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 Institute of Music

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.

Artistic Director: David Jacobson
Where to hear them: San Francisco

San Francisco International Flute Festival

Founded: 2009
Artistic Director: Viviana Guzman
Where to hear them: Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, Half Moon Bay CA

San Francisco International Music Festival

Founded: 2002
Artistic Director: Catherine Angelo
Where to hear them: San Francisco Conservatory of Music

San Francisco Jazz

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.

Founded: 1983
Artistic Director: Randall Kline
Where to hear them: San Francisco

San Francisco Kopprasch Institute

Founded: 2013
Artistic Director: Carl Ek
Where to hear them: Bay Area

San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band

Founded: 1978
Artistic Director: Pete Nowlen
Where to hear them: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Everett Auditorium, Ebenezer/herchurch Lutheran

San Francisco Lyric Chorus

The Lyric Chorus performs a repertoire representing all periods of choral music, with a special interest in presenting little known, rarely performed works

Founded: 1995
Artistic Director: Robert Gurney
Where to hear them: First Unitarian Universalist Church and other Venues in San Francisco

San Francisco Lyric Chorus

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.

Founded: 1995
Artistic Director: Robert Gurney
Where to hear them: Trinity Church, 1620 Gough Street, San Francisco 94109

San Francisco Lyric Chorus Summer 2019 Concert: Brahms Requiem

Founded: 1995
Artistic Director: Robert Gurney
Where to hear them: Trinity Church, 1620 Gough Street, San Francisco 94109

San Francisco Lyric Opera

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.

Founded: 2003
Artistic Director: Barnaby Palmer
Where to hear them: Cowell Theater at Fort Mason, San Francisco

San Francisco Mandolin Orchestra

Founded: May 2005
Artistic Director: Nicola and Achille Bocus
Where to hear them: Bay Area Venues

San Francisco Master Chorale

Artistic Director: Hyun Kim
Where to hear them: Bay Area

San Francisco Munich TRIO

Founded: 2006
Artistic Director: Rebecca Rust & Friedrich Edelmann
Where to hear them: California

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