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 Francisco Architectural Heritage

Founded: 1971
Where to hear them: Haas-Lilienthal House

San Francisco Bach Choir

The San Francisco Bach Choir is an auditioned volunteer choir providing the Bay Area with exceptional concerts, singing music of all periods but focused particularly on the music of J.S. Bach, his contemporaries, and predecessors. Founded in 1936, it is one of the oldest continuously performing community choirs in the western United States. The Choir uses a historically informed approach, period instruments, and professional instrumentalists and soloists.

Founded: 1935
Artistic Director: Magen Solomon
Where to hear them: Calvary Presbyterian Church, San Francisco

San Francisco Ballet

As America’s oldest professional ballet company, San Francisco Ballet has enjoyed a long and rich tradition of artistic “firsts” since its founding in 1933, performing the first American productions of Swan Lake and Nutcracker, as well as the first 20th-century American Coppélia. A lively, vital ensemble, San Francisco Ballet is one of the three largest ballet companies in the United States.

Founded: 1933
Artistic Director: Helgi Tomasson
Where to hear them: War Memorial Opera House

San Francisco Ballet Orchestra

Founded: 1975
Artistic Director: Martin West
Where to hear them: San Francisco War Memorial Opera House

San Francisco Bay Area Chamber Choir

The San Francisco Bay Area Chamber Choir performs repertoire from the 16th through the 21st centuries. Concerts are typically in April and November, usually in the East Bay. Rehearsals are held Sunday evenings from September through April in the East Bay. On Facebook or the choir website, listeners can subscribe to email concerts notices and interested singers can find audition information.

Founded: 1978
Artistic Director: Ofer dal Lal
Where to hear them: Where to hear them: Venues throughout the Bay Area, most frequently in the East Bay

San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of NATS (SFBAC NATS)

Founded: 1944
Artistic Director: Victoria Rapanan, President
Where to hear them: San Francisco Bay Area

San Francisco Bay Area Flute Society

Founded: 2010
Artistic Director: Viviana Guzman

San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival

Founded: 1999
Where to hear them: Various SF Bay Area locations

San Francisco Boys Chorus

The SFBC has performed with the San Francisco Opera during every season in which parts for boy choristers have been required. Since Ian Robertson was appointed in 1996, he has built the chorus to over 200 youngsters from 48 Bay Area cities at campuses in San Francisco, Oakland, and San Rafael. The SFBC also tours domestically and internationally and presents two stand-alone concerts each season in San Francisco.

Founded: 1948
Artistic Director: Artistic Director: Ian Robertson
Where to hear them: War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco; Calvary Presbyterian Church, San Francisco

San Francisco Cabaret Opera

Founded: 2000
Artistic Director: Harriet March Page

San Francisco Chamber Orchestra

The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to making classical music accessible to audiences of all ages and backgrounds across the Bay Area by providing fully professional, admission-free concerts and educational programming.

The SFCO presents over forty concert performances annually in five Bay Area cities with musical offerings for children and families, seasoned concertgoers, and those just discovering the joys of classical music.

Founded: 1957
Artistic Director: Benjamin Simon
Where to hear them: San Francisco, Berkeley and Palo Alto

San Francisco Chamber Wind Festival

Founded: 2006
Artistic Director: John G. Bilotta
Where to hear them: San Francisco Conservatory of Music