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].
SFSYO program is available to select talented young musicians (under 20 years of age) from the greater Bay Area. The concert programs are filled with the great masterworks of the orchestral repertoire. The ensemble is also noted for its commissioning program and performances of modern and contemporary works.
Presenting performances of audioArt diffused through a surround-sound speaker environment.
This organization holds a Viennese Waltz Ball every year. 2016 is the 60th annual ball. The Saratoga Symphony plays waltzes, polkas, and quadrilles. When the orchestra breaks, a quartet provides other dance music such as foxtrot, tango, rumba, chacha, and swing. A formal dinner precedes the dance. Dress is White tie, Black tie optional.
San Francisco Youth Chamber Orchestra is a group of passionate young musicians from the Bay Area and farther reaching areas of Sacramento and Modesto. Most members are also part of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra or San Francisco Conservatory where they played together and met. The chamber orchestra is organized and conducted by 18 year old conductor-in-training Euan Shields. The 22 member group of teens and early twenties rehearse in Shields' home or in a back room at Davies hall after SFSYO rehearsals. They have a played five public concerts in San Francisco in churches around the city. All performances are charity concerts to raise money to help homeless families in San Francisco. The orchestra plays a diverse repertoire, most recently performing pieces by Bach, Elgar, Debussy, Schoenberg, Dvorak, Ravel and Monteverdi. Every performance brings a new adventure, incorporating such unexpected elements as harp solos, choral singers and large wind sections. San Francisco Youth Chamber Orchestra has now begun to play regularly at The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin.
The SJCO combines new works with standard repertoire, premiering more than 75 new works, mostly commissions, during their first 17 years. They also have 4 youth orchestras(all strings), 90 youth players total.
(Formerly the Choral Project) This mid-sized, award-winning ensemble is based in San Jose and presents wide-ranging programs that often include theatrical elements.