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].

Redwood Symphony

An all-volunteer community orchestra designed to serve the local community with a focus on 20th Century repertoire.

Founded: 1985
Artistic Director: Dr Eric Kujawsky
Where to hear them: Cañada College Main Theatre, Redwood City

RedZone Jazz

improvisational Jazz

Founded: 2017
Artistic Director: Charles Cozart
Where to hear them: Octopus Literary Salon

Resonance @ First Church Berkeley

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.

Founded: 2014
Artistic Director: Derek Tam
Where to hear them: First Congregational Church of Berkeley

Resonant Bodies Festival

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).

Resound Ensemble

Founded: 2011
Artistic Director: Ryan Connolly

Rhythmix Cultural Works

Founded: 2007
Artistic Director: Janet Koike + Tina Blaine

Riffic Records

Riffic records records, releases, and presents music.

Founded: 2019
Artistic Director: Lewis Patzner
Where to hear them: Musical Offering Cafe, St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Oakland

RiverBells Sacramento

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.

Founded: 1998
Artistic Director: Paul Allen

Robert Moses' Kin

Founded: 1995
Artistic Director: Robert Moses

Robert Stallman

Artistic Director: Robert Stallman
Where to hear them: Venues across the USA and Europe