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].

Jean Stirling, President

Founded: 1979
Artistic Director: Les Pfutzenreuter
Where to hear them: Mendocino College Center Theatre or School of Performing Arts and Education (SPACE) in Ukiah, CA

Jennifer Hunt, Flute

Artistic Director: Jennifer Hunt


Founded: 2000
Artistic Director: Rebecca Faiola
Where to hear them:

Jewish Music & Poetry Project

Founded: 2007/8
Artistic Director: Nanette McGuinness
Where to hear them: Berkeley and San Francisco

Jewish Music Festival

Founded: 1986
Artistic Director: Ellie Shapiro
Where to hear them: venues throughout the Bay Area

Jihee Kim and Friends

Artistic Director: Jihee Kim

Joe and Diane Cohen

Joe and Diane feature singers and musicians performing Jazz, R&B, show music and rarely heard gems. All this in the heart of Union Square.

John Chiang Music Studio

John Chiang (江嘉瑞) - His music is always sensitive with very emotional expression - John Chiang (江嘉瑞) is an active Erhu musician constantly performing in Asia, American, and Europe. During 2004 to 2011, he was concertmaster of Dachung Chinese Orchestra, leading the orchestra to win many prizes, including top prize of “National Chinese music Competition”, and “Spring of international music festival Shanghai” and have received many well reviews from music critics and magazines. In 2007, he co-founded “Taiwanese Ensemble” in with three other Taiwanese musicians, and had been invited to perform in several festivals in Europe, including Busker festival, and Edinburgh Festival. John is currently one of the musicians of “TOPS”, a musician group sponsored by Taiwanese top artistic agency “New Art Inc.” and have been performed in Taiwanese National concert hall, Shanghai Fashion Week, Hong Kong Art Festival, and Japanese Music Festival, etc., he has appeared in numerals performances as a soloist and chamber musician, performing Taiwan, China, Japan, American, Canada, French, Italy, and Swiss. He also has won several music competitions, including First Prize of Taiwan National Music Competition-Erhu, and National Yellow Bell Chinese Music Competition-Erhu, and also the top prize of “best leading performer” from the Taipei Chinese Music Competition.

Founded: John Chiang
Artistic Director: John Chiang
Where to hear them: SF Bay Area

Joseph and Francis Brucia Foundation

Founded: 2008
Artistic Director: Larry Brucia
Where to hear them: Mill Valley Community Center

Julia Adam Dance


Artistic Director: Julia Adam