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].

Legends of the Knight

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Legion of Honor

Artistic Director: Renee Baldocchi
Where to hear them: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco: Legion of Honor

Leipzig Cantata Project

The Leipzig Cantata Project is building new audiences for Bach cantata performances by presenting full Bach cantatas with full period instrument orchestra with wine, snacks, and an engaging guest speaker who can give historical/liturgical/spiritual context to bring this text alive for anyone, regardless of religious beliefs. We believe that building new audiences starts with never skimping on artistic values. Our performances feature the leading, established experts in the field of period performance, such as John Thiessen (recently profiled in the New York Times and a professor at Juilliard) and Elizabeth Blumenstock (very familiar to local audiences and also a professor at Juilliard and concertmaster at major baroque orchestras). These fantastically engaging musicians lead an ensemble consisting of both established and emerging artists to create engaging and memorable artistic experiences. The culinary aspect to our events is inspired by similar presentations by successful events by Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in Toronto with food and drink. We hope that integrating these into a Bach cantata experience will mean a totally new level of engagement from audiences future and present. The result is a multisensory, inspirational, emotionally fulfilling performance. Combined with low ticket prices of $20, made possible through generous donations of snacks and wine, the Leipzig Cantata Project hopes to help build new audiences that feel the same intense passion for this music that we artists do. Tickets | Donations

Founded: 2016
Where to hear them: San Francisco and beyond

Les Stringfellow, Tenor & Deborah Colling, Soprano

Founded: February 2010
Artistic Director: Suzuki Studios
Where to hear them: South Bay Cities, Oakland's Temple Hill

Les Violettes

Founded: 1977
Artistic Director: Violet Grgich
Where to hear them: Grgich Hills Estate

Lesbian and Gay Chorus of San Francisco

Mainly operetta, Broadway and popular repertoire combined with comedic staging.

Founded: 1980
Artistic Director: Stephanie Laynne Smith
Where to hear them: Venues in San Francisco

Liaison Ensemble

Founded: 2010
Where to hear them: Various venues throughout the Bay Area and beyond


Founded: 2005
Artistic Director: Mitch Greer, Rachel Smith

Lieder Alive!

A biannual Master Workshop for advanced singers.

Founded: 2007
Artistic Director: Maxine Bernstein
Where to hear them: San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concert Hall

Light Opera Theatre of Sacramento

Founded: 1982
Artistic Director: Maestro Philip Daley
Where to hear them: Sacramento, CA

LIghthouse For the Blind and Visually Impaired Theater

Host events and concerts for and by blind or visually impaired performers.

Where to hear them: 1155 Market St. San Francisco CA 94103


Founded: 2008
Artistic Director: Tim Silva
Where to hear them: Los Angeles, Bay Area, Boston