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 Eric@sfcv.org.
The Paul Dresher Ensemble is one of only a few composer-led organizations and presents experimental and mostly commissioned works that combine electric and acoustic instrumentation. The Ensemble is known for its collaborations with dance companies, theater groups, operas, and other artists and organizations.
Peninsula Cantare is dedicated to keeping alive the great choral masterpieces and exploring new music for the education and enjoyment of their audience. Program repertoire ranges from the Renaissance to the Twenty-First century; from a capella literature to major works with orchestra.
The Peninsula Girls Chorus provides San Francisco Bay Area girls age 6-18 with an accelerated music education and performance program. Repertoire, selected to fit each choir's skill-level, varies widely -- from established classical works to arrangements of folksongs from around the world.
The Peninsula Symphony is comprised of highly trained community musicians who present a handful of concerts each year, with music ranging from swing to tango to classical.
The Peninsula Women's Chorus (PWC) is a 50-voice choir that performs challenging contemporary and classical music locally, nationally and abroad.
The Peninsula Youth Orchestra organization, founded in 1997, is musical home to over 420 student musicians that comprise four full orchestras plus numerous chamber music ensembles. The senior-high PYO, under the direction of Mitchell Sardou Klein, has toured extensively and received the prestigious 2000 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming of American Music on Foreign Tour for their Japan Tour. PYO was named Showcase Orchestra at the Australian International Music Festival held at the Sydney Opera House in 2001, toured Northern Italy in 2003, and in 2005 performed concerts in Southern France and Spain. During 2007, in conjunction with PYO's 10th anniversary celebration, the orchestra toured Eastern Europe, performing in world-famous Dvorak Hall and Liszt Academy. PYO performed in Paris, Normandy, Brugges, and Amsterdam during its summer 2009 tour, and in 2011 toured Southern England, performing in Cheltenham, Oxford, and London. The organization also maintains three full preparatory orchestras, directed by Sara Salsbury, of which the Young Artists is the most advanced.