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].
As a significant part of the vibrant cultural life of Silicon Valley, the Mission Chamber Orchestra has been proud to present performances combining new music, recognized masterpieces, and thrilling soloists.
-Present classical performances that are inclusive, accessible and affordable – relevant to first-time concert goers as well as those who already love classical music. -The concerts include new and unfamiliar works alongside great classical masterpieces. MCOSJ makes a point of championing living and local composers and has given World Premiere performances of more than 20 works, and West Coast Premieres of many more. Most concerts feature a professional soloist, some are already internationally known, while others are emerging musicians at the outset of their careers. MCOSJ fosters the development of the next generation of musicians by inviting select high school string players to perform side-by-side with the orchestra each season. MCOSJ has released three CD recordings, and frequently collaborates with other local groups to bring exciting larger scale performances to the community.
Mission City Opera is dedicated to presenting professional performances of operatic works at affordable prices in intimate productions in English and original languages.
California Concerto Weekend is a workshop program of Mission College Community Education. It offers amateur pianists, 25 years of age or older who do not have a music performance degree, the opportunity to perform piano concerto works with a symphony orchestra under the guidance of world renowned pianists and conductors. Up to twelve pianists are selected to participate as performers each year. These performers will receive masterclasses, lessons, panel discussions, and orchestra rehearsals, culminating in a final gala performance.
The resident choir of Mission Dolores, the oldest building in San Francisco.