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 Electronic Music Festival

Each festival features artists working in a variety of modes including: laptop generated sound, processed live acoustic instruments, amplified found objects, projected video, improvisation, and performance art

Founded: 1999
Artistic Director: Programmed by a curatorial committee
Where to hear them: Project Artaud Theater

San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival

Founded: 1978
Artistic Director: CK Ladzekpo and Carlos Carvajal

San Francisco Festival Chorus and Chamber Orchestra

Founded: 2013
Artistic Director: Chip Grant
Where to hear them: The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin

San Francisco Flute Society

Founded: 2010
Artistic Director: Viviana Guzman
Where to hear them: Bay Area

San Francisco Folk Music Club

Founded: 1976
Where to hear them: various

San Francisco Forest Choir

Artistic Director: Ruriko Miura

San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music

The SFFCM provides resources for emerging chamber groups in the Bay Area by providing fiscal sponsorship, funding, workshops, resources and other services

Founded: 1998
Artistic Director: Dominique Pelletey

San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus

One of the nation’s first all-gay choruses, the SFGMC has developed a national reputation for performances that combine music-making with social awareness. Their repertoire ranges from choral classics to musical theater and beyond.

Founded: 1978
Artistic Director: Dr. Timothy Seelig
Where to hear them: Venues throughout San Francisco

San Francisco Girls Chorus

This award-winning organization offers a multi-faceted music education and choral performance program for girls (ages 5-18) who live throughout the Bay Area.

Founded: 1978
Artistic Director: Lisa Bielawa, Artistic Director Valérie Sainte-Agathe, Music Director and Principal Conductor
Where to hear them: Various churches and concert halls, including guest appearances with larger institutions such as the SF Symphony.

San Francisco Green Film Festival

San Francisco Green Film Festival is a non-profit organization committed to using the power of film to bring audiences into the global conversation on environmental solutions. Our annual Festival has grown to be the West Coast’s leading environmental arts program, attracting bold filmmakers and highly engaged audiences every year. We curate compelling discussions with thought leaders, innovators, and world-class storytellers, using the power of film to inspire, inform, and ignite change. As we approach our 10th Anniversary in 2020, we are expanding our reputation as a leading force for environmental justice, strengthening communities, and growing the green movement.

Founded: 2011
Artistic Director: Rachel Caplan

San Francisco Guitar Quartet

The quartet is committed to presenting new music — coalescing classical, world, and improvisatory musical traditions.

Founded: 1997
Artistic Director: None
Where to hear them: Various San Francisco locations

San Francisco Guzheng Music Society

Founded: 1982
Artistic Director: Weishan Liu
Where to hear them: San Francisco

San Francisco Holy Virgin Cathedral Choir

Founded: 1950s
Artistic Director: Vladimir V. Krassovsky
Where to hear them: Holy Virgin Russian Orthodox Cathedral, 6210 Geary Bl., S.F.