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 Opera Lounge

Founded: 2015
Artistic Director: Adina Dorband and Rachel Warner

The Pacific Choir

The group was initially interested in A Cappella from Renaissance and Baroque era but the repertoire has soon expanded to include a variety of choral works of Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary period.

Founded: 2010
Artistic Director: Hyunjung Choi
Where to hear them:

The Philharmonic Kitchen

Food and Music events

Founded: 2016
Artistic Director: Karsten Windt, Ivy Zenobi

the pickPocket Ensemble

“Inspired by many world musical traditions, the pickPocket ensemble inhabit a country all their own. Original and fresh, the pickPocket ensemble create a contemporary chamber café music that moves both body and soul. “To listen to the pickPocket ensemble is to embark on a journey. Speak to audience members after a performance: one will have been to Bogota, one to Prague, one to Paris. Yet for all its wide-ranging inspirations, the pickPocket ensemble’s music remains intensely personal and immediately engaging, an invitation to listen in on an intimate conversation.”

Founded: 1990
Artistic Director: Rick Corrigan
Where to hear them: All around the Bay

The Piedmont Center For The Arts

Full Theatre Season; Berkeley Symphony Chamber Concerts; Thursday Jazz Nights; Piedmont Chamber Music Festival; Dance; Classical music concerts of all sorts

Founded: March 11, 2011
Artistic Director: Various

The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University

Founded: 1954
Artistic Director: Steve Dickison
Where to hear them: San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco, CA 94132

The Really Terrible String Orchestra of SF Bay

Amateur Adult String Players reluctantly perform on occasion

Founded: 2009
Artistic Director: Anonymous
Where to hear them: East Bay varied venues

The Redwood Mountain Faire

Produce a wonderful music and arts community event.

Founded: 2010
Artistic Director: Violet Smith
Where to hear them:

The Rose Ensemble

Founded: 1996
Artistic Director: Jordan Sramek
Where to hear them:

The San Francisco Early Music Society

The quartet focuses on French and German music of the Baroque era.

Founded: 1979
Artistic Director: None
Where to hear them: Festivals around the Bay Area.

The San Francisco Waltzing Society

Founded: 1956
Artistic Director: Gail Enright
Where to hear them: Annual Waltz Balls with the Saratoga Symphony

The Santa Cruz Chorale

Artistic Director: Christian Grube

The Santa Margherita String Quartet

Founded: 2011
Artistic Director: Clif Foster
Where to hear them: Solano County

The Soraya

The Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts has quickly become one of the cultural jewels of the greater Los Angeles region. Under the leadership of Executive Director Thor Steingraber, The Soraya continues to expand its programming and outstanding multidisciplinary performances.  The mission of The Soraya is to present a wide variety of performances that not only includes new and original work from the Los Angeles region but also work from around the world that appeal to all of LA’s rich and diverse communities.

Located on the campus of California State University, Northridge, The Soraya’s season offers a vibrant performance program of nearly 50 classical and popular music, dance, theater, family, and international events that will serve to establish The Soraya as the intellectual and cultural heart of the San Fernando Valley, and further establish itself as one of the top arts companies in Southern California. The award-winning, 1,700-seat theatre was designed by HGA Architects and Engineers and was recently cited by the Los Angeles Times as “a growing hub for live music, dance, drama and other cultural events.”