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 Sound Room

The Sound Room is the home of Bay Area Jazz and Arts, Inc (BAJA). BAJA is a nonprofit organization that nurtures music, art, and creative ventures through live performance and educational programs.

The Wagner Society of Northern California

Founded: Incorporated 1985
Artistic Director: Terri Stuart, President
Where to hear them: JCC-SF (Meeting Venue) 3200 California Street San Francisco, CA

The Welcome Strangers

Guitar, Bass, Drums and vocal harmonies

Founded: reunited 2014
Artistic Director: all
Where to hear them: CA and beyond

The Yale Whiffenpoofs

A cappella college choir

Founded: 1909
Where to hear them: On national tours or at Yale University

Theater on Wheels

Artistic Director: Marcia Trimble - Simon Buret de Longagne

Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco

Founded: 1966
Artistic Director: Carola Zertuche
Where to hear them: Master musicians perform live with Theatre Flamenco's professional dancers.

Theatre of Yugen

Founded in 1978 by Yuriko Doi, Theatre of Yugen is an experimental ensemble dedicated to the pursuit of the intangible essence of yugen (幽玄)—yu (“profound” and “tranquil”) and gen (“mysterious”). With a foundation in Japanese noh drama and kyogen satire—the world’s oldest living style of theatre (over 600 years old)—Yugen creates works of world theatre by crafting original material and exploring dramatic and literary classics.

Founded: 1978

Theatre Rhinoceros

Theatre Rhinoceros develops and produces works of theatre that enlighten, enrich, and explore both the ordinary and extraordinary aspects of our queer community.

Founded: 1977
Artistic Director: John Fisher
Where to hear them: Theatre Rhinoceros


Founded: 1970
Artistic Director: Robert Kelley


Founded: 1997
Artistic Director: Edward Schocker
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