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].

Golden Gate International Children's and Youth Choral Festival

Artistic Director: Robert Geary
Where to hear them: First Presbyterian Church, Berkeley; First Congregational Church, Berkeley; St. Theresa Church, Oakland; St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Oakland; Old First Church, San Francisco; First Presbyterian Church, Alameda; Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church, Lafayette; Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley; Napa Valley Opera House, Napa; San Leandro Library, San Leandro

Golden Gate Men's Chorus

Men's choral music

Founded: 1982
Artistic Director: Joseph Piazza
Where to hear them: San Francisco Bay Area

Golden Gate Men’s Chorus

The GGMC is a men's ensemble reminiscent of university men's choruses of 19th-century Europe.

Founded: 1982
Artistic Director: Joseph Piazza
Where to hear them: Venues in San Francisco

Golden Gate Music

Founded: 1996
Artistic Director: Su Buchignani

Golden Gate Opera

Produce one fully staged opera per year at the Marin Center.

Founded: 1995
Artistic Director: Geoffrey Gallegos
Where to hear them: The Marin Center Veteran

Golden Gate Park Band

The Golden Gate Park Band has been playing free public concerts on Sundays in the park continuously since September of 1882. The free concert series runs at the Spreckels Temple of Music at the Music Concourse from April to October, 1:00 pm. The band plays a variety of music ranging from classic favorites, opera, marches, Broadway tunes, orchestral transcriptions and more.

Founded: 1882
Artistic Director: Michael L. Wirgler, Conductor
Where to hear them: Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Philharmonic

Founded: 1995
Artistic Director: Joan Murray

Golden Gate Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

The GGP youth orchestra program provides instruction in orchestra, theory, and chamber music combined with coaching by Bay Area professional musicians ensure a well-rounded and excellent musical education

Founded: 1984
Artistic Director: Geoffrey Gallegos
Where to hear them: Venues throughout the city of San Francisco

Golden Gate Symphony

Founded: 1994
Artistic Director: Urs Leonhardt
Where to hear them: San Francisco Bay Area

Golden State Youth Orchestra

Two core principles underlie the Golden State Youth Orchestra mission: Music Education, to nurture, train and develop young musicians from culturally diverse backgrounds and encourage a lasting appreciation of music; and Musical Excellence, to provide high-quality performance opportunities for young people and outstanding musical events for the wider community. Formerly El Camino Youth Symphony.

Founded: 1963
Artistic Director: John Eells
Where to hear them: California Theatre, Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, Spangenberg Theatre, Heritage Theatre, Canada College

Grace Cathedral

Founded: 1849
Artistic Director: Ben Bachmann

Grace Cathedral Camerata

Founded: 2005
Artistic Director: Paul Meier
Where to hear them: Grace Cathedral

Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys

Artistic Director: Benjamin Bachmann
Where to hear them: Grace Cathedral