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].
Berkeley Opera is known for presenting opera works as musical theater, fusing music and drama to showcase emerging artists. Productions are in original language with super-titles or in English and ticket prices are kept affordable.
The West Valley Masterworks Chorale is a college-based, community ensemble serving the San Jose area. The mission of the chorale is to perform great works of the choral repertoire in an eclectic and entertaining manner. This auditioned, mid-sized ensemble, founded by the late Fred Gandel, frequently performs major works with The Winchester Orchestra of San Jose under the direction of Henry Mollicone.
Named “The Best Classical Music Ensemble of 2018” by The New York Times, the Wet Ink Ensemble is a collective of composers, performers and improvisers dedicated to adventurous musicmaking. Wet Ink is proud to celebrate 20 years of adventurous music-making in NYC and around the world with the 2018-19 concert season. The 20th Anniversary Season highlights the ethos of innovation through collaboration that has guided the work of Wet Ink throughout the ensemble’s history, celebrating the music and the unique performance practice developed in the “band” atmosphere of Wet Ink’s core septet of composer-performers, and presenting exciting new projects with emerging and underrepresented artists and longtime collaborators.
Read more at the Wet Ink website.
The group plays brass and wind music from 16th and 17th century Europe
Wild Up is a collective of artists who work together at the vanguard of classical music. Wild Up is a laboratory for experimenting with the future of sound. It’s an ethos about what a concert should feel like, how music should function in our lives, and how music can bring us together. To us, the name Wild Up means: the thoughtful, unabashed, hearts open, eyes up feeling that connects us when we make and listen to music.
"The little orchesra that could" said Richard Scheinin, of the San Jose Mercury News, referring to the quality of soloists the orchestra consistently presents.