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].

Waffle Opera

Founded: 2011
Artistic Director: Ben Malkevitch
Where to hear them: Music Szalon at Salle Pianos and First Congregational Church of San Francisco

Wagner By The Bay

Founded: 2009
Artistic Director: Michel Singher

Wagner Society of Northern California

Founded: 1965
Artistic Director: Terri Stuart

Wake the Dead

WAKE THE DEAD, The Bay Area's own Celtic All-Star Summer of Love party band, is returning to Alameda to play the Rhythmix Cultural Works on Friday, April 12th, dishing up a raft of sizzling new material from their most recent 4th CD, "Deal".   This hot sextet combines Irish jigs and reels with the songs of the Grateful Dead and other '60s iconic bands, delivering them with unique power and joy.  Soaring vocal harmonies and daring instrumentals fuel Wake the Dead's singular groove engine, delighting Celtoids and Deadheads alike.

With 19 years of ever-wider success and touring, the World's First Celtic All-Star Grateful Dead Jam Band has grown to embrace the entire Summer of Love. The Airplane, the Youngbloods, Buffalo Springfield, and even the Beatles are now joyful pasrts of the mix.  Local fans are guaranteed many brand-new surprises.

Wake the Dead is Danny Carnahan (vocals, octave mandolin), Sylvia Herold (vocals, guitar), Paul Kotapish (vocals, mandolin), Kevin Carr (uilleann pipes, fiddle), Cindy Browne (bass) & Brian Rice (exotic percussion).  Their sound is unique, their energy extraordinarya rare collision of worlds that leaves everybody dancing & grinning.

Founded: 1999

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

The Wallis has produced or presented more than 150 dance, theatre, opera, classical music and family programs to an ever-expanding audience. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Paul Crewes and Managing Director Rachel Fine, The Wallis brings audiences world-class theater, dance and music, performed by many of the world's most talented and sought-after artists. Featuring eclectic programming that mirrors the diverse landscape of Los Angeles and its notability as the entertainment capital of the world, The Wallis offers original and revered works from across the U.S. and around the globe.

Founded: 2013
Artistic Director: Paul Crewes

Walnut Creek Concert Band

Founded: 1987
Artistic Director: Harvey Benstein
Where to hear them: Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek Guitar Series

Founded: 2012
Artistic Director: Larry Aynesmith
Where to hear them: Lesher Center For The Arts, Walnut Creek, CA

Walnut Creek Home Concerts

Contact Mark Rubenstein at [email protected] or 925-932-6650

Artistic Director: Mark M. Rubenstein, M.D.
Where to hear them: 147 Los Altos Avenue, Walnut Creek, CA 94598


wasteLAnd is a Los Angeles-based concert series featuring avant-garde and experimental music, focusing on local performers and living composers. With an emphasis on recent and under-performed compositions, wasteLAnd is committed to expanding cultural offerings of the LA community and strives to build long-term relationships with contemporary music enthusiasts and newcomers alike. wasteLAnd concerts are an experience of unique curation, dedication, and quality—a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere in which listeners encounter engaging programs and tenacious performances.

Wellness Through the Arts Sacramento

Music performance

Founded: 2015
Artistic Director: Open

West Bay Community Band

Community band of about 60 volunteer musicians performing all genres of music at performances in the community throughout the Peninsula and Bay Area.

Founded: 1990
Artistic Director: Erinn Washburn

West Bay Opera

West Bay Opera produces three productions per season, one each in October, February, and May. The repertoire includes standard popular works, lesser-known operas and operettas, and occasionally operas by modern composers

Founded: 1955 (as the Little Opera Guild)
Artistic Director: Jos
Where to hear them: Lucie Stern Community Theatre in Palo Alto

West County Winds

The West County Winds is an adult community wind ensemble sponsored by Contra Costa College. West County Winds has been playing for audiences in the East Bay since its founding in 1985. WCW performs at the John and Jean Knox Center for the Performing Arts on the Contra Costa College campus.

Founded: 1985
Where to hear them: El Cerrito Perfroming Arts Center