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].

Minsky Duo


Mirage Ensemble

Vocal-instrumental works spanning the last three centuries.

Founded: 1996
Artistic Director: Karen Hall, Hadley McCarroll, Rob Bailis (Co-directors)
Where to hear them: In the Bay Area: Hillside Club Concert Series, Old First Concerts

missing man quartet


Artistic Director: tom bekeny

Mission Chamber Orchestra

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.

Founded: 1996
Artistic Director: Emily Ray
Where to hear them: Trianon Theatre, 72 N. 5th St., San Jose

Mission Chamber Orchestra of San Jose

-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.

Founded: 1996
Artistic Director: Emily Ray
Where to hear them: Hammer Theatre Center and San Jose First United Methodist Church, both in San Jose

Mission City Opera

Mission City Opera is dedicated to presenting professional performances of operatic works at affordable prices in intimate productions in English and original languages.

Founded: 1996
Artistic Director: Sharon Kaye
Where to hear them: The Mission City Center for the Performing Arts in Santa Clara

Mission College Community Education

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.

Founded: California Concerto Weekend is sponsored by Mission College Community Education, and was co-founded in 2010 by Joseph Ordaz and Dr Joan Karr. Joseph Ordaz serves as the artistic director and conductor, with Michael Giel as assistant conductor. Igor Resnianski is a permanent piano faculty member, and joined by a guest piano faculty member each year.
Artistic Director: Joseph Ordaz

Mission College Symphony

Founded: 2006
Artistic Director: Joseph Ordaz
Where to hear them: Mission College; Santa Clara, CA

Mission College Symphony Orchestra

Orchestral works

Artistic Director: Joseph Ordaz
Where to hear them: West Valley College Theater

Mission Dolores Basilica

Artistic Director: Jerome Lenk

Mission Dolores Basilica Choir

The resident choir of Mission Dolores, the oldest building in San Francisco.

Founded: 1989
Artistic Director: Jerome Lenk
Where to hear them: Mission Dolores Basilica

Mission Peak Brass Band

Founded: 2009
Artistic Director: Tony Clements
Where to hear them: Ohlone College - Smith Center, 43600 Mission Blvd, Fremont, CA

Mission Peak Chamber Singers

Founded: 2012
Artistic Director: Michael Morris
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