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].

Art of Sound Summer Brass Institute and Festival

Founded: 2003
Artistic Director: Vicky Greenbaum
Where to hear them: Menlo School Arts Gallery, Atherton, and All Saints Church Palo Alto

Art | Song Salon

Founded: 2014
Where to hear them:

Artemesia Ensemble

Founded: 2010
Artistic Director: Maia Silberstein/Katherine Heater
Where to hear them: Berkeley Piano Club, Davis Community Church

Artisanal Music Collective

Artistic Director: Kyle Randall

Artists from San Francisco Opera

Artists are among the best operatic performers in the nation.

Founded: 2017
Artistic Director: Colby Roberts
Where to hear them: All Saints' Episcopal Church, 1350 Waller Street, San Francisco

Artists Vocal Ensemble (AVE)

AVE is a small, professional ensemble that specializes in lesser-known works from the Renaissance and Tudor periods, presented in concerts that aim to have a musical and spiritual impact on their audience.

Founded: 2004
Artistic Director: Jonathan Dimmock
Where to hear them: Various churches throughout the Bay Area.

Artmann-Graber Duo

Cello/piano chamber music

Founded: 1983
Artistic Director: Mary Artman, Miles Graber
Where to hear them: Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts

Arts Under the Spire

Founded: 2014
Artistic Director: Cyril Deaconoff
Where to hear them: First Presbyterian Church, 2619 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612


Founded: 2002
Artistic Director: Josefa Vaughan
Where to hear them: Art events


Home to the Silicon Valley Music Festival

Founded: 2018
Where to hear them: Multiple venues

Arturo Rodriguez, Flutist-Performer


Founded: 2011
Artistic Director: ASAWA TASH
Where to hear them: itunes

Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center

Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center is a nationally recognized nonprofit music and culture venue that specializes in presenting live world and roots music. Ashkenaz brings people of all ages, cultures and lifestyles together with music and dance programs that include African, Balkan, Brazilian, Cajun/Zydeco, Carribbean, Middle Eastern, Reggae, American roots from Bluegrass to Swing, and more. Ashkenaz presents nightly live music, dance, and movement classes, workshops, programs for children, and benefit shows. Ashkenaz's Cafe is open during shows and serves mostly organic vegetarian fare, beer (bottled & draft), wine, and non-alcoholic beverages.

Where to hear them: 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley