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].

Cantare Con Vivo

In 1987, Artistic Director David Morales founded Cantare Con Vivo (To Sing With Life) as a non-profit, tax-exempt music organization. From its inception, the 24-singer mixed choral ensemble has provided choral music with an uncompromising commitment to excellence for its singers and listeners. In 1989 they expanded to 40 singers and remained as such for a decade, until February 1999, when Cantare reorganized, forming three distinct wings to its program: Cantare Chorale (100 voices), Chamber Ensemble (24 voices), and a Music Education and Outreach Program for children in Oakland's urban center currently serving 2000 students each week.

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Founded: 1987
Artistic Director: David Morales

Cantata Collective

Perform Bach Cantatas Free to the Public

Founded: 2017
Where to hear them: St. Mary Magdalen Church, Berkeley, CA

Cantiamo Sonoma

Artistic Director: Carol Menke
Where to hear them: Santa Rosa, North Bay, San Francisco

Capitol Opera

Artistic Director: Jamie Bonetto
Where to hear them: Sacramento, Davis, San Francisco Bay Area

Cappella Romana

Cappella Romana is a professional vocal ensemble dedicated to combining passion with scholarship in its exploration of the sacred music in the Christian traditions of East and West. Founded in San Francisco in 1991, the ensemble is known especially for its performances and recordings of Greek and Russian Orthodox choral works, Byzantine chant, and early and contemporary sacred music.

Founded: 1991
Artistic Director: Alexander Lingas

Cappella SF

Founded: 2013
Artistic Director: Ragnar Bohlin
Where to hear them: Performing throughout the bay area, airing on classical radio stations and www.cappellasf.org

Capriccio Music

Founded: 2010
Artistic Director: Alexander Aisenberg
Where to hear them: Various venues in San Francisco, the Peninsula and South Bay

Cardinal Point Chamber Music Series

Founded: 2008
Artistic Director: Marion Fay
Where to hear them: Cardinal Point , 2341 Mariner Square Drive, Alameda , Ca 94501

Caritas Chamber Chorale

Founded: 2005
Artistic Director: Barbara Sanderman

Carmel Bach Festival

A 23 day celebration of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, his contemporaries and musical heirs.

Founded: 1935
Artistic Director: Bruno Weil
Where to hear them: The Sunset Theater and other venues in and around Carmel

Carmel Music Society

The Society presents a season of world-class performances yearly, and also runs a competition for aspiring young musicians for audiences of the Central Coast

Founded: 1927
Artistic Director: Anne Thorp
Where to hear them: The Sunset Center and All Saints Church in Carmel

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