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].
The San Francisco Institute of Music offers a system of comprehensive music instruction, with an emphasis on the development of perfect fundamentals. Our well-researched methodology allows students to advance rapidly, with significantly less practice time than is traditionally assumed. SFIM employ a bel canto approach to instrumental mastery.
SFJAZZ is one of the world's leading presenters of jazz and related forms of music, with over 100 performances each year. We're also a nonprofit organization which provides rich and rewarding jazz education programs for people of all ages. Founded in 1983 as a concert presenter under the name of Jazz in the City, SFJAZZ is now one of only two major year-round organizations in the country dedicated to cultivating jazz as a living art form with rich past. Today we're one of the largest performing arts organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area, presenting events that enrich the cultural landscape and bring great artists here via the San Francisco Jazz Festival and the SFJAZZ Spring Season. We also encourage a vibrant local music sense with our SFJAZZ Summerfest and Hotplate programs. And we nurture young musicians and foster new fans with our year-round education programs, including Jazz in the Middle, SFJAZZ High School All-Stars, Family Matinees and Discover Jazz classes. All told, more than one million people have attended SFJAZZ concerts and heard over 10,000 musicians grace our stages—including almost half the National Endowment for Arts (NEA) Jazz Masters. The world listens to SFJAZZ, for we celebrate jazz as a living art form built on a constantly evolving tradition.
The Lyric Chorus performs a repertoire representing all periods of choral music, with a special interest in presenting little known, rarely performed works
Sing! San Francisco Lyric Chorus is an auditioned, medium-sized, mixed-voice chorus that performs a diverse repertoire with an emphasis on classical choral music and rarely performed works. We are an inclusive and welcoming community of singers, committed to excellent musicianship and creative programming.
With a goal of keeping ticket prices affordable and encouraging both young artists and young audience members, SFLO presents several full opera productions each season. Additionally, 10% of the tickets to each performance are made available free of charge to students in the San Francisco Unified School District.