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 ClimateMusic Project

The ClimateMusic Project’s mission is to educate, inspire, and enable diverse audiences to engage actively on climate change through the creation and performance of science-guided music that viscerally conveys the urgency of taking action.

Founded: 2015
Artistic Director: Stephan Crawford

The Cosmo Alleycats Band

Founded: 2010
Artistic Director: Noam Eisen
Where to hear them: Le Colonial Restaurant

The Curran

Built in 1922, the Curran has housed some of the biggest productions in theater history and has maintained a reputation over the course of its life as one of the premier live entertainment venues in North America. Now, almost a century after it welcomed its first Bay Area audiences, the Curran has just completed a major restoration and renovation.

Our goal has been to create a new kind of artistic hub here in San Francisco—one that engages new and existing audiences, and attracts the most visionary artists in the world, by presenting bold, daring work. The Curran continues to search the globe for the kind of works we’ve always dreamt would play this stage.

Founded: 1922

The Deep Tones

Deep Tones aim to reinvigorate the classical music scene by showcasing wind chamber music on the main stage. Deep Tones performs music from the woodwind duo, trio, quartet and quintet music repertoire ranging from traditional favorites to lesser known quintet music to newly commissioned work from underrepresented composers. It’s musicians are outstanding, young performers inspired by their shared commitment to connecting with a diverse group of listeners, creating opportunities for underrepresented composers and their love of chamber music.

Founded: June 2019
Where to hear them: Piedmont Center for the Arts

The Depot Chamber Music Series

Artistic Director: Robb Hunt
Where to hear them: The Depot, 214 Warm Springs Rd, Kenwood, CA 95452

The Destiny Muhammad Project

Compose and Produce Music and Music Theatric Presentations

Founded: 2000
Artistic Director: Destiny Muhammad
Where to hear them: Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts

The Distaff Singers

Non-Profit 501 (c) (3) Organization with an Annual Benefit Concert. Proceeds go to the Ida Altenbach Scholorship Fund for Music Education

Founded: 1937
Artistic Director: Tina Harrington
Where to hear them: Annual Benefit Concert in the Fall usually at Skyline High School, Rawley T. Farnsworth Theater

The Distinguished Artists Concert & Lecture Series

Concert Pianists and Chamber Music

Founded: 1985
Artistic Director: Dr. John Orlando
Where to hear them: Peace United Church Santa Cruz

The Elderberries Band


Founded: 2012
Where to hear them: The Starry Plough, McNally's, Schmidt's Pub

The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin Parish Choir

The Parish Choir is open to singers from high school through adulthood who read music or can learn it quickly. The Parish Choir sings at the 11:00 AM service and participates in several special services and concerts throughout the year.

Artistic Director: Chip Grant
Where to hear them: Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin