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 Playhouse

Founded: 2007
Artistic Director: Elizabeth McKoy, Artistic Director / Jerry R. Foust, Executive Director
Where to hear them: Julia Morgan Center for the Arts

Berkeley Repertory Theater

Founded: 1968
Artistic Director: Tony Taccone
Where to hear them: Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Berkeley Symphony

Berkeley Symphony has established a reputation for presenting major new works for orchestra alongside fresh interpretations of the classical European repertoire. Under Music Director Joana Carneiro, it performs four mainstage concerts a year in Zellerbach Hall, presents a four concert Berkeley Symphony & Friends Chamber Series at the Piedmont Center for the Arts, and provides comprehensive, age-appropriate music curriculum to Berkeley elementary students each year through its Music in the Schools program.

Founded: 1969
Artistic Director: Joana Carneiro
Where to hear them: Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley campus

Berkeley Women's Community Chorus

Artistic Director: Debra Golata
Where to hear them: Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda, Berkeley, Ca 94707

Berkeley Youth Orchestra

BYO is a program for young musicians in 5th through 10th grades. The orchestra performs music selected from standard orchestral repertoire. Musicians receive training from Bay Area professionals. A smaller Chamber Music program provides opportunities for orchestra members to achieve a higher level of musical growth and responsibility

Founded: 1969
Artistic Director: Jay Lehmann
Where to hear them: Laney College Theater in Oakland

Bernal Hill Players

Founded: 2008
Artistic Director: Jennifer Peringer
Where to hear them: San Francisco, the Community Music Center

Bertamo Trio

Founded: 2010
Artistic Director: Letitia Berlin
Where to hear them: various

Big Wide Room

Where to hear them: St. Jude's Episcopal Church

Bill Doggett Productions

Founded: 2011
Artistic Director: Bill Doggett,Lecturer and Historian
Where to hear them:

Bird & Beckett

jazz combos

Founded: 1999
Artistic Director: Eric Whittington
Where to hear them: Bird & Beckett Books, 653 Chenery Street, in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood

Biscuits and Blues

Founded: 1995
Artistic Director: Steven Suen
Where to hear them:

Black Box Baroque

Founded: 2014
Artistic Director: Sara Hagenbuch
Where to hear them: San Francisco black box theaters