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].

Mixed Chorus Kakehashi

Founded: 2012
Artistic Director: Yumiko Shiraiwa

Mobius Trio

Founded: 2010
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Modern Biblical Music Society

Founded: 2015
Artistic Director: Daniel David Feinsmith and Erin Kathleen Downey

Modesto Symphony Orchestra

The Modesto Symphony performs a mixture of Pops and Classic orchestral repertoire throughout the season.

Founded: 1931
Artistic Director: David Lockington
Where to hear them: Gallo Center for the Arts

Moises Osorio

Artistic Director: Moises Osorio
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Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts

As part of UC Davis, the Mondavi Center presents dance, film, music, theater, and spoken word productions by a wide range of local and international touring artists. The Center provides support for the university's academic departments, and a professional laboratory to train students in the performing arts.

Artistic Director: Don Roth, Ph.D, Executive Director
Where to hear them: Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis

Monday Evening Concerts

Founded in 1939, Monday Evening Concerts (MEC) is one of the longest running series in the world devoted to contemporary music. MEC has gained international admiration for its presentation of music frequently new, sometimes old, and always uniquely stimulating. Musical history is made at Monday Evening Concerts, whether it was the American debut of Pierre Boulez, world premieres of Igor Stravinsky, or the appearances here of such artists as Marino Formenti and the Arditti Quartet. Presenting the finest local and visiting artists, MEC is the place to hear adventurous new music in Los Angeles.

Founded: 1939


Founded: 2013
Artistic Director: John Beasley
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Montalvo Arts Center (Previously Villa Montalvo)

Montalvo serves as a cultural center for the Silicon Valley, presenting chamber concerts alongside visual art and multimedia presentations.

Founded: 1939
Artistic Director: Nancy Glaze
Where to hear them: The Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga

Monterey Bay Recorder Society

MBRS hosts regular meetings of recorder enthusiasts in the Santa Cruz area.

Founded: 1982
Artistic Director: LouAnn Hoffman
Where to hear them: The Santa Cruz Quaker Meeting Hall

Monterey Jazz Festival

Founded: 1958
Artistic Director: Tim Jackson
Where to hear them: Monterey Fairgrounds, Monterey, CA

Monterey Symphony

The Monterey Symphony produces and presents the musical programs, educational activities and community events to engage people of the Central Coast and the Salinas Valley in the continual discovery of symphonic music.

Mission Statement: To engage, educate, and excite the people of our region through the performance and continual discovery of symphonic music.

Founded: 1946
Artistic Director: Max Bragado-Darman
Where to hear them: Sunset Center, Carmel CA and Sherwood Hall, Salinas, CA