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].

P-S-F-S (Prince SF Singers)

Founded: Winter 2010
Artistic Director: Ken Malucelli
Where to hear them: Bay Area concerts

Pacific Arts and Culture Exchange

Cultural exchange

Founded: 2014
Artistic Director: Jindong Cai

Pacific Boychoir Academy

The Academy offers 8 levels of chorus programs for boys age 4 - 18. In 2004 the PBA started a day school with a full academic program.

Founded: 1998
Artistic Director: Kevin Fox
Where to hear them: Venues in San Francisco and the East Bay and in regular appearances with the San Francisco Symphony

Pacific Chamber Orchestra

Pacific Chamber Orchestra (PCO) brings together seasoned Bay Area professional music in intimate local venues to create inspirational classical music to enjoy with your friends and neighbors. PCO wants you to spend your time listening to classical music performed by musicians drawn from the San Francisco Symphony, Opera, Ballet and Broadway shows and soundtracks recorded at Skywalker Ranch. PCO also take seriously its mission to bring musical education to local schools by performing at several school venues throughout the school year.

Founded: 1989
Artistic Director: Lawrence Kohl
Where to hear them: Bankhead Theater, Livermore, CA

Pacific Chamber Orchestra Chorus

Occasionally prepares choral works like Messiah and the Four Coronation Anthems for performance with the Pacific Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Lawrence Kohl.

Founded: 2010
Artistic Director: Rob Lappa
Where to hear them: Bay Area

Pacific Chamber Symphony

Pacific Chamber Symphony has a season of 3 to 5 concerts sets with performances in San Francisco, Napa, Alameda and Contra Costa counties

Founded: 1989 (as the Chamber Orchestra of San Leandro)
Artistic Director: Lawrence Kohl
Where to hear them: SF Conservatory of Music, Livermore Performing Arts Center, Lafayette Presbyterian Church, El Campanil Theater in Antioch & the Napa Valley Opera House

Pacific Collegium

16th through 18th century small-ensemble vocal and choral music

Founded: 2004
Artistic Director: Christopher Kula
Where to hear them: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Oakland

Pacific Edge Voices

Named a “venerable chorus” by Joshua Kosman (SF Chronicle), Pacific Edge Voices (formerly Pacific Mozart Ensemble) is a Grammy®-nominated chorus that has been captivating audiences around the world for 36 years. They are best known for their extensive, diverse repertoire of high quality choral music, as well as collaborations with high-profile and popular artists such as Dave Brubeck, Meredith Monk, and Bobby McFerrin, and recent intercultural collaboration projects with Cuban and Persian composers.

Founded: 1981
Artistic Director: Lynne Morrow
Where to hear them: Various venues in Berkeley and San Francisco

Pacific Mambo Orchestra

Founded: 2004
Artistic Director: Christian Tumalen

Pacific Masterworks Chorus

Founded: 2010
Artistic Director: Greg Lyne
Where to hear them: Pleasanton

Pacific Musical Society

Founded: 1910
Artistic Director: Monica Foyer
Where to hear them: Green Room at the San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center

Pacific Musical Society & Foundation

The Pacific Musical Society, founded in 1910, is the oldest active musical organization in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since our inception, we have nurtured the growth and careers of many young classical musicians through our annual competition. Recently we have expanded our mission, creating the Pacific Musical Society & Foundation, which will provide support throughout our musicians’ careers. Our goal is to help serious students of classical music not only find viable, fulfilling careers, but also emerge from their training with the life skills necessary to be successful all-rounders. In doing this, we are starting to tackle some of the broader, systemic problems that create roadblocks for young musicians pursuing a career in classical music. Your financial support directly contributes to our mission. Click here to donate.

Founded: 1910
Artistic Director: Aaron Brown

Pacific Opera Project

Pacific Opera Project was founded in July of 2011 with the purpose of bring accessible, affordable, and entertaining opera to audiences across Los Angeles. 

Mission Statement:   To provide quality opera that is innovative, affordable, and entertaining in order to build a broader audience.

​Vision Statement:  In the future, opera will become a greater part of popular culture, as we develop a larger local community of opera lovers and launch the careers of opera makers.

Where to hear them: The Vortex

Pacific Sticks Percussion Ensemble

Founded: 1976
Artistic Director: Ken Crawford

Pacific Symphony

Pacific Symphony, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair for the last 28 years, has been the resident orchestra of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall for over a decade. Currently in its 39th season, the Symphony is the largest orchestra formed in the U.S. in the last 50 years and is recognized as an outstanding ensemble making strides on both the national and international scene, as well as in its own community of Orange County.

Artistic Director: Carl St. Clair
Where to hear them: Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall