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].

California Jazz Conservatory

The California Jazz Conservatory (F/K/A Jazzschool, Inc.) is an innovative nonprofit organization dedicated to the study and performance of jazz — America’s national art form — and related styles of music from around the world. Founded in 1997, the institution has recently been granted accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), making it the only accredited, stand-alone conservatory devoted to jazz studies in the United States. The school is located in the heart of the vibrant Downtown Berkeley Arts District, home to Berkeley Rep, the Freight & Salvage and many other arts organization.

Founded: 1997

California Music Center

Artistic Director: Mitchelll Sardou Klein
Where to hear them: Multiple venues

California Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

Founded: 2007
Artistic Director: Byung Woo Kim
Where to hear them:

California Pops Orchestra

Founded: 1989
Artistic Director: Kim Venaas
Where to hear them: Smithwick Theatre, Foothill College

California Redwood Chorale

Founded: 2006
Artistic Director: Robert Hazelrigg

California Revels

Founded: 1986
Artistic Director: David Parr

California Sound Collective

California Sound Collective is a new kind of musical organization whose mission is to provide unique ways for musicians at various levels to perform and enjoy both classical and non-classical music together, and to introduce the Collective’s music to a wider audience.

Founded: 2015
Artistic Director: David Ramadanoff
Where to hear them: Piedmont Center for the Arts on August 26, 2017 at 7:30 p.m

California Summer Music

This one week program is offered by the Sonoma State University. Young musicians and composers are given intense training that culminates in 3 performances in the University music center.

Where to hear them: The Green Music Center

California Summer Music

Founded: 1996
Artistic Director: Irene Sharp
Where to hear them: Green Music Center, Sonoma State University

California Symphony

This professional orchestra performs the full range of classical repertoire, with a particular emphasis on American composers, with at least one represented on every concert program.

Founded: 1986
Artistic Director: Barry Jekowsky, Music Director and Founder
Where to hear them: Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek

California Youth Symphony

CYS offers nine programs, covering all symphonic instruments, for young musicians ages 8 to 18.

Founded: 1952
Artistic Director: Leo Eylar
Where to hear them: Flint Center, Spangenberg Theatre, Foothill College and the San Mateo Performing Arts Center


Original and throwback, shredded gnar and sultry croon, Californicorns are climbing a wall of sound to a big sweaty dance party filled with sentimental ballads and get-your-ass-off-the-wall jams

Calling All Choir

Founded: 2013
Artistic Director: Mark Growden
Where to hear them: