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].


Founded: 2015
Artistic Director: Steve Kahn
Where to hear them: San Francisco/Marin


Founded: 2004
Artistic Director: Martha Stoddard

Chancel Choir of St. John's Episcopal Church, Oakland

Founded: 1951
Artistic Director: Ernest Fredric Knell
Where to hear them: St. John's Episcopal Church, 1707 Gouldin Road, Oakland

Chancellor's Concert Series, USCF

Presents chamber concert series on the campus of UC San Francisco.

Artistic Director: Not specified
Where to hear them: Cole Hall on the UCSF Campus


One of the best-known classical vocal ensemble in the United States, Chanticleer has won numerous Grammy awards and tours internationally, presenting a cappella programs of music from all eras.

Founded: 1978
Artistic Director: Matthew Oltman
Where to hear them: Throughout the Bay Area, in churches and concert halls.

Chapel College Men and Boys Ensemble

Chapel College is a virtuosic choir of men and boys in the English cathedral mode, where students work on a regular basis with some of the best adult choral professionals in the Bay Area.

Artistic Director: Christopher Kula
Where to hear them: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 114 Montecito Ave., Oakland

Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary and Cemetery

Where to hear them: Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary and Cemetery

Charged Particles Jazz Trio

Founded: 1989
Artistic Director: Jon Krosnick, Murray Low, Aaron Germain


Artistic Director: Brooke Bryant
Where to hear them: New York and San Francisco Bay Area

Charity and the JAMband

Founded: 2001
Artistic Director: Charity Kahn
Where to hear them: Family Music

Charmant Musique

Founded: 2013
Artistic Director: Alexandra Sessler and Rachel Larsen
Where to hear them: San Francisco Bay Area

Children's Discovery Museum

The purpose of Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose is to serve the needs of children, families and schools as a center for learning and discovery. For children, it is first and foremost a place to call their own, offering interactive exhibits and programs in a warm and inviting setting. Its educational mission encompasses the themes of Connections, Community, and Creativity. In its unique environment, children actively make connections among ideas, people and cultures. The Museum's programs also encourage children to define their role in and contribution to both local and global communities. Finally, as a center for creative play and expression, Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose provides opportunities for all of us to discover the world through the eyes of our children.

Founded: 1990
Where to hear them: 180 Woz Way, San Jose, CA 95110

Children’s Musical Theater (CMT San Jose)

Children’s Musical Theater (CMT San Jose) is the nation’s largest musical theater and training program for youth of its kind.