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].

West Edge Opera

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.

Founded: 1979
Artistic Director: Jonathan Kuhner/Mark Streshinsky
Where to hear them: Performing Arts Theater at El Cerrito High School

West Valley College

Groups that perform at the college: West Valley College Concert Choir & Chamber Singers West Valley College Symphonic Band West Valley College Jazz Band West Valley College Theater

Artistic Director: Multiple

West Valley College Chamber Singers

Founded: 2005
Artistic Director: Lou De La Rosa
Where to hear them: Saratoga, CA

West Valley College Music Department

Founded: 1963
Artistic Director: Lou De La Rosa, Department Chair
Where to hear them: West Valley College Theater, 14000 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga, CA

West Valley Masterworks Chorale

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.

Founded: 1977
Artistic Director: Lou De La Rosa
Where to hear them: West Valley College Theater, 14000 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga

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Artistic Director: Diana Tucker
Where to hear them: Various venues throughout the South Bay

Western Ballet

Artistic Director: Alexi Zubiria

Wet Ink

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.

Whole Noyse

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The group plays brass and wind music from 16th and 17th century Europe

Founded: 1986
Artistic Director: Not specified
Where to hear them: Venues in Palo Alto, Berkeley and San Francisco

Wild Projects

Wild Projects collaborates with communities world wide through fearless art, film, and performance productions to inspire resiliency in the face of adversity.

Wild Rumpus

Founded: 2011
Artistic Director: Sophie Huet, Dan VanHassel, Jen Wang

Wild Up

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.

Willows Theatre Company

Musical Theatre

Founded: 1977
Artistic Director: Richard Elliott
Where to hear them: Campbell Theatre in downtown Martinez, CA

Winchester Orchestra of San Jose

"The little orchesra that could" said Richard Scheinin, of the San Jose Mercury News, referring to the quality of soloists the orchestra consistently presents.

Founded: 1999
Artistic Director: Henry Mollicone
Where to hear them: Trinity Cathedral, 81 N. 2nd St., San Jose, CA 95113

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