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].

Saarani Music Educational Trust


Founded: N.Ch.Parthasarathy
Artistic Director: N.Ch.Parthasarathy
Where to hear them:

Sacramento Baroque Soloists

Founded: 2001
Artistic Director: Lisa Lawson
Where to hear them: Sacramento, California

Sacramento Choral Society & Orchestra

The Sacramento Choral Society & Orchestra provides a variety of large choral orchestral classical music concerts in the Sacramento region for families at reasonable prices. The SCSO pursues a number of outreach efforts to educate and inspire people from all walks of life.

Founded: 1996
Artistic Director: Dr. Donald Kendrick
Where to hear them: Sacramento Community Center Theater, Memorial Auditorium, Fremont Presbyterian Church

Sacramento Opera

The mission of the Sacramento Opera is to produce outstanding opera, to develop and cultivate a wider public interest in opera and its allied arts, and to further music education in the region.

Founded: 1947 (as the Sacramento Opera Guild)
Artistic Director: Timm Rolek
Where to hear them: The Community Center Theater in Sacramento

Sacramento Philharmonic

Artistic Director: Michael Morgan
Where to hear them: The Community Center Theater in Sacramento

Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera

The Sacramento Philharmonic and the Sacramento Opera merged in 2013 creating the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera. Together, they bring professional orchestral and operatic works to the greater Sacramento region. With both Classics and Pops seasons, this organization is commited to providing music for everyone. Since 2013, the Sac Phil & Opera has offered patron-centric ticket pricing. Those wanting to learn more about the Sac Phil & Opera or for tickets, may go to

Founded: 2013
Where to hear them: Sacramento Community Center Theater

Sacramento Youth Symphony

Founded in 1956 as a 55- member youth orchestra, the Sacramento Youth Symphony (SYS), under the artistic direction of Michael Neumann, now has a membership of more than 400 talented young musicians from all over the Sacramento Valley region. SYS offers beginning through advanced orchestral ensembles and presents more than 20 concerts per year under the baton of some of the best music educators and conductors in the region. As Sacramento’s foremost orchestral youth organization, we aspire to become the region’s most influential community for the advancement of talent and music appreciation among youth. We achieve this by offering several levels of string, wind, and orchestral ensembles, allowing us to accommodate intermediate and advanced players as well as less seasoned youth musicians with at least one year of experience. As Sacramento Youth Symphony members, students learn from our talented music educators and conductors, gain exposure to music history and theory, and perform challenging orchestral works in several exciting concerts every year. They may also have the opportunity to tour locally or internationally, depending on their ensemble. Our music programs are designed to bridge music and academic subjects, and teach orchestra ethics and appropriate social behavior. In doing so, students gain self-esteem, self-expression, discipline, and a sense of teamwork. Participating in the Sacramento Youth Symphony also provides students with the equivalent of a full-body workout for their brains!! As demonstrated in research by neuroscientists, playing music simultaneously engages every area of the brain, contributing to higher levels of problem-solving, executive function/planning/strategizing, and memory. Across a broad demographic spectrum of youth, we seek to cultivate musical talent, promote love for music, advance a sense of unity, and increase capacity for a lifetime of success. Membership in the Sacramento Youth Symphony is a powerful and enriching experience. It helps develop well-rounded students with impressive school resumes, and contributes to rewards in college and beyond. Many alumni continue making music on some level while successfully pursuing non-musical careers; others dedicate their lives to music, going on to play for such renowned professional orchestras as the New York Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony. Perhaps most importantly, during their time as Sacramento Youth Symphony members, they enjoy camaraderie with like-minded students, build lifelong friendships, and accumulate memories to last a lifetime.

Founded: 1956
Artistic Director: Michael Neumann
Where to hear them: Various venues in the greater Sacramento area

Sacred and Profane

This amateur chamber chorus presents a cappella performances of sacred and secular music from all eras. With only 18-24 voices, concerts provide an intimate musical experience.

Founded: 1977
Artistic Director: Rebecca Seeman
Where to hear them: Various churches in San Francisco and the East Bay

Saint Anne's Episcopal Church

We host two or three popular and interesting concerts a year.

Where to hear them:

Saint John's Presbyterian Church

Founded: 1870
Artistic Director: Cyril Deaconoff/Karen Irwin
Where to hear them: 25 Lake St., San Francisco, CA

Saint Mary's College of California Chamber Singers

Founded: 1863
Artistic Director: Julie Ford
Where to hear them: Saint Mary's College of California, 1928 St. Mary's Rd, Moraga, CA 94575

Saint Michael Trio

The Saint Michael Trio is Silicon Valley's update to the chamber music scene.

Founded: 2007
Where to hear them: Montalvo Arts Center, Stanford University