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].

NACUSA San Francisco

The San Francisco Bay chapter of the National Association of Composers, USA produces several about four new music concerts a year, much of the music coming from submissions. (There is a submission form on the website.) Every year, they sponsor a Student Composer Competition, with the winner receiving a professional performance.

Artistic Director: Monica Lynn
Where to hear them: Foothill Presbyterian Church in San Jose, Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley, Palo Alto Art Center in Palo Alto


Performances of new music by Bay Area Composers.

Founded: 1933
Artistic Director: NACUSA San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
Where to hear them:

Nancy Karp + Dancers

Since forming Nancy Karp + Dancers in 1980, artistic director Nancy Karp has choreographed more than 70 works. She and company members have performed together in many distinguished venues, here and abroad including The Washington Project for the Arts in Washington D.C., The Kitchen in New York, The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Broadway Performance Hall in Seattle, the Fur Augen und Ohren and Sprachen der Künste Festivals at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, Kyoto College of Art in Japan, and the Zagreb Experimental Theater Festival. The company has remained committed to interdisciplinary collaboration, commissioning numerous composers, visual artists and designers in the creation of new dances each season. Among these collaborators are Charles Amirkhanian, Alvin Curran, Paul Dresher, Ingram Marshall, Sandra Woodall, Carol Law, Bill Fontana, Lutz Bacher and Wolfram Erber.

Founded: 1980
Artistic Director: Nancy Karp
Where to hear them: ODC Theater

Napa Porchfest

Founded: 2011
Artistic Director: Juliana Inaman, Napa City Council
Where to hear them: City of Napa

Napa Valley Ballet

Founded: 2006
Artistic Director: Jeannette Petrick
Where to hear them: Napa, California

Napa Valley Choral Society

Founded: 1963
Artistic Director: Jan Lanterman
Where to hear them: Napa Valley venues: First United Methodist Church, Mont La Salle, Lincoln Theater Napa Valley, St. Mary's Episcopal Church

Napa Valley College Music Department

Artistic Director: Dr. Eve-Anne Wilkes
Where to hear them: Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center

Napa Valley Community Chorus

Founded: February 2013
Artistic Director: Terry Bradford
Where to hear them: Napa, Yountville

Napa Valley Music

Artistic Director: Dr. Eve-Anne Wilkes
Where to hear them: Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center

Napa Valley Music Associates

Founded: 1990
Where to hear them: Napa Valley

Napa Valley Opera House

The Opera House serves as a cultural center for Napa, presenting a diverse program including jazz, comedy, pocket opera, classical and contemporary music.

Founded: Re-opened in 2001
Artistic Director: Evy Warshawski
Where to hear them: Margrit Biever Mondavi Theatre in downtown Napa

Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater

The Lincoln Theater hosts touring Broadway productions, comedy, jazz, and contemporary music series.

Artistic Director: Michael Madden

Napa Valley Symphony

The symphony presents classic and pops concerts throughout the year featuring internationally touring performers

Founded: 1932
Artistic Director: Asher Raboy
Where to hear them: Lincoln Theater, Yountville