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].

Terrance Kelly Ensemble

Artistic Director: Terrance Kelly

Tertulia Chamber Music

Founded: 2011
Artistic Director: James Austin Smith
Where to hear them: New York -- San Francisco

The Arts at St. Bede's

Present a wide variety of musical events in a church with stunning acoustics.

Founded: 1980's
Artistic Director: Katherine McKee
Where to hear them: St. Bede's Episcopal Church, Menlo Park

The Back Room

The Back Room welcomes all acoustically-based genres, including jazz, blues, folk, bluegrass, Americana, and more, and is an all-ages venue.

Founded: 2016

the Benicia Chamber Players

Chamber Music Performance

Artistic Director: Clif Foster
Where to hear them: the Benicia State Capitol Building, 155 West G Street, Benicia, CA

The Black Cedar Trio

Founded: 2011
Artistic Director: Kris Palmer
Where to hear them: Northern California

The California Conservatory of Guitar

Founded: 2010
Artistic Director: Robert Miller

The California Conservatory of Guitar

Artistic Director: Christopher Mallett and Robert Miller

The Calling All Choir

The Calling All Choir is a San Francisco community singing organization led by founder and artistic director, Mark Growden. Our mission is to provide San Francisco Bay Area communities with a self-selecting choral group that performs works that are moving, challenging, beautiful, and often fun. Now in its 11th season, our choir includes seasoned professionals and devoted amateurs. Members range in age from 8 to 80 plus and readily share with each other the fun and experience for growing musically.

Founded: 2013
Artistic Director: Mark Growden
Where to hear them:

The Center for Literary Arts

The Center for Literary Arts (CLA) provides readings, lectures, conversations, and seminars that allow the San Jose community to interact with writers of contemporary literature who have demonstrated exceptional voice and vision. Its mission is to spread the influence of, and interest in, literature throughout the South Bay and to facilitate cross-cultural understanding in the region’s ethnically diverse population through the appreciation of works of literature. Since 1986 the CLA’s Major Authors Series has been the most significant literary series in the region, and has included five winners of the Nobel Prize, sixteen winners of the National Book Award and twenty-nine winners of the Pulitzer Prize. The Center for Literary Arts is funded entirely by grants and donations from individuals and foundations, and supported, in part, by a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San Jose and a Community Arts Fund grant from Arts Council Silicon Valley. Additional support is given by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation. The Center for Literary Arts is part of the College of Humanities and Arts at San Jose State University.

Founded: 1986
Artistic Director: Cathleen Miller
Where to hear them: Sign up for the CLA Mailing List at

The Choral Project

Founded: 1996
Artistic Director: Daniel Hughes
Where to hear them:

The Civic Symphony Association of San Francisco

Founded: 1931
Artistic Director: Mancho Gonzalez
Where to hear them: Sir Francis Drake Hotel Empire Ballroom and other venues