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 Living Earth Show

The Living Earth Show (guitarist Travis Andrews and percussionist Andy Meyerson) is a megaphone and canvas for some of the world’s most progressive artists. One of the premiere contemporary chamber arts ensembles in the United States, The Living Earth Show received the grand prize in the SAVVY Chamber Arts Competition and runner-up in the open division of the M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, has commissioned and premiered over 60 new works by some of the most vital composers in the world, released three critically acclaimed albums, and has performed, lectured, and given masterclasses across the country.

Founded: 2010
Artistic Director: Andy Meyerson and Travis Andrews

The McEvoy Foundation for the Arts

The McEvoy Foundation for the Arts (MFA) is a new San Francisco non-profit that presents exhibitions and public programs that engage, expand, and challenge themes present in the McEvoy Family Collection.

The Meanderthals Theatre Company

Artistic Director: Sydney Schwindt
Where to hear them: The Flight Deck Theatre

The Melanthium Ensemble

Contemporary Classical Fusion Music

Founded: 2014
Artistic Director: Lewis Richmond

The Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers

The Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers have been entertaining and amusing audiences in the Bay area for over 30 years, and have appeared on local television and radio programs. A truly unique caroling group, The Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers are professional singers, members of the San Francisco Opera Chorus, and featured artists from other opera and theatre companies throughout the greater Bay Area. Costumed in Dickensian attire, The Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers perform new and unique arrangements of carols and songs, as well as the beloved and familiar traditional carols. The quartet is accompanied by the merry sounds of sleigh bells, finger cymbals, tambourines and kazoos.

Artistic Director: Ellen Shea

The Merry Nibelungs

Comic, satirical opera and operetta

Founded: 1989
Artistic Director: Ross Halper
Where to hear them: June 2018

The Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera is a vibrant home for the most creative and talented singers, conductors, composers, musicians, stage directors, designers, visual artists, choreographers, and dancers from around the world.

Founded: 1883

The Moonrisers Theater Productions

Artistic Director: Christopher Magee

The Music Center

As L.A.’s performing arts destination, The Music Center is L.A.’s home to the world’s greatest artistic programs and events.  With four iconic theaters and four renowned resident companies – Center Theatre Group, the LA Master Chorale, the LA Opera and the LA Philharmonic – and recognized for its illustrious dance programming, Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center, The Music Center is a destination where audiences find inspiration in the very best of live performance, as well as nationally recognized arts education and free and low-cost arts engagement experiences.  With The Music Center On Location, the non-profit performing arts organization brings events and activities to locations outside of its Downtown Los Angeles campus.  The Music Center also programs and manages Grand Park, a 12-acre adjacent greenspace, with year-round free programming.  For more information, visit musiccenter.org.  Follow The Music Center on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat (@MusicCenterLA). 

The New Arts Foundation

Artistic Director: Nancy Karp

The Oberlin Trio

The Oberlin Trio is an ensemble composed of Oberlin faculty members Haewon Song, piano, David Bowlin, violin, and Amir Eldan, cello.

The Old World Carolers

Founded: 1985
Artistic Director: Rebecca Dwan
Where to hear them: Sonoma County, CA

The Open String

The Open String (TOS) is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization that fulfills a unique need: it supports musicians in need by lending or donating stringed instruments that sound great, stay in tune, play easily, and look good - the much needed tools for teachers and students to succeed in the growing music education movement.

Founded: 2014

The Open String

Founded in 2014 by master violinmaker and Executive Director Robert Brewer Young, Designer and Director of Development Lucien Jamey and Managing Director Elfin Vogel, The Open String builds on over twenty years of charitable work by Young. Today, the organization supplies the frontline of the burgeoning music education movement with the tools its students and teachers need to succeed – durable instruments that sound good and stay in tune. In 2015 The Open String partnered with four free music programs to deliver nearly 90 violins, violas and cellos to students in need. Together these programs assist approximately 300 children in underserved communities around the Bay Area. Based on the El Sistema model of music education, these programs aim to inspire youth to achieve excellence in all facets of their lives through the study and performance of music. The Open String’s partners in 2015 and 2016 include Enriching Lives through Music in San Rafael, The Alameda Music Project in Alameda, Music Team in South San Francisco and Music Mission in San Francisco.

Founded: 2014

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