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].
Empyrean is Ensemble-in-residence at UC Davis, devoted to performance of new works by contemporary composers.
Founded in 2015, Endersnight takes its name from the 15th-century century English carol "This Enders Night." The a cappella vocal ensemble specializes in performing the sacred polyphonic choral repertoire of the 14th–16th centuries, and its members are veterans of the leading professional choral groups of the Bay Area, including Chanticleer, the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Philharmonia Baroque Chorale, American Bach Soloists, Clerestory, Volti, Cappella SF, and the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys. Endersnight is the choir in residence for the Compline service at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco's Mission District.
Mixed ensemble works
Ensemble Dal Niente is a 22-member Chicago-based contemporary music collective that presents and performs new music in ways that redefine the listening experience and advance the art form. The programming, brought to life by a flexible repertoire-based instrumentation, seeks to challenge convention and create engaging, inspiring, and immersive experiences that connect audiences with the music of today. Described as “super-musicians” and noted for “bracing some adventures by some of the best new-music virtuosos around” (Chicago Tribune), Ensemble Dal Niente became the first-ever ensemble recipient of the coveted Kranichstein Music Prize – the top award for music interpretation – at the 2012 International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, Germany.
Chamber music from various eras and composers, featuring various combinations of instruments and voice.