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 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

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:

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