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].

Berkeley Arts Festival

Where to hear them: 2133 University Street, Berkeley, CA

Berkeley Bach Cantata Group

Founded: 1988
Artistic Director: Ernest Fredrik Knell
Where to hear them: St. John's Episcopal Church, Montclair

Berkeley Ballet Theater

Founded: 1981
Artistic Director: Ilona McHugh
Where to hear them: Julia Morgan Center for the Arts

Berkeley Baroque Strings

Founded: 2013
Artistic Director: Kati Kyme
Where to hear them: St. Clement's Episcopal Church, 2837 Claremont Blvd., Berkeley, CA

Berkeley Black Repertory Theater

Artistic Director: Dr. Mona Vaughn Scott
Where to hear them: East Bay

Berkeley Broadway Singers

The Berkeley Broadway Singers (BBS) is a 75-member community chorus under the music direction of Trente Morant. We sing songs from Broadway shows and movie musicals, with a strong dash of standards from the Great American Songbook, nostalgic tunes from the 20s, 30s, and 40s, as well as jazz, Latin, doo-wop, blues, and other popular music.

We are dedicated to providing a joyful and creative music experience for our members and our audiences. By giving free concerts each season, we reach a large diverse community. We strive for artistic excellence, and encourage the musical development of each singer and the chorus as a whole.

Founded: 1998
Artistic Director: Trente Morant

Berkeley Chamber Opera

BerkeleyChamberOpera.com; [email protected];510-517-1820

Founded: 2012
Artistic Director: Eliza O'Malley
Where to hear them: Berkeley Hillside Club and elsewhere

Berkeley Chamber Performances

Berkeley Chamber Performances is committed to presenting intimate chamber music concerts to the East Bay community. We program a diverse range of musical styles that often expand the boundaries of chamber music by providing established and emerging musical ensembles the opportunity to perform traditional, contemporary, and original works.

Founded: 1993
Artistic Director: Joanne De Phillips
Where to hear them: The Berkeley City Club

Berkeley Choro Ensemble

Specialized in the Brazilian genre Choro: a charming and charismatic blend of European dance/salon/chamber forms with Afro-Brazilian rhythmic energy and a touch of jazz.

Founded: 2010
Artistic Director: Jane Lenoir

Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra

This chorus of non-auditioned singers is open to all and presents two concerts each year (winter and spring), including one major choral work that is accompanied by an orchestra and soloists based in the community. Concerts are free to the public.

Founded: 1966
Artistic Director: Ming Luke
Where to hear them: St. Joseph the Worker Church, Berkeley

Berkeley Festival and Exhibition

Biennial 1-week international festival of concerts, lectures, workshops, and exhibition. Attendees have the opportunity to meet publishers, instrument builders, service organizations, and other early music practitioners. Free and open to the public

Founded: 1990
Artistic Director: Robert Cole
Where to hear them: Venues in and around the UC Berkeley campus

Berkeley Festival of Choro 2015

Founded: 2013
Artistic Director: Brian Rice and Jane Lenoir
Where to hear them: Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley

Berkeley Methodist United Church Choirs

Founded: 1929
Artistic Director: Stephen Varney and Naomi Sanchez
Where to hear them: 1710 Carleton St, Berkeley CA 94703

Berkeley Piano Club

Founded: 1893

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