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].

Frederick Harris Performances

Frederick Harris is a SF native, and is a graduate from the SF Conservatory of Music. He recently presented the entire Chopin Nocturnes at Land's End SF, and is currently offering a house concert fundraiser series called REMIX: Frederick Harris Plays In Your Home, as a crusade in saving his home from foreclosure. Details on this series are at

Presenter of solo and ensemble performances featuring classical and jazz pianist Frederick Harris.

Founded: 2007
Artistic Director: Frederick Harris, pianist
Where to hear them:,

Free Range Opera Theater

Founded: 2011
Artistic Director: Marc Kenig
Where to hear them: San Jose

Freedom Arts

Founded: 1995
Artistic Director: Tim Salaver

Freedom Arts

Founded: 1995
Artistic Director: Tim Salaver

Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

The Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse (Berkeley Society for the Preservation of Traditional Music) is an all-ages performance venue located in Berkeley, California. They are a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of traditional and roots music. All lessons are taught by a select group of experienced music educators. Classes are held at the coffeehouse in Berkeley.

Founded: 1983
Artistic Director: Steve Baker
Where to hear them: Berkeley, CA

Freight And Salvage Coffeehouse

The Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse is a nonprofit community arts organization dedicated to promoting public awareness and understanding of traditional music—music that is rooted in and expressive of the great variety of regional, ethnic, and social cultures of peoples throughout the world. Since its founding in 1968, the Freight & Salvage has been deeply rooted in that aspect of Berkeley’s culture that embraced freedom, justice, acceptance, collaboration, and innovation. The Freight is mission-driven, and has become a world famous venue for traditional music– music that is rooted in and expressive of the great variety of regional, ethnic, and social cultures of peoples throughout the world.

Founded: 1968
Artistic Director: Sharon Dolan
Where to hear them: 2020 Addison Street Berkeley, CA 94704

Fremont Opera

Founded: 2007
Artistic Director: David Sloss
Where to hear them: Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Ohlone College, Fremont

Friction Quartet

Friction Quartet, whose performances have been called “terribly beautiful” (San Francisco Classical Voice), “stunningly passionate” (Calgary Herald) and “chillingly effective” (San Francisco Examiner), exists to expand the string quartet repertoire and audience for adventurous contemporary music through commissioning composers and performing in underserved schools and communities. Recently they gave their Carnegie Hall debut as part of the Kronos Quartet Workshop. They also participated in the Shouse Institute at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival where they gave their Detroit debut and appeared with Paul Watkins of the Emerson Quartet. Over the last five years Friction has given 70 world premiere performances and commissioned 32 works for string quartet. While Friction has garnered international attention as commissioners and interpreters of new music, they are also devoted to performing masterworks of the string quartet repertoire. They are the second place winner of the 2016 Schoenfeld International String Competition and were quarter finalists in the 2015 Fischoff Competition.

Founded: 2011
Artistic Director: Doug Machiz
Where to hear them:

Friends of Chamber Music of Stockton

Founded: 1956
Where to hear them: Faye Spanos Concert Hall, UOP Conservatory of Music, 3511 Pacific Ave, Stockton CA

Friends of Golden Gate Park Band

Where to hear them: Spreckels Temple of Music (a.k.a. The Bandshell) Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Friends of Lianna Haroutounian Recital Committee

organize concerts

Founded: January 2017
Artistic Director: Gohar Barseghyan/Naiyry Sarkiss

Friends of Mountain View Cemetery

Present free community events in an historic setting

Founded: 1863
Artistic Director: Krystie Ly