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

19 Broadway Bar and Night Club

Artistic Director: Makaela Susnow
Where to hear them: 17 Broadway Boulevard, Fairfax

405 Shrader

Founded: November 2011
Artistic Director: Victor Milenski
Where to hear them: 405 Shrader, San Francisco

42nd Street Moon

Founded: 1992
Artistic Director: Greg McKellan
Where to hear them: Eureka Theatre

Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose

Founded: 1980
Artistic Director: Mythili Kumar, Artistic Director
Where to hear them:

Absolute Music at the Friedman Center

Founded: 2004
Where to hear them: Friedman Center in Santa Rosa

Adorno Ensemble

Adorno Ensemble combines a commitment to fostering the creation and presentation of new music through performances in galleries, via online radio and podcasts, and its innovative and interdisciplinary approach to music appreciation, the Kandinsky Listening sessions.

Founded: 2004
Artistic Director: Cynthia Mei, violin, founder and artistic director
Where to hear them: Online and in galleries around San Francisco

Afiara String Quartet

Afiara places a keen interest on music of the 18th and 19th centuries, though it plays music from Haydn to yesterday's ink.

Founded: 2006
Artistic Director: None
Where to hear them: Venues throughout the San Francisco Bay Area

Agave Baroque

Founded: 2007
Artistic Director: Shirley Hunt & Aaron Westman
Where to hear them: San Francisco & Berkeley

Alameda Civic Ballet

"Our mission is to create and present community accessible ballet performances while educating and engaging the community in the performing arts. Alameda Ballet Academy and its affiliate performing company, Alameda Civic Ballet, were founded in 2003 by the Artistic Director, Abra Rudisill. Both the school and company were created to impart the best elements of the classical ballet tradition to local dance students and the surrounding community of the East Bay. In her lessons and leadership, Rudisill draws upon her 20 years of experience as a Prima Ballerina and Ballet Mistress with Oakland Ballet, and she seeks to carry on her artistic lineage through the education of Bay Area youth. Alameda Civic Ballet was founded in February 2003 and achieved non-profit 501(c)(3) status as a charitable organization in November of 2004. The goal of the company is to create and present quality community accessible ballet performances, while providing young dancers with valuable experience performing alongside professional dancers.

Founded: 2003
Artistic Director: Abra Rudisill
Where to hear them: Kofman Theater - 2200 Central Avenue, Alameda, California

Alameda String Academy

Founded: 2013
Artistic Director: Erica Ward
Where to hear them: Alameda, CA

Albany Chamber Orchestra

This long-running community orchestra is composed of strings, winds, brass, and percussion, and plays music from the Baroque to the 21st century. To learn more, please call: (415) 883-4959.

Founded: 1975
Artistic Director: Teresa Colyer
Where to hear them: Concerts 3x per year, usually at Albany High School

Albany Consort

The group is focused on the period 1550 - 1750, with occasional forays into earlier and later centuries.

Founded: 1974 (in London, established in San Francisco in 1981)
Artistic Director: Jonathan Salzedo
Where to hear them: Venues in Berkeley and San Francisco