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].

International Orange Chorale

The IOC presents a wide variety of a cappella choral works. They strive to provide at least one West Coast (if not World) Premiere per show.

Founded: 2003
Artistic Director: Jeremy Faust and Zane Fiala
Where to hear them: Various San Francisco locations, including regular free concerts downtown.

International Russian Music Piano Competition

Founded: Spring of 2000
Artistic Director: Piano competition with an emphasis on Russian music
Where to hear them: Le Petit Trianon Theatre in downtown San Jose

iPalpiti Artists International, Inc.

Dedicated to the artistic career advancement of exceptionally gifted young classical musicians and to promotion of peace and understanding through music

Founded: 1997
Artistic Director: Laura & Eduard Schmieder
Where to hear them:, iTunes, Amazon,

Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies

Founded: 1983
Artistic Director: William Meredith
Where to hear them: King Library at San Jose State University Library

Irish Culture Bay Area

Presentation of Irish artists and performances of contemporary and traditional Irish music

Founded: 2012
Artistic Director: n/a

Irregular Resolutions

Founded: 2002
Artistic Director: Composers Group
Where to hear them: Concerts have been held at the San Francisco Community Music Center

Irving M. Klein International String Competition

Founded: 1985
Artistic Director: Mitchell Sardou Klein

Isaura String Quartet

New and experimental music

Founded: 2013
Where to hear them: Los Angeles, CA

iSing Silicon Valley Summer Choir Camp

Founded: 2013
Artistic Director: Jennah Delp-Somers & Shane Troll
Where to hear them: Palo Alto, CA

Island City Opera


Founded: 2014
Artistic Director: Eileen Meredith, Executive Director
Where to hear them: Alameda Elks Ballroom

Italian Cultural Institute

Artistic Director: Luciano Chessa

Italian Tenor Pasquale Esposito

Artistic Director: Pasquale Esposito
Where to hear them:

Ives Collective

The Ives Collective presents varied chamber music performances informed by the maverick music sensibilities of its namesake Charles Ives.

Founded: 2015
Artistic Director: Susan Freier/ Stephen Harrison
Where to hear them: Venues in Silicon Valley and San Francisco