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].
First Church Berkeley, a premier venue for music performance in the East Bay, has created its own exciting series of chamber and orchestral music concerts featuring artists from the Bay Area and beyond.
Music has always been an important part of the life of First Church. It touches the soul and gives sound and voice to ineffable mystery. We sing together and share our musical gifts. We also delight in the special talents of artists from within our community and beyond.
Derek Tam, First Church's Director of Music, curates this exciting series.
Resonant Bodies Festival — “in equal measures intelligent, playful, ambitious and moving” (New York Times) — is a festival of contemporary vocal music that presents "today's most talented singers" (Feast of Music) performing repertoire of their own choosing. This curatorial carte blanche gives each performance "a happy zealousness, where the singers' enthusiasm for their repertoire [is] contagious" (Sequenza 21). Since 2013, the “indispensable” and “essential” Festival (New York Times) has presented dozens of vocal artists at venues across New York City: Shapeshifter Lab (2013), JACK (2014), Merkin Concert Hall (2015), Abrons Arts Center (2015), and Roulette (2015–19).
Founded in 1998 by their director Paul W. Allen, RiverBells Sacramento is a community English handbell ensemble dedicated to promoting English handbell music in the Sacramento area. One of our specialties, in addition to traditional handbell music and adaptations, is swing music of the big band era. RiverBells Sacramento consists of fifteen ringers, several of whom are directors of other handbell ensembles. The group performs with six octaves of Schulmerich handbells and six octaves of Malmark choir chimes. RiverBells Sacramento gathers an exceptional group of advanced musicians of all ages to perform a widely-varied selection of difficult music. Many of the ringers are proficient on other instruments, are experienced in small ensemble work, and are accomplished solo ringers. RiverBells Sacramento members are often called upon in selections requiring accompaniment.