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].

Liss Fain Dance

Artistic Director: Liss Fain
Where to hear them: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum

Listen for Life

Music outreach to heal, educate, and inspire

Founded: 1998

Little Bear Drum, Dance & Discovery Circle

Founded: 2008
Artistic Director: Robbie Wilson
Where to hear them: High Street Station

Little Opera

Founded: 2011
Artistic Director: Erin Bregman

Live Oak Concerts

Live Oak Concerts is a year-round series of classical music concerts featuring many of the best and emerging musicians from the greater Bay Area, and from around the country and abroad.

Founded: 1998
Artistic Director: None (presented by the Berkeley Art Center)
Where to hear them: The Berkeley Art Center

Livermore Performing Arts

The mission of the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is to establish and operate a world-class performing arts center in the Tri-Valley that promotes and encourages the presentation and creation of visual and performing arts while enhancing the public's appreciation, enjoyment and understanding of the arts.

Artistic Director: David Dial
Where to hear them: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center

Livermore Valley Opera

Livermore Valley Opera (LVO) combines the talents and expertise of professional music, stage, and chorus directors, principal singers, musicians, and designers, with the dedication and practical abilities of a volunteer board, chorus, crew, and production team. Each spring and fall, LVO presents a locally produced, fully staged opera with orchestra.

Founded: 1992
Artistic Director: Raquel Holt
Where to hear them: Bankhead Theater, Livermore

Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center

Founded: 2006
Artistic Director: Len Alexander
Where to hear them: Bankhead Theater

Livermore-Amador Symphony

Founded: 1963
Artistic Director: Dr. Arthur Barnes
Where to hear them: Bankhead Theater, Livermore

Living Earth Show

The Living Earth Show (guitarist Travis Andrews and percussionist Andy Meyerson) is a megaphone and canvas for some of the world’s most progressive artists.

Living Harmony Concert Series

Bringing world-renowned artists to Silicon Valley

Founded: 2018
Artistic Director: Eric Tuan
Where to hear them: Christ Episcopal Church, Los Altos

Living Jazz

Since 1984, Living Jazz has designed and launched unique music education and performance programs that instill confidence, responsibility and ambition in children; motivate people of all ages and backgrounds to reach their personal and creative potential; and unite diverse communities through their shared love of jazz and related genres. Our current programs include Jazz Camp West, Jam Camp West, “In the Name of Love”, the Annual Musical Tribute honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., The Living Jazz Children’s Project, and Jazz Search West. Living Jazz understands that music is an inherent component of a healthy and vibrant society and feels that every child and adult has the right to accessible, high quality music immersion experiences.

Founded: 1984
Artistic Director: Stacey Hoffman
Where to hear them:

Living Word Project

By taking multiple views of current situations, we are in the midst of creating our "history " department at the Living Word Project, using the model of performed ethnography to develop a consciousness around the social impact of historical elements that are some how "missing" from traditional educational texts. The Living Word Project looks to have, as an end-result, a series of performative non-fiction essays in which the ethos of revolution, color consciousness, or racism are deconstructed as the result of historical facts, rather than inherent or implicit conditions of the human temperament.

Founded: 1998
Artistic Director: Joan Osato