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].

Vaaks Arts

Artistic Director: Lynea Diaz-Hagan

Vajra Voices

Founded: 2010
Artistic Director: Karen R. Clark, contralto
Where to hear them: San Francisco Bay Area

Valhalla Productions

Wagner Ring operas

Founded: 2013
Artistic Director: Richard Bogart
Where to hear them: Palo Alto, CA; Diego Rivera Theater, San Francisco

Vallejo Choral Society

Vallejo Choral Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit performing arts organization whose mission is to foster a vibrant, diverse, and interactive choral community, educate our singers and audiences, and extend our reach to youth through our Campanelli Children's Choir.

Founded: 1917
Artistic Director: Derek Tam
Where to hear them: Vallejo and Benicia

Vallejo Community Arts Foundation

We present performances of classical, jazz, world music, country music as well as theatre and opera.

Founded: 2005
Artistic Director: Kevin Frazier
Where to hear them: Empress Theatre

Vallejo Shakespeare in the Park

Cate Regan-Muzaffar earned her BFA in Theatre with an emphasis in Acting from Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan. Shortly there after she transported her life to the great south-west. While in Prescott Arizona, she worked with the Prescott Fine Arts Association and the Arizona Shakespeare Company. In 2007 she embarked on a new adventure to the Bay Area, where she worked through the East Bay and San Francisco. Cate is eternally grateful to have found a creative home in Vallejo Shakespeare in the Park. In her mind there is nothing better than building a show, and moving it to the people.

Founded: Vallejo Shakespeare in the Park is an annual play festival, where residents of all ages and economic backgrounds can come together for free professional outdoor theater in Vallejo, Martinez and Oakland. Established in 2010 by Vallejo resident Dalia Vidor, Vallejo Shakespeare in the Park produces one free live Shakespearean production each summer presented in an outdoor setting. Our aim is to provide an inspiring and educational live theater experience for our audience through intensive preparation and high quality performance and broaden horizons and enrich the lives of local residents through a free classical outdoor theater performance. We also provide professional performance opportunities to Bay Area actors through non-traditional casting. Our casts are made up of multi-ethnic actors of various backgrounds and experience levels from around the Bay Area. Our productions reflect the community in which they are performed and help our audience connect to classical theater with exciting contemporary staging. Vallejo Shakespeare in the Park is fiscally sponsored by the Greater Vallejo Recreation District (GVRD). We believe the arts are an important part of the fabric of a community and we want to do our part to ensure a thriving arts environment and help raise the value of the arts as a public good. We present a “bare-bones” production, concentrating on the actor’s performances and honest storytelling, with minimal set and modern dress.
Artistic Director: Cate Regan-Muzaffar
Where to hear them: Our venues vary, but we perform in parks in Oakland, Martinez, and Vallejo. Please visit our website listed below for more information about our current venues.

Vallejo Symphony Orchestra

The Vallejo Symphony performs a three concert subscription season.

Founded: 1931
Artistic Director: Marc Taddei
Where to hear them: Empress Theatre, Vallejo

Valley Concert Chorale

Founded: 1963
Artistic Director: John Emory Bush
Where to hear them: Livermore-Pleasanton, Tri-Valley region

Valley of the Moon Chamber Ensemble

Founded: 2007
Artistic Director: Brian Sebastian
Where to hear them: Venues in the Sonoma Valley

Valley of the Moon Music Festival

Founded: 2014
Artistic Director: Eric Zivian and Tanya Tomkins
Where to hear them: Sonoma, CA

Valley Performing Arts Center

VPAC’s mission 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 appeals to all of L.A.’s rich and diverse communities.

Located on the campus of California State University, Northridge, VPAC’s season offers a vibrant and diverse performance program of nearly 50 classical and popular music, dance, theater, family and international events that will serve to establish VPAC 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.”

Valley Performing Arts Center

VPAC’s mission 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 appeals to all of L.A.’s rich and diverse communities.

Located on the campus of California State University, Northridge, VPAC’s season offers a vibrant and diverse performance program of nearly 50 classical and popular music, dance, theater, family and international events that will serve to establish VPAC 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.”

Valley Presbyterian Church choir

Artistic Director: Rafael Ornes
Where to hear them: Portola Valley CA

Van-Ahn Vo

Van-Ahn Vo is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist specializing in Vietnamese traditional music. 

Founded: 2010
Artistic Director: Vanessa Vo

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