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].
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.
American Composers Orchestra (ACO) is dedicated to the creation, celebration, performance, and promotion of orchestral music by American composers. With commitment to diversity, disruption and discovery, ACO produces concerts, K-12 education programs and emerging composer development programs to foster a community of creators, audience, performers, collaborators, and funders.
Awesöme Orchestra is the Bay Area's adventure-seeking orchestra, playing everything from Stravinsky to Star Wars. They hold drop-in reading sessions for musicians and special events for everyone!
BARS provides a safe and inclusive environment for musicians of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. BARS makes cultural, social, and educational contributions to the San Francisco Bay Area by performing ambitious repertoire.
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Berkeley Symphony has established a reputation for presenting major new works for orchestra alongside fresh interpretations of the classical European repertoire. Under Music Director Joana Carneiro, it performs four mainstage concerts a year in Zellerbach Hall, presents a four concert Berkeley Symphony & Friends Chamber Series at the Piedmont Center for the Arts, and provides comprehensive, age-appropriate music curriculum to Berkeley elementary students each year through its Music in the Schools program.
California Sound Collective is a new kind of musical organization whose mission is to provide unique ways for musicians at various levels to perform and enjoy both classical and non-classical music together, and to introduce the Collective’s music to a wider audience.