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].

San Jose State University Symphonic Band

Artistic Director: Natalie Chia
Where to hear them: San Jose State University Music Department Concert Hall

San Jose State University, School of Music & Dance

Founded: 1857
Artistic Director: Fred Cohen
Where to hear them: Music Concert Hall SJSU; Hammer Theatre, San Jose

San Jose Symphonic Choir

Founded: 1924
Artistic Director: Leroy Kromm
Where to hear them: California Theatre; Saint Joseph Cathedral Basilica; Mission Santa Clara; the greater San Jose area

San Jose Wind Symphony

The San Jose Wind Symphony (SJWS) performs six to nine concerts a year at venues throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Each concert is a mixture of contemporary, classical and popular works for wind ensemble or symphonic band.

Founded: 1958
Artistic Director: Dr. Edward C. Harris
Where to hear them:

San Jose Youth Ballet

Founded: 2003
Artistic Director: Xavier Ferla

San Jose Youth Symphony

The SJYS comprises eight distinct performing ensembles: two full orchestras, two wind ensembles, a flute choir, a percussion ensemble and two string ensembles for children ages 8 - 21.

Founded: 1952
Artistic Director: Yair Samet
Where to hear them: Venues in and around San Jose

Sancta Canticum Performing Arts Series

Founded: 2014
Artistic Director: Lee A. Steward
Where to hear them: Bay Area, San Mateo, CA

Sanctus Virtuosi

Founded: 2010
Artistic Director: Erin Downey
Where to hear them: SF Bay Area

Sanford Dole Ensemble

This newly all-professional ensemble focuses on contemporary and new music works for chorus and orchestra. Their repertoire generally features chamber-scale works, but expands or shrinks as the music dictates.

Founded: 1991
Artistic Director: Sanford Dole
Where to hear them: Various churches in San Francisco and environs

Sangeet DHwani

Artistic Director: Pradeep Joshi

Sangeet Dhwani

Artistic Director: Pradeep Joshi