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 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.
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