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].

UC Alumni Chorus

The UC Alumni Chorus is a thriving 120-member ensemble, composed of UC Berkeley alumni, alumni of other UC campuses, and UC Berkeley faculty, staff and graduate students. We perform a wide variety of music, ranging from 16th-century chamber choral works to traditional folk music and 20th-century musical theater. The chorus is part of the University Choral Ensembles (UCCE) organization and is directed by Dr. Mark Sumner, UCCE Director. UCAC has an additional mission that distinguishes it from other Bay Area singing groups: It is committed to providing musical and financial support to the University of California Choral Ensembles (UCCE), a student-run umbrella organization comprised of several vocal groups on the Berkeley campus of which UCAC is one.

Founded: 1985
Artistic Director: Dr. Mark Sumner
Where to hear them: At Hertz Hall on the U.C. Berkeley campus, generally with fall and spring concerts.

UC Alumni Chorus

The UC Alumni Chorus is a thriving 100+ member ensemble, composed of Cal alumni, alumni of other UC campuses, and UC Berkeley faculty, staff and graduate students. We perform a wide variety of music, ranging from 16th century chamber choral works to traditional folk music, major choral works, and 20th century musical theater. The chorus is part of the University Choral Ensembles (UCCE) organization.

Founded: Founded in 1985
Artistic Director: Dr. Mark Sumner
Where to hear them: Our next performance is Wednesday, April 4th at Hertz Hall on the Berkeley Campus at 7:00. We have a few other events in April listed on our web site where we will participate.

UC Berkeley Alumni Chorus

ucchoral.berkeley.edu/ucchoral/alumni/

The Alumni Chorus performs classic chorale repertoire often alongside UC student choral groups.

Founded: 1985
Artistic Director: Mark Sumner
Where to hear them: Hertz Hall on the UC Berkeley Campus

UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus

music.berkeley.edu/chchorus.html

The premier choral group of UC Berkeley, the highly acclaimed 30-voice chorus is known for its reading of early works. They often perform with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.

Artistic Director: Marika Kuzma
Where to hear them: Hertz Hall on the UC Berkeley Campus

UC Berkeley Chamber Orchestra

Where to hear them: Hertz Hall, Department of Music, UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley Music Department

The University offers a comprehensive program of bachelor and graduate programs in all areas of music education.

Founded: University
Artistic Director: Bonnie Wade (Department Chair)
Where to hear them: Hertz Hall and other locations on the Berkeley campus

UC Berkeley Summer Chorus

Sponsored by the Department of Music, the UCB Summer Chorus is a fully student-run ensemble that rehearses between June through August, and gives a public performance in August in Hertz Hall. The UC Berkeley Summer Chorus is comprised of students from the university and members of the Berkeley and Bay Area community. The UC Berkeley Summer Chorus is led by a student conductor and accompanist. The experience provides a valuable learning opportunity for the student conductor and accompanist, giving them first-hand experience in preparing a concert program, rehearsing a chorus, and working with the administrative staff. In turn, the choristers have a chance to provide feedback while learning how to adapt to different conductors and styles, and increasing their knowledge of vocal technique and musicianship. https://sites.google.com/view/ucb-summer-chorus/home

Founded: 2018
Artistic Director: Sarah Ancheta, Student Conductor
Where to hear them: Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley Campus, Berkeley, California

UC Berkeley Summer Symphony

Artistic Director: Henry Shin, Hoh Chen, Gene Chang
Where to hear them: Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra

music.berkeley.edu/performance/ensemble/symphony.php

Founded: 1923
Artistic Director: David Milnes
Where to hear them: Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley Campus

UC Choral Ensembles

Founded: Over 100 years ago
Artistic Director: Mark Sumner
Where to hear them: UC Berkeley and some other off campus venues

UC Davis Music Department

The Department of Music at the University of California, Davis, offers Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees, with a curriculum based on a synthesis of music scholarship, performance, and composition. The department presents more than 100 events each year by a range of ensembles, as well as an annual artist-in-residence program and a weekly free concert series

Founded: University
Artistic Director: Anna Maria Busse Berger (Department Chair)
Where to hear them: The Mondavi Center for the Arts and other venues on the UC Davis campus

UC Santa Cruz

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