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].

Hillside Club Concerts

The concert series offers a good bit of jazz, along with classical music, world and ethnic music, new and experimental music, and the occasional unclassifiable offering. Performances often featuring local musicians, but they do get touring acts and people who come from around the country (indeed, around the world) especially to play at the Club.

Founded: 2004
Artistic Director: Bruce R. Koball
Where to hear them: The Hillside Club in Berkeley

Hillside Covenant Church Choir

Artistic Director: Jim Veltcamp
Where to hear them: Hillside Covenant Church

Himalayan Fair

Founded: 1983
Artistic Director: The Himalayan Fair 501c3
Where to hear them: Live Oak Park - Berkeley

HIP Forum

HIP Forum specializes in period performance of Baroque and Classical repertoire, with a special emphasis on music for winds and keyboards.

Founded: 2016
Artistic Director: Rebecca Molinari


Hocket is Robby Stafford (leader), Scot Stafford, Celeste Winant, Shira Kammen and David Kurtenbach. Hocket brings to life both Ars Nova and Ars Subtilior from the 14th-15th centuries and focuses in particular on the sacred and secular works of Guillaume de Machaut.

Founded: 2009
Artistic Director: Robert Stafford
Where to hear them: San Francisco Bay Area

Holy Names University Dept. of Music

The Undergraduate program offers programs for performance and general music majors. The Graduate program offers three music education degrees in music education with Kodály emphasis.

Artistic Director: Steve Hofer, Ph.D. (Chair of Music)
Where to hear them: Holy Names College, Oakland, CA

Holy Virgin Cathedral Pontifical Choir

Founded: 1950
Artistic Director: Vladimir Krassovsky
Where to hear them: Holy Virgin Cathedral, Joy of All Who Sorrow

Home & Hope

Interfaith Choral Concerts to support Homeless Families

Founded: 2001
Artistic Director: Debbie Grewal

Horns a Plenty Brass Band

Founded: 2008
Artistic Director: Russ Button

Hot Air Music Festival

Founded: 2010
Where to hear them: San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Hovering Wings

Hovering Wings is a voice & Celtic harp duo featuring Harpist Diana Rowan and Soprano Rebekah Wu.

Founded: 2009
Artistic Director: Diana Rowan and Rebekah Wu
Where to hear them: Venues around the Bay Area

Humanities West

Serving the Bay Area since 1983, Humanities West Explores History and Celebrates the Arts through time and across the globe, bringing illuminating lectures and dynamic performances that focus on the people, places, and events that have shaped, and still inform, modern cultures. Each season Humanities West presents a number of programs in which leading scholars, musicians, and artists present lectures, performances, readings and discussions to audiences in San Francisco’s Marines’ Memorial Theatre. These one- or two-day events represent an opportunity unique not only to the Bay Area, but also to the entire United States.

Founded: 1981
Artistic Director: Cynthia P. Gordon
Where to hear them: Marines' Memorial Theatre