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 Public Library

The San Francisco Public Library system is dedicated to free and equal access to information, knowledge, independent learning, and the joys of reading for our diverse community.

Founded: 1878

San Francisco Renaissance Voices

SFRV is dedicated to performing and exploring the a cappella choral music of the Renaissance, particularly lesser-known and rarely performed works, as well as exploring music from this period outside of the traditional European canon.

Founded: 2004
Artistic Director: Todd Jolly
Where to hear them: Venues throughout the Bay Area

San Francisco Renaissance Voices

We are the San Francisco Bay Area's professional mixed-voice ensemble dedicated to performing and exploring the a cappella choral music of the Renaissance particularly lesser-known and rarely-performed works, as well as exploring music from this period outside of the traditional European canon.

Founded: 2004
Artistic Director: Don Scott Carpenter, Music Director - Liesl McPherrin, Assistant Music Director
Where to hear them: Throughout the Bay Area but especially at our home as Artists-in-Residence, The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in San Francisco

San Francisco School of the Arts Choir

Founded: 1981
Artistic Director: Todd Wedge
Where to hear them: School of the Arts. 555 Portola Drive, San Francisco

San Francisco School of the Arts Piano

Artistic Director: Ava Soifer
Where to hear them: Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts

San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers

The San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers formed in 1986 to play traditional Scottish fiddle music. Members meet the third Sunday of each month in homes around the San Francisco Bay area, drawn together by our strong sense of community and delight in sharing the music we love.

Guided by our director, noted fiddler Alasdair Fraser, we draw our repertoire from the rich and enduring Scottish musical tradition. We learn contemporary tunes as well as those that have been passed down from the Highlands and Western Isles, the northeast of Scotland, and Shetland. Many tunes also come from the great Scottish fiddling tradition that flourishes in Cape Breton Island off the northeast coast of Canada.

In addition to our regular meetings and jam sessions we organize workshops, give annual concerts in the Bay Area, hold a winter fiddling retreat, and perform for special events such as fiddle rallies and Scottish Highland Games. By the way, you don't have to be a fiddler to join: all instruments are welcome!

Founded: 1986

San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Founded: 1996
Artistic Director: Anita Monga
Where to hear them: Castro Theatre

San Francisco Sinfonietta

Sinfonietta focuses on providing acces to classical music at the community level. Repertoire includes a mixture of classic and contemporary works including a number of world premieres.

Founded: 1994
Artistic Director: Urs Leonhardt Steiner
Where to hear them: Various San Francisco locations

San Francisco Singer's World

Founded: 2004
Artistic Director: Joseph Meyers
Where to hear them: San Francisco Bay Area

San Francisco Song Festival

Presents a series of vocal music recitals and host the American Art Song competition for composers

Founded: 2003
Artistic Director: John Kendall Bailey
Where to hear them: Old First Church

San Francisco State University Opera

Artistic Director: Alissa Deeter
Where to hear them: San Francisco State Universtiy

San Francisco Symphony

The San Francisco Symphony is a world-class orchestra renowned for its dynamic programming, stylistic versatility, and commitment to community-building, both at home in the Bay Area and throughout the world via live performance and groundbreaking multimedia programs.

Founded: 1911
Artistic Director: Music Director: Michael Tilson Thomas
Where to hear them: Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco; Flint Center, Cupertino.

San Francisco Symphony Chorus

The resident chorus of the San Francisco Symphony is comprised of singers 30 percent of whom are professional and 70 percent are volunteers. This distinguished group has won numerous Grammy awards and international recognition as one of America's finest.

Founded: 1972
Artistic Director: Ragnar Bolin
Where to hear them: Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco

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