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].

L'Esprit Baroque

L’Esprit Baroque performs rarely-heard Baroque cantatas and chamber music for voices and period instruments in California and beyond. Their mission is to bring the amazing music of the Baroque era, and historical performance practice, to audiences everywhere.

Founded: 2015

L.A. Camerata

L.A. Camerata strives to tell the stories of women and "others" silenced throughout history. Our performances highlight works by early-modern women from across the world. Inspired by the original renaissance camerati—philosophical societies that debated aesthetics in the arts and society—we seek to blur the boundaries between music and drama, resurrecting live voices on stage.

Artistic Director: Marylin Winkle

La Camerata

Contact Rob Lappa at [email protected]

La Camerata meets about once a month to learn secular and sacred choral music for our own enjoyment and for public performances. Our primary goal with our concerts is to expose community audiences to standard repertoire in order to educate and to increase interest in the tradition and beauty of choral singing.

Founded: 2015
Artistic Director: Rob Lappa
Where to hear them: St. Raymond Catholic Church in Dublin and the Tri-Valley.

La Jolla Music Society

The La Jolla Music Society's mission is to enhance the vitality and deepen the cultural life of San Diego by presenting and producing a dynamic range of performing arts for our increasingly diverse community.


Founded: 1941

La Marina – Renaissance Winds Ensemble

"La Marina" is a Renaissance winds ensemble playing cornetto, sackbut, dulcian, and recorder. The group formed in 2015 and specializes in the music of late15th, 16th, and early 17th century. Besides presenting concerts and accompanying vocal ensembles, the group presents educational programs for adults and schools, with demonstrations and explanations of both the music and a variety of wind instruments.

Founded: 2015

LA Opera


An engaged and enlightened community in which all members have the opportunity to collectively enjoy the rich aesthetic, emotional, intellectual, and cultural experience of opera.


To serve the public by producing world-class opera that preserves, promotes and advances the art form while embodying the diversity, pioneering spirit and artistic sensibility unique to Los Angeles.


In a little over three decades of existence, LA Opera has become, under the leadership of Eli and Edythe Broad General Director Plácido Domingo, the United States' fourth largest opera company and "...stands out as a newly important force in American Opera." (Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times).


Founded: 1986
Artistic Director: Plácido Domingo - Eli and Edythe Broad General Director
Where to hear them: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

La Peña Community Chorus

The chorus was founded based on the Nueva Canción (or "New Song Movement") of Chile. In addition they perform styles based in the folk and social justice movements of all Latin America.

Founded: 1978
Artistic Director: Lichi Fuentes
Where to hear them: La Peña Cultural Center

La Peña Cultural Center

La Peña is a vibrant community cultural center with a national reputation and a global vision that promotes peace, social justice and cultural understanding through the arts, education and social action. As a welcoming gathering place, La Peña provides opportunities for artists to share diverse cultural traditions, to create and perform their work, and to support and interface with diverse social movements. Annually, La Peña presents over 200 events with emerging and established artists; organizes an arts education program; produces new works by local artists, presents internationally and nationally renowned artists, and houses a Latin American café which complements the organization's mission.

Founded: 1974
Artistic Director: Paul B. Chin
Where to hear them: La Peña Cultural Center

La Riche & Co.

Oboe repertoire from the 18th century with harpsichord and cello accompaniment.

Artistic Director: Gonzalo X Ruiz

Lacuna Arts

Founded: 2012
Artistic Director: Sven Edward Olbash
Where to hear them: St. Mary the Virgin

Lady K & the Kings of Swing

Artistic Director: Kaye Leedham

Lake County Symphony Association

Founded: 1977
Artistic Director: John Parkinson
Where to hear them: Soper Reese Theatre in Lakeport, CA

Lake Tahoe SummerFest

Founded: 2011
Artistic Director: Joel Revzen
Where to hear them: Lake Tahoe: Incline Village, Nevada

Lamplighters Music Theatre

Light opera and musical theater with a focus on Gilbert and Sullivan

Founded: 1952
Artistic Director: Rick Williams
Where to hear them: Various locations throughout the Bay Area

Laney College Choir

Artistic Director: John Reager
Where to hear them: Laney College