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].

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra

Founded: 1966
Artistic Director: Benjamin Simon
Where to hear them: Dinkelpiel Auditorium, Stanford

Palo Alto Philharmonic

The Palo Alto Phil is a community orchestra formed by local musicians to serve the Silicon Valley area

Founded: 1988
Artistic Director: Thomas Shoebotham
Where to hear them: Various locations in and around Palo Alto

Palomarin Chamber Music Foundation

Founded: 1996
Artistic Director: Burke Schuchmann
Where to hear them: First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley

Pamela Z Arts

Founded: 1984
Artistic Director: Pamela Z

Paul Dresher Ensemble

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.

Founded: 1987
Artistic Director: Paul Dresher, composer and founder
Where to hear them: Venues in San Francisco

Peña Pachamama Curtural Center

Artistic Director: Eddy Nava

Peninsula Ballet Theatre

Founded: 1967
Artistic Director: Bruce Steivel
Where to hear them: San Mateo Performing Arts Center

Peninsula Cantare

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.

Founded: 1971
Artistic Director: James Richard Frieman
Where to hear them: SF Peninsula

Peninsula Folk Dance Council/Folk Dance Federation of California

Founded: 1940
Artistic Director: Denise Heenan
Where to hear them: Community Church of Christ, San Carlos

Peninsula Girls Chorus

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.

Founded: 1994
Artistic Director: Catherine Doyle Wesolek
Where to hear them: Burlingame United Methodist Church

Peninsula Guitar Series

Founded: 2012
Artistic Director: Christopher Mallett
Where to hear them: San Bruno

Peninsula Guitar Series

Artistic Director: Robert Miller
Where to hear them:

Peninsula Symphony

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.

Founded: 1949
Artistic Director: Mitchell Sardou Klein
Where to hear them: Venues in San Mateo, Redwood City, and Cupertino