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].

Vitamin Em

Vitamin Em puts a new spin on funk, jazz, R&B, Soul and fiddle music. This group of strings, accordion, bassoon and percussion gets DOWN! If you like to have fun, be exhilarated, enjoy life and love to groove, this band is for you. Vitamin Em artists: Matthew Szemela, violin; Philip Brezina, violin; Emily Onderdonk, viola; Michael Graham, cello; Dan Cantrell, accordion; Paul Hanson, bassoon.

Founded: 2017
Artistic Director: Emily Onderdonk
Where to hear them: Venues throughout the Bay Area

Viva la Musica

Concerts, tours

Founded: 2001
Artistic Director: Shulamit Hoffmann
Where to hear them: Peninsula

Viva la Musica!

Founded: 2001
Artistic Director: Shulamit Hoffmann
Where to hear them: Peninsula

Vivace Youth Chorus of San Jose

Vocal Art Ensemble

Founded: 2008
Artistic Director: Tracia Barbieri
Where to hear them: Davis, Sacramento


Founded: 2011
Artistic Director: Indre Viskontas

Voci Women's Vocal Ensemble

Voci is an East Bay choral ensemble for experienced choral singers performing early to contemporary music and championing works by and for women.

Founded: 1991
Artistic Director: Anne Hege
Where to hear them: Venues throughout the Bay Area

Voice Art Group

Ballet performances, live music concerts

Founded: 2011
Artistic Director: Sasha Horskaya
Where to hear them:

Voice-Over Class

Founded: SAV

Voices In Harmony

Artistic Director: Chris Hebert

Voices of Music

Voices of Music, directed by Hanneke van Proosdij and David Tayler, is hailed for their passion, artistry and technical brilliance.

With over twenty three million viewers worldwide, San Francisco's Voices of Music is the most popular Early Music ensemble in the United States and one of the most popular Classical Music ensembles in the world today. For the past nine years, Voices of Music has been building a digital library of music from their concerts. They currently have released 265 videos, as part of their digital library, which is free for anyone to view and is used in classes at high schools, colleges and universities across the world.

Featuring some of the best performers in Early Music, the ensemble is dedicated to the idea of the voices of the individual musicians in performance. Performances are one on a part, with an emphasis on combining both instrumental and vocal styles of interpretation and ornamentation.

In addition to the concert series in the San Francisco Bay Area, Voices of Music sponsors the Young Artist Program, which is specifically designed to work with the next generation of singers and instrumentalists; the Junior Recorder Society, for children from third through tenth grade, and the Barbary Coast Recorder Orchestra.

Artistic Director: Hanneke van Proosdij and David Tayler
Where to hear them: Venues throughout the Bay Area

Voices of Silicon Valley

Founded: 2014
Artistic Director: Dr. Cyril Deacanoff
Where to hear them: First United Methodist Church, downtown San Jose

Voices of Silicon Valley

About Voices of Silicon Valley: Founded in 2014 to lead the innovation in choral field, Voices of Silicon Valley is a vocal ensemble of highly skilled singers many of whom perform leading roles in various Bay Area opera companies. Our mission is to provide a new outlet for musical collaborations in the Silicon Valley Area, especially multi-media collaborations that make music more exciting and relevant to our audiences through the use of technology. Thus presenting traditional choral works in a new light, and we encourage local composers & artists to create new works for this special combination.

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Founded: 2014
Artistic Director: Dr. Cyril Deaconoff
Where to hear them: Soundcloud

Voices of the Valley

Voices of the Valley (VoV) was founded in November 1997, and made its debut performance at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum three months later. Under the music direction of Stephanie Chan, the regularly performing group delivers to the audience well-known choral favorites, and challenges them with rare and delightful works from baroque to contemporary with an international flair.

Founded: 1997
Artistic Director: Stephanie Chan
Where to hear them: Bay Area