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].

Bowerbird Collective

The Bowerbird Collective was formed by Simone Slattery and Anthony Albrecht in 2017 to explore links between art and science and to tell stories using a multimedia performance platform. Two of Australia’s most accomplished and adventurous classical musicians, Simone and Anthony are committed to presenting transdisciplinary knowledge in accessible, informative, emotive and innovative ways, to weave new aesthetic, philosophical and emotional connections and engage with highly diverse audiences.

Founded: 2019
Artistic Director: Anthony Albrecht
Where to hear them: Australia, USA, Canada, UK


Founded: 2011
Artistic Director: Shirley Hunt & Elinor Frey

Brass Over Bridges

Brass quintet music from a variety of styles and eras; from baroque to contemporary, and from jazz to popular music.

Founded: Co-founded by all members of the quintet in 2016.
Artistic Director: Co-directed by all members of the quintet
Where to hear them: All over the Bay Area. Check out our website for more specific information on upcoming events.


Founded: 2004
Artistic Director: Jeff Foster
Where to hear them: San Francisco and the East Bay

Brava! for Women in the Arts

Founded: 1986
Artistic Director: Executive Director, Anastacia Powers Cuellar
Where to hear them: Brava Theater Center, 2781-24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Brave New Music

Founded: 2013
Artistic Director: Gary McLaughlin
Where to hear them: SHED in Healdsburg

Bread and Puppet Theater

Founded: 1960s
Artistic Director: Peter Schumann

Bread and Roses

Bread & Roses brings hope and healing through live music to isolated individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our performances uplift the spirits of children undergoing chemotherapy, teens battling substance abuse, families in homeless shelters, seniors nearing the end of life transition, and others living apart from friends and family while facing challenging times.

Founded: 2000
Artistic Director: Cassandra Flipper

Bria Skonberg Quartet

Founded: 2015
Artistic Director: Bria Skonberg
Where to hear them: Various Bay Area Venues

Bridge ArtSpace

Bridge Storage and ArtSpace is located at 23 Maine Avenue in Richmond, CA. We offer Coworking, Maker Space, Film Stage, Art Galleries, and events. We are a venue for live music and film.

Founded: 1993
Artistic Director: n/a

Bridge Chamber Virtuosi

Founded: 2010
Artistic Director: Wei He, violin, Yunjie Liu, viola and Amos Yang, cello
Where to hear them: Legion of Honor, Asian arts museum, San francisco conservatory of music, Davis symphony hall