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].
American Bach Soloists (ABS) are leading performers in the field of Baroque music, dedicated to historically informed performances of Bach and his contemporaries. ABS provides meaningful, memorable, and valuable musical experiences for our audiences through inspiring performances and recordings, and it supports the preservation of early music through educational programs for students and emerging professionals.
American Canyon Singers is a Parks and Recreation sponsored adult chorus open to ages 16 and older. We perform a wide variety of choral repertoire from early renaissance, baroque and classical styles, to international and contemporary works, including jazz, musical theater, sacred and popular songs. Instruction is provided in healthy vocal technique, ear training, music theory, music reading, sight singing and public performance. No auditions are required; only a positive attitude and the ability to carry a tune.
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.
American Conservatory Theater nurtures the art of live theater through dynamic productions, intensive actor training in its conservatory, and an ongoing dialogue with its community. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Carey Perloff and Executive Director Heather Kitchen, A.C.T. embraces its responsibility to conserve, renew, and reinvent the rich theatrical traditions that are our collective legacy, while exploring new artistic forms and new communities. A commitment to the highest standards informs every aspect of A.C.T.'s creative work.
Founded by David Kushner, Fernando Laires, and Charles Lee, the American Liszt Society was incorporated in 1964. The purpose of the Society is to promote scholarship and general understanding of the full creative and historical significance of Franz Liszt on the education and development of both the composition and performance of music throughout the Western World. Each year ALS festivals have presented member talent and outstanding guests celebrating Liszt, his influence, and his ideals.
AMOC is an opera company on a new model. Led by Artistic Directors Matthew Aucoin and Zack Winokur, the company serves as the artistic home for seventeen of the most exciting singers, dancers, and instrumentalists of the rising generation. AMOC’s artists are committed to reimagining what it means to make opera in the twenty-first century: unlike a typical opera company, which features a constantly-changing roster of artists in one particular theater, AMOC focuses on deep, long-term artistic relationships among its core members. The company’s goal is to create a body of new, discipline-colliding music-theater works, conceived, developed, and performed by our artists.
AROW perform early works on the entire family of recorders from sopranino to contrabass. The repertoire includes work not originally set for recorder.
The Amethyst Quartet is nationally renowned and admired for performances characterized by beauty of sound, clarity of melodic line, and unity of purpose. Celebrated for its performances of works by composers ranging from Bach and Handel, to contemporary composers such as Ligeti, Maslanka, and Xenakis, Amethyst has become recognized as one of the premiere American saxophone quartets. Amethyst Quartet stands alone in the history of saxophone quartets in the US with an unparalleled list of achievements. During their 2008 season, the founding members of the Amethyst Quartet swept the nations most prestigious chamber music competitions, winning first prizes at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, and the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition (MTNA). Amethyst also received Honorable Mention (2nd prize) at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition during their inaugural 2006-2007 season. Quartet Members: Sean Hurlburt Masahito Sugihara Nathan Nabb Johnny Salinas