

Bay Area Flamenco

Founded: 2004
Artistic Director: Nina Menendez

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