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].

CHIME of Piedmont

CHIME is an acronym for Citizens Highly Interested in Music Education. Members of CHIME are parents and friends of students who support music and the performing arts in all our schools.

Where to hear them: Piedmont

Chinese Cultural Center of San Francisco

The Chinese Culture Foundation (CCF) was founded in 1965 to preserve, promote and influence Chinese art and culture. The Chinese Culture Center (CCC) opened in 1973 as CCF’s primary program site. In its 45 years of work, CCC has played a pioneering role in introducing Chinese culture to the American public through exhibitions and public programming of a broad spectrum of Chinese traditional and contemporary artistic works in multiple disciplines: Visual Arts, Literature, Music and Theater. Centrally located between Chinatown and the Financial District, the Center attracts a broad spectrum of audiences from the Chinese community, the city at large, and the greater Bay Area, as well as visitors from across the US and from other countries. In 2010 over 33,000 visitors engaged in CCC programs.

Founded: 1965
Artistic Director: Mabel Teng, Executive Director

Choir of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Burlingame

Artistic Director: Susan Jane Matthews, DMA
Where to hear them: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 415 El Camino Real, Burlingame

Choirs of Jesus College, Cambridge

Artistic Director: Mark Williams
Where to hear them: Cambridge University, England

Chora Nova

Since its founding in 2006, Chora Nova has become an important part of the San Francisco Bay Area’s cultural fabric. Based in Berkeley, California, it is known as a chorus that presents innovative programs featuring a mix of well-known and unusual works from the Baroque to the 20th century. Our March 2015 concert introduced Bay Area audiences to Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast and Gustav Holst’s The Cloud Messenger. In March 2017 we performed Rheniberger’s Stabat Mater, which at that time had never been recorded, even on YouTube. The chorus presents three concerts per year, in November, March, and May.

Founded: 2006
Artistic Director: Paul Flight
Where to hear them: First Congregational Church, Berkeley

Choral Artists of Carmel

classical choral works

Founded: 2019
Artistic Director: Robin McKee Williams
Where to hear them: Carmel and the Monterey Peninsula

Choral Chameleon

Versatile 12-voice professional ensemble known for eclectic programming, informality and seamless transition between genres. Group in Residence at cutting-edge music incubator National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY. Led by San Francisco-born Vince Peterson, winner of Chorus America's 2018 Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial zeal.

Founded: 2008
Artistic Director: Vince Peterson
Where to hear them: Normally in New York City. Touring in San Francisco.


Vocal-piano duo featuring soprano Sara LeMesh and pianist Allegra Chapman

Christ Church - Sei Ko Kai

Where to hear them: Grace Cathedral

Christ Episcopal Church Choir


Founded: 1967
Artistic Director: Richard Coulter
Where to hear them: Christ Church Los Altos

Christ Presbyterian Church in San Rafael

Christ Presbyterian Church is a living expression of faith, welcoming all to join the journey of discovering what we are meant to do and to become. A worshipping community of accepting, compassionate, collaborative people, we cherish, encourage, and integrate the gifts brought by people of all ages and perspectives.

Where to hear them: 620 Del Ganado Rd., San Rafael, CA

Christmas Crèche Exhibit

Present free daily concerts from local musical groups and live music in an artistic setting.

Founded: 1987
Where to hear them: 3865 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303 3865 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303 3865 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303