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 Temple Hill Choir and Orchestra present sacred and classical oratorios, Christmas concerts, American music concerts, and other fun music for communities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Each Easter, the Temple Hill Choir and Orchestra join with singers from around the Bay Area to present Interfaith concerts including Lamb of God Easter Oratorio at various churches, which in the past has included St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco, Oakland Temple Hill Auditorium, the Santa Clara Mission Church at Santa Clara University, and the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph in San Jose. All concerts are free and open to the public as a gift to the community. Some concerts have benefited Bay Area charities including the Refugee Relocation program of Catholic Charities, and the annual American Red Cross Bay Area Interfaith Blood Drive.
Tenth Avenue Players (affectionately known as TAP) formed when four long-time friends and musical colleagues decided to slow down and dig deep. Frustrated with tight rehearsal schedules and a never-quite-satisfied urge to explore further, these award-winning musicians aligned themselves with a mission to perform, promote, record, and commission great chamber music at the highest level. Marked by their powerful sound and profound unity of expression, many performances by the San Francisco-based group feature dynamic instrumentation, as the ensemble expands and contracts with repertoire for duo, trio, quartet and beyond. The musicians of TAP each have varied and busy performing careers, having performed on the stages of Alice Tully Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Davies Symphony Hall, the New York City Center, and through the airwaves of WNYC, WHYY, WQXR, WFMT Chicago, and KALW. Committed to promoting the work of living composers, all members have premiered, presented, and/or commissioned new music.