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].

Nonsemble 6

Founded: 2009
Artistic Director: Ian Scarfe, Annie Phillips, Anne Suda, Kevin Rogers, Amy Foote, Justin Lee
Where to hear them: Concert halls and other venues across SF

Noontime Concerts

Founded: 1988
Artistic Director: Robin Wirthlin
Where to hear them: Old St. Mary's and The San Francisco Mint

North American Guqin Association

Founded: SF Bay Area, 1997
Artistic Director: Fei Wang

North Bay Opera

The North Bay Opera presents one fully staged opera each year in Fairfield, CA. The organization draws from the Bay Area's rich talent pool to produce quality production in the largely agricultural valley between San Francisco and Sacramento.

Founded: 1987
Artistic Director: Phil Kuttner
Where to hear them: Fairfield Center for Creative Arts Theater

North Bay Performing Arts Contessi Ballet

Artistic Director: Marcella Contessi Smith

North Coast Ballet California

North Coast Ballet California (formerly known as Petaluma City Ballet) is Sonoma County's premier pre-professional ballet company, bringing contemporary and classical dance theatre performances to audiences throughout the North Bay.

Founded: 1981
Artistic Director: Ann Derby

North Star Piano TRio

piano trios by mostly women composers; contemporary music

Founded: 2016
Artistic Director: Lynn Schugren
Where to hear them: Berkeley Piano Club, Crocker Art Museum, Bach's Lunch

North Star Vocal Artists

Founded: 2015
Artistic Director: Sanford Dole
Where to hear them: North Bay and San Francisco

North Valley Baptist Church

Founded: 1975
Artistic Director: Brad Boruff
Where to hear them: North Valley Baptist Church

Northern California Chamber Music Academy

Annual bass camp for students age 12-99 at Drew School, annual Bass Bash every winter for San Francisco pubilc schools & concert production

Founded: 2017
Artistic Director: Richard Duke

Northern California Viola Society

Founded: long ago
Artistic Director: Ethan Filner, President
Where to hear them: Northern California, currently based in San Francisco

Northwest Boychoir

Founded: 1974
Artistic Director: Joseph Crnko
Where to hear them: Seattle or on tour in California

Notable Music and Arts Organization

Founded: 2012
Artistic Director: Pasquale Esposito

Notes for Nourishment/Listen for Life

The idea behind Notes for Nourishment is to bring about good music for a good cause. In the past three years, Notes for Nourishment has raised over $50,000 for 40 local charities in the San Francisco area.

Founded: 2016
Artistic Director: Donna Stoering
Where to hear them: Mission Dolores Basilica and other locations in the Bay Area.