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 Ensemble

Empyrean is Ensemble-in-residence at UC Davis, devoted to performance of new works by contemporary composers.

Founded: 1987
Artistic Director: Kurt Rohde & Laurie San Martin
Where to hear them: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, The Mondavi Center at UC Davis and other venues in the Sacramento area

Encore Vocalists

Founded: 2015
Artistic Director: Tim Salaver, Producer
Where to hear them: SF Bay Area


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.

Founded: 2015
Artistic Director: Daniel Pickens-Jones
Where to hear them: Compline every third Sunday at the month at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist, 1661 15th St. at Julian (one block from 16th/Mission BART)

Ensemble ABFJ

Mixed ensemble works

Founded: 2017
Artistic Director: Brady Anderson

Ensemble Ari

Founded: 2014
Artistic Director: Jean Ahn
Where to hear them: St.Marks Lutheran Church

Ensemble Dal Niente

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.

Founded: 2005
Artistic Director: Michael Lewanski

Ensemble for These Times

Ensemble for These Times focuses on 20th and 21st century music that is relevant, engaging, original, and compelling, music that resonates today and will speak to tomorrow. E4TT strongly believes in the power of artistic beauty, intelligence, wit, lyricism, and irony to create a deep understanding of our times and the human condition.

Founded: 2007/8
Artistic Director: Nanette McGuinness, soprano and Artistic Executive Director
Where to hear them: San Francisco, Berkeley, San Rafael, and other Bay Area venues.

Ensemble LudeCanta

Chamber music from various eras and composers, featuring various combinations of instruments and voice.

Founded: 2016
Artistic Director: Chris Pratorius-Gomez
Where to hear them: St. Luke's Episcopal Church - 1755 Clay St. (between Polk St. and Van Ness Ave.) San Francisco, CA 94109

Ensemble Phoenix

Founded: 1993
Artistic Director: Sarah Fiene
Where to hear them: Throughout the Bay Area

Ensemble San Francisco

Founded: February 2013
Artistic Director: Christine McLeavey Payne and Roman Fukshansky
Where to hear them: San Francisco Bay Area

Ensemble Vermillian

Artistic Director: Frances Blaker
Where to hear them:

Eos Ensemble

Founded: 2003
Artistic Director: Craig Reiss
Where to hear them: 142 Throckmorton Theatre Mill Valley