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].

Mark Foehringer Dance Project | SF

Mark Foehringer Dance Project|SF (MFDP\SF) was incorporated in 2002. The company was founded in 1996 to support and produce the creative projects of its choreographer and director, Mark Foehringer. Enriched by collaborative process, MFDP\SF seeks to bring diverse original dance work to a variety of communities on an annual basis. We believe in dance as a basic human art, embracing both the complexities of contemporary society and the life affirming essence of movement. MFPD|SF places its focus in the 3 areas of the art form, a professional contemporary ballet company. In 2006, MFDP|SF began a presenting wing which presents a festival in celebration of National Dance week each year. In 2007 it began a teaching element through workshops and residencies. Mark Foehringer Dance Project/SF has performed at the Joyce Soho in New York City in 1999, 2000 and 2005, performed in Aruba in 1997 and in Peru in 2008. MFDP|SF has performed at more than 30 venues in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1996. Beginning in 2007 the board of directors of MFDP|SF engaged in the process of creating a 3 year strategic plan. It was completed in March of 2008. While it is a working document it has provided our organization a road map to planning the future of our company.

Founded: 1996
Artistic Director: Mark Foehringer

Mark Lupin

Concert violinist

Where to hear them:

martha & monica

Founded: 2006
Artistic Director: Monica Scott & Hadley McCarroll
Where to hear them: In concert throughout San Francisco Bay Area concert halls, including: ODC Theater, Old First Concerts, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Berkeley Piano Club, DeYoung Museum, and more! In the spring of 2012 the duo will premiere a new work by Robert Greenberg as part of Composer's Inc Spring Showcase on Old First Concerts.

Martinez Music Boosters

Founded: 2010
Artistic Director: Julianne George
Where to hear them: Alhambra High School and local venues

Martinez Opera

Founded: 2003 (re-starting an org that was originally founded in 1889)
Artistic Director: Caesar Curzi
Where to hear them: Annual productions at the Alhambra Performing Arts Center and various community events around Martinez

Mary Ellen Callahan, soprano

Founded: 2000
Artistic Director: Mary Ellen Callahan
Where to hear them: check

Mary Sano Studio of Duncan Dance Salon Concert Series

Duncan Dance, Live Classical Music, Live Contemporary Classical Composers

Founded: 1986
Artistic Director: Mary Sano

Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra

Sinfonia performs chamber versions of 17th-20th century orchestral repertoire

Founded: 1965
Artistic Director: David Ramadanoff
Where to hear them: Venues on the Peninsula


Director and pianist Roy Bogas presents this exciting East Bay chamber music series with soloists and chamber musicians from the Bay Area and beyond.

Founded: 2001
Artistic Director: Roy Bogas
Where to hear them: Regents' Theater, Holy Names University, Oakland

MasterGuild Series

Founded: 2000
Artistic Director: Roy Bogas
Where to hear them: Regents' Theater, Valley Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Blvd. Oakland 94619

Masterworks Chorale

Masterworks Chorale performs 3-4 concert sets each season of choral masterworks from all eras. They are usually joined by professional orchestra and soloists.

Founded: 1964
Artistic Director: Bryan Baker
Where to hear them: varied venues on the Peninsula from San Mateo Performing Arts Center to Flint Center

Matt Bacon - Guitar

Artistic Director: Matt Bacon

Matthew Linaman-Cello

Founded: 2012
Artistic Director: Matthew Linaman
Where to hear them: San Francisco Bay Area

Maybeck Studio

The Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts is a small performance space located in a private home in the Berkeley hills, built in 1914 by Bernard Maybeck. The studio has a rich tradition of musical performances dating back nearly 100 years.