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 Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

Founded: 1935
Artistic Director: Neal Benezra
Where to hear them: Various venus

San Francisco Offside Festival

Founded: 2012
Artistic Director: Laura Maguire & Alex Pinto

San Francisco Opera

As the nation's second largest opera company, San Francisco Opera is known for balancing classics of the opera repertoire with new works on a regular basis. The Opera's casting features international singing stars as well as notable new singers from the Company's distinguished Opera Center and Merola Opera Program.

Founded: 1923
Artistic Director: Matthew Shilvock, General Director; Nicola Luisotti, Music Director
Where to hear them: The War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco

San Francisco Opera Guild

San Francisco Opera Guild, East Bay Chapter

Phone: 925-838-9255 email: [email protected]

Artistic Director: Silvia Lin, President
Where to hear them: East Bay

San Francisco Opera Orchestra

Artistic Director: Nicola Luisotti
Where to hear them: San Francisco Opera

San Francisco Oratory in formation

Artistic Director: Sven Edward Olbash

San Francisco Parlor Opera

Founded: 2008
Artistic Director: Cole Grissom, Elizabeth O'Neill, Patricia Urbano

San Francisco Performances

SF Performances presents wide-ranging performances on an intimate scale, specializing in chamber music, vocal and instrumental recitals, contemporary dance and jazz. Educational programming is also a staple of SFP, which provides special concert-lecture combinations in addition to other outreach programs.

Founded: 1979
Artistic Director: Ruth Felt, Artistic Director and Founder
Where to hear them: Various venues around San Francisco, especially Herbst Theatre and Masonic Auditorium.

San Francisco Playhouse

Theater company that produces plays and musical theater

Founded: 2003
Artistic Director: Bill English and Susi Damilano
Where to hear them: 450 Post Street San Francisco 450 Post Street San Francisco, CA

San Francisco Playhouse

Located in the heart of the Union Square Theater District, San Francisco Playhouse is the city’s Off-Broadway company, an intimate alternative to the larger more traditional Union Square theater fare. The San Francisco Playhouse provides audiences the opportunity to experience professional theater with top-notch actors and world-class design in a setting where they are close to the action.

The San Francisco Playhouse is committed to providing a creative home and inspiring environment where actors, directors, writers, designers, and theater lovers converge to create works that celebrate the human spirit.

Founded: Founded by Bill English and Susi Damilano as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization in 2003, San Francisco Playhouse is the Bay Area’s fastest-growing theatre company and has been described as “a company that stages some of the most consistently high-quality work around.”
Where to hear them: Venue: 450 Post Street 2nd Floor, Kensington Park Hotel San Francisco, CA 94102

San Francisco Pro Musica Antiqua

Artistic Director: Michael O'Rourke