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].

Assisi String Quartet

Founded: 2011
Where to hear them: SF Bay Area

Association of California Symphony Orchestras

The Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO) is a nonprofit membership association providing leadership and services to classical music producers and presenters in California and the region encouraging and supporting their artistic, organizational, and fiscal development.

Founded: 1969

Assyrian Food Festival

Founded: 1980
Artistic Director: Assyrian Singer
Where to hear them: 680 Minnesota Ave. San Jose, CA 95125

Astraeus String Quartet

Presenting exciting works of the past and present in innovative spaces!

Founded: 2018

Auburn Symphony

Founded: 1987
Artistic Director: Michael Goodwin
Where to hear them: Auburn, California and Mondavi Center, Davis

Audio High

Artistic Director: Beethoven/ Robert Silverman
Where to hear them: Le Petit Trianon

Augustana Choir

Composed of music majors and non-majors alike, this inventive mixed choral ensemble explores choral music with improvisation, a wide array of literature and looking past the sheet music to find the deeper meaning and role of the music.

Founded: Established in 1931, the Augustana Choir is the premier choral ensemble at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. Augustana College was founded by Swedish settlers in 1860 and trumpets his heritage and roots in the liberal arts curriculum.
Artistic Director: Dr. Jon Hurty
Where to hear them: Since 1931, the Augustana Choir has performed throughout the nation and the world in churches and concert halls. Most recently, the ensemble toured Germany, Denmark and Sweden with one of the highlights being a concert in the Uppsala Cathedral. The choir has also performed in Chicago's Orchestra Hall, Carnegie Hall in New York City and several others.

Aurora Theatre Company

Artistic Director: Tom Ross

Avantica Academy of Odissi Dance

Shipra Avantica Mehrotra is recognized today as a leading Odissi dancer, choreographer, and educator. Shipra's technical virtuosity and evocative abhinaya showcase the innate lyricism and theatricality of traditional Odissi while she simultaneously revitalizes the dance form with her contemporary perspectives. This balanced approach has earned her the opportunity to perform at several prestigious events and dance festivals across the United States and India. The New York Times described Shipra's performance at the 2010 Erasing Borders dance festival as 'wholly poetic' and 'the truest revelation of dance itself.'

Founded: 2006
Artistic Director: Shipra Avantica Mehrotra
Where to hear them:

Avedis Chamber Music Series

Avedis is the only concert series in the United States dedicated exclusively to chamber music for flute.

Founded: 1985
Artistic Director: Alexandra Hawley
Where to hear them: Florence Gould Hall, Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco

Awesöme Orchestra Collective

Awesöme Orchestra Collective holds free, drop-in reading sessions that are open to all musicians. We play everything from Stravinsky to Star Wars, in fun spaces around the Bay Area. The rehearsal is the performance. There are no auditions – just sign up to play! Music sounds better when everybody is having a good time.

Founded: 2013
Artistic Director: David Möschler
Where to hear them: Unconventional spaces all over the Bay Area

Awesöme Orchestra Collective

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!

Founded: 2013
Artistic Director: David Möschler
Where to hear them: Awesöme Orchestra pops-up in fun places all over the bay.