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].
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.
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.
The Opera House serves as a cultural center for Napa, presenting a diverse program including jazz, comedy, pocket opera, classical and contemporary music.
The Lincoln Theater hosts touring Broadway productions, comedy, jazz, and contemporary music series.