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 International Piano Competition

Founded: 2000
Artistic Director: Irina Prilipko-Morgan

San Jose International Piano Competition

Founded: 2000
Where to hear them: Le Petit Trianon Theatre, 72 N. 5th St., San Jose, CA 95112

San Jose Jazz

San Jose Jazz, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit service organization, was founded in 1986 to promote music through education and performance to help build a stronger, more vibrant community through participation in the arts. In 1987, San Jose Jazz produced its first jazz series, in 1989 its first jazz festival, and in 1993 its first youth education program. Today, San Jose Jazz is a dynamic, year-round arts organization that contributes to its community by producing a series of education and performance programs.

Founded: 1987

San Jose Metropolitan Band

Founded: 1967
Artistic Director: Greg Bergantz
Where to hear them: McAffe Performing Arts and Lecture Center

San Jose Opera Guild

Support the operatic arts in the Bay Area

Founded: 1947

San Jose State Opera Theater

Artistic Director: Layna Chianakas
Where to hear them: San Jose State University

San Jose State University Choirs

Founded: 1933
Artistic Director: Charlene Archibeque
Where to hear them: Mission Santa Clara; San Jose State University


Artistic Director: DR. JEFFREY BENSON

San Jose State University Dept. of Music

The dept offers bachelor and graduate degree program in performance, voice, composition and music technology

Founded: University
Artistic Director: Dr Edward Harris (Department Chair)
Where to hear them: SFSU Concert Hall

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: