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].


Founded: 2012
Artistic Director: Hannah Addario-Berry
Where to hear them: All over!

Loma Prieta Ensemble

Founded: 2012
Where to hear them: Santa Cruz CA

London Players

Founded: 2008
Artistic Director: Larry London
Where to hear them: Crowden School, 1475 Rose St., Berkeley

London Quintet

Founded: 2007
Artistic Director: Larry London
Where to hear them: Crowden School, 1475 Rose St., Berkeley

Long Beach Opera

unconventional productions, contemporary works

Artistic Director: Andreas Mitiszek

Longay Conservatory of Guitar

Founded: 1983
Artistic Director: Frank Longay
Where to hear them: South San Francisco Bay Area

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), ranked among the world’s top musical ensembles, marks its 50th anniversary season with more artistic energy and creative impulse coursing through its musical veins than at any time in its history. Beloved by audiences and praised by critics, the Orchestra is known as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks as well as a champion of contemporary composers.

LACO, headquartered in the heart of the country’s cultural capital, has been proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” (Public Radio International), “LA’s most unintimidating chamber music experience” (Los Angeles Magazine), “resplendent” (Los Angeles Times), and “one of the world’s great chamber orchestras”(KUSC Classical FM).

Founded: 1968
Artistic Director: Jaime Martín

Los Angeles Children's Chorus

LOS ANGELES CHILDREN’S CHORUS (LACC), widely recognized for its agile bel canto sound and artistic excellence, has been lauded as “hauntingly beautiful” (Los Angeles Times), “astonishingly polished” (Performances Magazine) and “one of the world's foremost children's choirs” (Pasadena Star News). Founded in 1986 and led by Artistic Director Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, who began his tenure in August 2018, LACC presents its own concerts and regularly performs with such organizations as LA Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Master Chorale and Jacaranda, among others. The Chorus serves 400 children ages 6 to 18 in seven choirs – Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Mixed Voices Choir, Young Men’s Ensemble, Intermediate Choir, Apprentice Choir and Preparatory Choir – and a First Experiences in Singing program and First Experiences in Choral Singing Ensemble for 6-8-year-olds.  LACC, recipient of Chorus America’s 2014 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, tours internationally, is the subject of three documentaries and has appeared on NBC's “The Tonight Show,” PBS’s “Great Performances,” BBC Radio, Public Radio International's “From the Top” and is featured on John Williams' latest recording, John Williams & Steven Spielberg: The Ultimate Collection.

Artistic Director: Fernando Malvar-Ruiz

Los Angeles Master Chorale

The Los Angeles Master Chorale is widely recognized as the country’s leading professional choir and one of Southern California’s most vibrant cultural treasures. Hailed for its powerful performances, technical precision, and artistic daring, the Master Chorale is led by Kiki and David Gindler Artistic Director Grant Gershon and President and CEO Jean Davidson. Founded by legendary conductor Roger Wagner in 1964, it is a founding resident company of The Music Center and choir-in-residence at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Chorister positions are highly sought-after and the fully professional choir is a diverse and vocally dynamic group showcasing the many voices of L.A.

Founded: 1964

Los Angeles 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.

Los Angeles Philharmonic

Both at home and abroad, the Philharmonic – recognized as one of the world’s outstanding orchestras – is leading the way in innovative programming, which is received enthusiastically by audiences and critics alike.

Artistic Director: Gustavo Dudamel

Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center

Founded: 1989
Artistic Director: Eugene Rodriguez
Where to hear them: Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center

Los Gatos Ballet

Founded: 2001
Artistic Director: Marcie Ryken
Where to hear them: Flint Center Cupertino & West Valley College