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].

Festival Mozaic

Founded: 1971, formerly San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival
Artistic Director: Scott Yoo
Where to hear them: San Luis Obispo County

Festival Musica Marin

Musica Marin is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting classical music and culinary culture through unique programs and concert events. Our one-of-a-kind events are held at world-class venues in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world. When you attend a Musica Marin event, you will experience sophisticated chamber music, gourmet food, and the knowledge that you are contributing to philanthropic programs focused on young people in the arts. Our Music Musica Marin believes that a high quality of art and music positively influences lives and culture within a community and beyond. We are committed to inspiring the next generation of musicians and music lovers by bringing together world-renowned artists with aspiring young musicians in intimate settings, just as the composers intended their music to be heard. Musica Marin was formed with the understanding that culture, and especially high culture as we know it, is not frivolous or fleeting; it withstands the ages with purpose and meaning. The bond we make through the pursuit of these higher cultural goals crosses all boundaries and brings us together spiritually and emotionally, making us, and the world around us, better for it. Our Food Being based in the San Francisco Bay Area, we are fortunate to have access to the very best product available in the country. We strive to take advantage of this by using the freshest local ingredients at the peak of season. We develop our menus based on this, pairing it with the theme of each event and complementing the music played to bring a cohesive experience for the patron. The relationship between food and music has a long history; many great composers and performers were connoisseurs, and some even contributed to the lasting world of recipes. Food and wine often inspired new works and influenced the creative process of the composer; both have been the subject of many musical works, from drinking songs to the savory gastronomical and culinary references in the operas of Mozart, Rossini, and Verdi. Musica Marin strives to continue this compelling relationship by bringing together our culinary artists, local farms, and renowned musicians. Our Philanthropy Musica Marin dedicates a portion of its proceeds to benefit young musicians through our Young Artists and Scholarship Programs. As a non-profit organization, we also accept donations from our patrons to help fund these activities. Musica Marin is committed to nurturing and inspiring the next generation of musicians through our Young Artist Programs, which includes the Young Artist Performance Program, the Young Artist Scholarship Program, the Composer-in-Resident Program, and the Young American Composer New Work Competition. The Young Artists Performance Program gives up-and-coming young artists an opportunity to rehearse and perform with professional musicians at a Musica Marin event and receive financial compensation. The Musica Marin Young Artists Scholarship Program gives scholarships to musically gifted students wishing to pursue an advanced music education. In the past, Musica Marin has granted funds to the San Francisco Boys Chorus, the Mill Valley Film Festival Education Program and The Juilliard School Scholarship Program, specifically to a California student. The Young Composer New Work Competition is a new chamber music composition to be premiered by Musica Marin. Winner will be mentored by Musica Marin’s musicians and Resident Composer Clint Borzoni. More information to come. Young artists and groups who have joined us in the past include the Merolinis - a group of young up-and-coming singers from the Merola Opera Program and pianists from the Adler Fellowship Program, the San Francisco Boys Chorus, and Simple Harmonic Motion - an acapella quartet from California Polytechnic in San Luis Obispo. Musica Marin has also welcomed many young Bay Area musicians, including a young violinist who began her first year at The Juilliard School in Fall 2018.

Founded: 2016
Artistic Director: Ruth Kahn
Where to hear them: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church 3 Bayview Ave, Belvedere Tiburon, CA 94920

Festival Napa Valley

Festival Napa Valley is committed to enriching the vitality of the community through innovative performances and inspiring education programs.

Festival of French Classical Music - Alliance Francaise Silicon Valley

Founded: 2014 by Alliance Francaise Silicon Valley
Artistic Director: Mark Starr and Isabelle Chapuis, co musical directors
Where to hear them: Second Stage - Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

Festival of Harps

Founded: 1989
Artistic Director: Diana Stork

Festival of New American Music

Founded: 1978
Artistic Director: Dr. Keith Bohm
Where to hear them: Sacramento State Music Recital Hall

Festival of the Hours

The Festival of the Hours celebrates sacred music in liturgy, presenting each “Hour” of the Anglican cycle of worship—Matins, Eucharist, Evensong, and Compline—in three full days of services. The Festival choirs are open by invitation and audition.

Where to hear them: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Oakland

Festival Opera

Festival opera produces two to three fully staged productions per year with a particular focus on the works of Verdi, Puccini and Mozart.

Founded: 1991
Artistic Director: Michael Morgan
Where to hear them: The Hofmann Theater at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek

Fete Concerts

In celebration of composers, artists, & important dates in history, Fête Concerts is proud to present high quality classical recitals intermingled with a party! Intimate pieces are thoughtfully chosen to highlight the composer’s legacy. The performers share stories from the composer’s life as well as their own personal connection to the work. Receptions before, during intermission, and after the concert allow for discussion between artists and audience creating an immersive experience for all ages and backgrounds to learn about composers’ lives and works through a lecture style recital.

Founded: 2014
Artistic Director: Chelsea Hollow, Anne Hepburn Smith, Paul Dab

Fifth Stream Music

Fifth Stream Music is a San Francisco-based arts non-profit that represents the artistic and educational work of Dr. Anthony Brown and the Asian American Orchestra, with the mission to advance the art form of jazz through innovative intercultural music and transformative educational experiences that reflect and promote an appreciation for, and understanding of American cultural diversity.

Fifth Street Farms

Fifth Street Farms has hosted acoustic house concerts several times a month for years. Folk music, classical chamber music in a relaxed setting. All proceeds go to the musicians.

Founded: 2000
Artistic Director: Steven Friedland

Fil-Am Chamber Music Society

Founded: 2011
Artistic Director: Wilfredo Pasamba

Finlandia Foundation Berkeley Chapter

Music and performance related to Finnish and Finnish American culture.

Firebird Youth Chinese Orchestra

Firebird Youth Chinese Orchestra promotes Chinese music as an integral part of Chinese-American culture by training young musicians to play traditional instruments, therefore strengthening the Chinese community and enhancing the cultural diversity and richness of American society.

Founded: 2000
Artistic Director: Gordon Lee
Where to hear them: San Jose City College

Firehouse Arts Center

Founded: opened September 2010
Artistic Director: Rob Vogt, Theater Supervisor