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].

Radcliffe Choral Society

The Radcliffe Choral Society, founded in 1899, is a treble choral ensemble at Harvard University, currently under the direction of Dr. Andrew Clark. The ensemble performs a distinctive repertoire spanning nine centuries of choral literature: sacred and secular, a cappella and accompanied, collaborative and choral-orchestral. The Radcliffe Choral Society aims to foster the appreciation and enjoyment of women's choral music through the commission of new works for women's voices, high-caliber performances, and domestic and international travel, striving to honor its history and further its legacy. As a student run and managed 501(c)(3) non-profit, singers are given a unique opportunity to join the Executive Committee, learning about and developing their skills in arts management. Featuring a student led a cappella group, 'Cliffe Notes, the Radcliffe Choral Society promotes excellence in women's choral music and celebrates the extraordinary community formed through its music-making.

Founded: 1899
Artistic Director: Dr. Andrew Clark

Radix Troupe

RADIX a theater troupe that makes music. Or a band that makes theater. And films. The Bay Area's Best New Experimental Musical Theater Troupe! (East Bay Express, 2015).

Ragazzi Boys Chorus

Based on the Peninsula, this chorus offers music education and performance for boys and young men ages 7-18, performing a full range of traditional and contemporary works for treble and changed voices.

Founded: 1987
Artistic Director: Joyce Keil
Where to hear them: Venues throughout Bay Area

Ragazzi Continuo

Founded: 2010
Artistic Director: Jesse Buddington

Rainbow Chamber Players

Founded: 2018
Artistic Director: Kyle Baldwin
Where to hear them: various venues

Rainforest Band


Founded: 2019
Artistic Director: Tony Saunders
Where to hear them: The Bay Area

Red Dragonfly Productions

Founded: 2005
Artistic Director: Rhonda Lucile Hicks
Where to hear them:

Red Poppy Art House

Founded: 2003
Artistic Director: Todd T Brown
Where to hear them: 2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110


REDCAT, Roy and Edna Disney/Calarts Theater, is the CalArts downtown center for contemporary arts. It is a multidisciplinary center for innovative visual, performing, and media arts founded by CalArts in the Walt Disney concert Hall complex in downtown Los Angeles. Through performances, exhibitions, screenings, and literary events, REDCAT introduces diverse audiences, students and artists to the most influential developments in the arts from around the world, and gives artists in this region the creative support they need to achieve national and international stature. REDCAT continues the tradition of the California Institute of the Arts, its parent organization, by encouraging experimentation, discovery and lively civic discourse.

Reddell Music

Pianist, teacher, performer

Artistic Director: Jessica Reddell Popovich
Where to hear them:

Redwood Arts Council

The Redwood Arts Council was founded in 1980 by a group of music lovers whose goal was to bring quality entertainment to the Occidental community. The Redwood Arts Council books concerts that rival the quality of chamber music performances in large metropolitan areas.

Founded: 1980
Artistic Director: Candace Rossman
Where to hear them: Occidental Community Church

Redwood Empire Sing-Along Messiah

Founded: 1980
Artistic Director: Dan Earl
Where to hear them: Santa Rosa High School Auditorium