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].

Black Cat

Live jazz music in a supper-club environment.

Black Cedar Trio

Founded: 2010
Artistic Director: Dr. Kris Palmer
Where to hear them: throughout the Bay Area

Black Choreographers Festival

The Black Choreographers Festival: Here and Now strives to serve the community through providing a forum to increase the visibility of African American dance. Understanding the impact and importance of the African and African American experience in dance, this project aims to recognize the ingenuity and uniqueness of African and African American Choreographers. It is a project integral to the Bay Area arts community presenting local and national artists in a series comprised of contemporary and traditional concerts, showcases, mentoring, educational programs, community partnerships, symposia and archival documentation. We endeavor to foster a new generation of supporters ensuring the longevity of both established and emerging artists.

Blackbird Ensemble

Founded: 2011
Artistic Director: Andrea Kline
Where to hear them: San Francisco

Blackhawk Chorus

Founded: 1991
Artistic Director: Diane Gilfether
Where to hear them: Lesher Center for the Arts


Founded: 2014
Artistic Director: n/a
Where to hear them: Peninsula

Blackwood Clarinet Ensemble

Founded: 2014
Artistic Director: n/a
Where to hear them: various locations on the Peninsula

Blood Tango the Musical

New musical auditioning for RECORDINGS of the songs in March in Oakland (safer neighborhood). Baritones, tenors, young sounding sopranos $200-$300. 2-4 songs, about 2 hrs per song, hopefully in one session. .Audition info at Questions? 510 459 8264.

Founded: 2016
Artistic Director: John McMullen
Where to hear them: /

BluePrint New Music Series

Blueprint music series is focused on building new music for the city and is presented by the San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Founded: 2002
Artistic Director: Nicole Paiement
Where to hear them: San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Bodhi Tree Concerts North

Founded: 2013
Artistic Director: Bruce Olstad
Where to hear them: Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Rd., Palo Alto 94306

Bolshoi Ballet

Artistic Director: Nacho Duato
Where to hear them: Balboa Theatre

Born to Drone

Founded: 1993
Artistic Director: Jeanne Benioff

Boston Court Pasadena

Boston Court Pasadena is dedicated to creating and presenting works that are innovative, diverse, vital, and adventurous in an intimate setting.

Boston Court Pasadena opened its doors in 2003 after philanthropist Z. Clark Branson decided to give back to the Pasadena community that fostered his love of the arts from a young age. Mr. Branson built a state-of-the-art facility that includes a 99-seat Main Stage and an 80-seat flexible space. A nonprofit entity (The Theatre at Boston Court d/b/a Boston Court Pasadena) was created and charged with maintaining the facility as well as programming and funding its operations.

Each year, Boston Court Pasadena produces a season of more than 100 exciting performances in theater and music, including an Emerging Artists Series and a New Play Reading Festival. It also showcases rotating visual art exhibits that complement the themes of the music and theater programming.

Founded: 2003