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].

Marin Ballet

Founded: 1963
Artistic Director: Cynthia Lucas - Artistic Director
Where to hear them: Marin County

Marin Baroque

Marin Baroque, founded in 2012, is a 16-voice emerging-professional chamber choir and period-instrument orchestra based in San Rafael, Marin County, CA. Daniel Canosa is Music Director.

Founded: February 2012
Artistic Director: Daniel Canosa
Where to hear them: First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael 1510 5th St. San Rafael June 16, 2012 8PM

Marin Dance Theater

Founded: 1996
Artistic Director: Margaret Swarthout
Where to hear them: Marin and San Francisco

Marin Girls Chorus

Four levels of classes are offered for girls in 1st through 10th grades. Music theory, note reading, voice training, and ear training are an integral part of the weekly classes. Choristers are also introduced to rhythm and percussion instruments as part of their music instruction

Founded: 1988
Artistic Director: Martha Wall
Where to hear them: Venues in the North Bay

Marin Music Chest

After more than forty years of presenting concerts, the Marin Music Chest made the annual scholarship program its primary mission, providing financial support to promising Marin County students of classical music.

Founded: 1933
Artistic Director: This philanthropic organization is headed by a board of directors
Where to hear them: Scholarship winners perform annual concerts in Marin County every spring.

Marin Oratorio

Marin Oratorio is a 100-voice chorus headquartered at the College of Marin, Kentfield, CA.

The chorus sings major works, with professional orchestra and soloists, and performs annually in December and May. Auditions are conducted at the beginning of the season, in late August, and again in January.

Artistic Director: Boyd Jarrell
Where to hear them: College of Marin Fine Arts Theater

Marin Symphony

This orchestra comprises both professional and community musicians, presenting a wide array of classical music. With its Youth Orchestra and annual Family and Holiday Concerts, the Marin Symphony is a major presence in Marin County.

Founded: 1952
Artistic Director: Alasdair Neale
Where to hear them: Marin Center, San Rafael

Marin Symphony Chamber Chorus

The 44-member Chamber Chorus sings annual Holiday Concerts in the San Rafael Mission Church. These concerts are presented on the first weekend of December and include a mix of world Holiday music, featured youth choirs, vocal soloists, Marin Symphony instrumentalists, smaller vocal ensembles, and audience-sung carols.

Artistic Director: Stephen McKersie

Marin Symphony Choral Concert

The 45-member Chamber Chorus sings annual Holiday Concerts in the San Rafael Mission Church. These concerts are presented on the first weekend of December and include a mix of world Holiday music, featured youth choirs, vocal soloists, Marin Symphony instrumentalists, smaller vocal ensembles, and audience-sung carols.

Artistic Director: Stephen McKersie

Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra

Youth Orchestra composed of approximately 80 high school and middle school musicians in Marin and neighboring communities.

Founded: 1953
Artistic Director: Ann Krinitsky

Marin Theatre Company

Founded: 1966
Artistic Director: Jasson Minadakis
Where to hear them: 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley, CA 94941

Mark Fish, viola, and Katherine Lee, piano

Connect with their audience - not just through the music itself, but through the ways in which they introduce their pieces, giving some historical background before each piece.

Founded: 2018
Artistic Director: Mark Fish
Where to hear them: Around the Bay Area, but primarily the Peninsula

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