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].


NapaShakes is a nonprofit dedicated to presenting the world’s greatest interpreters of Shakespeare and classical theater through year-round professional productions, concerts and performances in the Napa Valley and beyond, plus dynamic community outreach and educational programs. For more information, visit

Founded: 2014
Artistic Director: Laura Rafaty
Where to hear them: Napa Valley

Natalie Cressman Music

Artistic Director: Natalie Cressman
Where to hear them:

Natasha Carlitz Dance Ensemble

Founded: 2005
Artistic Director: Natasha Carlitz

National Association of Composers, USA - SF Chapter

Artistic Director: Dale E. Victorine
Where to hear them: San Francisco, Palo Alto, San Jose

National Children's Chorus

The National Children's Chorus transforms the lives of young people, empowering them to effectively lead society toward the ideals of artistic excellence, cultural openness, and social justice.

Founded: 2009
Artistic Director: Luke McEndarfer

National Symphony Orchestra

The National Symphony Orchestra's 84th season is its fifth under the leadership of Music Director Christoph Eschenbach, who also serves as the Music Director of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Founded in 1931 and an affiliate company of the Kennedy Center since 1986, the Orchestra has maintained its commitment to artistic excellence and music education. The Orchestra numbers 96 musicians, presenting a year-long season of approximately 150 concerts each year. These include classical subscription series, pops concerts, summer performances at Wolf Trap and on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol, chamber music performances in the Terrace Theater and on the Millennium Stage, and an extensive educational program.

Artistic Director: Christoph Eschenbach

Navitas Ensemble

Founded: 2009
Artistic Director: Hannah Addario-Berry

Neighborhood Performance Project

Founded: 2013
Artistic Director: Adam Scow
Where to hear them: All over the Bay Area!

Nevada Opera

Founded: 1967
Artistic Director: Genaro Mendez
Where to hear them: Reno Nevada

New Arts Alliance

Founded: 2010
Artistic Director: Meerenai Shim and Kassey LeBow
Where to hear them: Various venues