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 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.
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.
The Alumni Chorus performs classic chorale repertoire often alongside UC student choral groups.
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.
The University offers a comprehensive program of bachelor and graduate programs in all areas of music education.
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
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