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].

Menlo Atherton Music Boosters

Support instrumental music at Menlo Atherton High School in Atherton, CA

Founded: 2004
Artistic Director: Kent Kurrus

Menlowe Ballet

Founded: 2011
Artistic Director: Michael Lowe

Menuhin Chamber Music Festival and Seminars

San Francisco State University's Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Festival celebrates the legacy of the great violinist with performances by today's and tomorrow's top talents

Founded: 2003
Artistic Director: Jassen Todorov (SFSU Dept of Music and Dance Chair)
Where to hear them: Creative Arts Building, Knuth Hall

Mercury Soul

Founded: 2005
Artistic Director: Mason Bates / Benjamin Shwartz
Where to hear them: Mezzanine (444 Jessie St, SF)

Mercury Soul

Artistic Director: Mason Bates
Where to hear them:

Meridian Gallery

Founded: 1989
Where to hear them: Meridian Gallery

Merola Opera Program

The artist training program established by the San Francisco Opera, now its own organization, the San Francisco Opera Center.  Participants have several chances to demonstrate their artistic growth as they perform two fully-staged operas during the summer, a free concert at the Yerba Buena Gardens, and the famed Merola Grand Finale at the War Memorial Opera House.

Founded: 1957
Artistic Director: Jayne Davis (Chairman of the Board)
Where to hear them: Various SF locations. Merola Grand Finale is held at the War Memorial Opera House

Merry Nibelungs

Founded: Ross Halper2010
Artistic Director: Ross Halper
Where to hear them: San Francisco

Metropolis Ensemble

Metropolis Ensemble is a dynamically evolving 21st century orchestra. Dedicated to creating a future for classical music that is of and for the time we live in, Metropolis Ensemble’s driving force is its founder and artistic director, Andrew Cyr, a Grammy Award-nominated orchestra conductor.

Artistic Director: Andrew Cyr

MH Piano Studio

Offer high quality of performance, piano/keyboard training, and musicianship.

Founded: 2004
Artistic Director: Menghua Lin
Where to hear them:

Michael Morgan Presents

Presenting fine Bay Area musicians in chamber concerts.

Founded: 2018
Artistic Director: Michael Morgan


MicroFest is the world’s leading concert series devoted to the glorious universe of non-standard tunings. Founded by microtonal guitarist and radio personality John Schneider in 1997, MicroFest has grown to a festival of multiple at Southern California venues ranging from Little Ethiopia to Claremont, Eagle Rock to Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown LA. MicroFest has included ground-breaking concerts and premieres of works by Ben Johnston, Lou Harrison, Terry Riley, and Harry Partch with new and historical instruments.

Founded: 1997
Artistic Director: John Schneider

Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra

MRPO hosts regular meetings of recorder enthusiasts in the Peninsula area. They occasionally present recitals of traditional works for recorder.

Founded: 1962
Artistic Director: Fred Palmer
Where to hear them: Venues in Palo Alto and the South Bay

Midsummer Mozart Festival

The summer festival is dedicated exclusevily to presenting the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Founded: 1975
Artistic Director: Gorge Cleve
Where to hear them: Venues throughout the Bay Area