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].

Bay Choral Guild

The Bay Choral Guild is a 40-voice, auditioned chorus based in Palo Alto with singers from around the Bay Area. BCG's outstanding musical ensemble and rich repertoire are the foundation for innovative programs that bring works together in new and unusual ways. Our concerts offer both audiences and singers the opportunity to enjoy fresh and exciting choral music experiences, and balance enjoyment of the music with new insight and understanding. BCG rehearses in Palo Alto on Monday evenings at 7:30pm from September through June. We perform three times a year in Palo Alto, San Francisco and Campbell.

Founded: 1979 (as the Baroque Choral Guild)
Artistic Director: Sanford Dole
Where to hear them: Various locations in San Francisco and the Peninsula

Bay Pointe Ballet

Founded: 2013
Artistic Director: Bruce Steivel
Where to hear them: San Mateo Performing Arts Center

Bay Shore Lyric Opera Company

Founded: 1996
Artistic Director: Jenny Studley
Where to hear them: Saratoga Civic Theater

Bay View Opera House

Serve as the focal point for Art and Culture in the Bayview Hunters Point Community by providing accessible, diverse, and high - quality arts education, cultural programs and community events in a safe environment.

Founded: 1888
Where to hear them: 4705 Third St., San Francisco, CA 94124


Bayer Ballet Company

Founded: 2010
Artistic Director: Inna Bayer
Where to hear them: Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

BBC Proms

The BBC Proms is a classical music festival held every summer at the Royal Albert Hall in London, and in recent years has explored new venue spaces through the innovative “Proms at ...” series of events. Its aim is to bring the best in classical music to the widest possible audience, which remains true to founder-conductor Henry Wood's original vision in 1895. The BBC took over the Proms in 1927 and began broadcasting the concerts with the aim of "truly democratising the message of the music, and making its beneficent effect universal." 

“Proms” is short for promenade concerts — informal and inexpensive concerts with an opportunity for promenaders (“prommers”) to stand and listen.

Listeners can stream performances from the Proms online.

Founded: 1895

Bear Valley Music Festival

Artistic Director: Michael Morgan
Where to hear them: Bear Valley/Sacramento area

Beatitude Mass Choir and Ensemble

As part of his continuing commitment to social justice and the plight of the homeless, local composer Henry Mollicone will conduct two performances of his Beatitude Mass. Both concerts are free; donations will be gratefully accepted, and all proceeds will be directed to local organizations that provide support and services to the homeless in our communities.

Founded: July 2018
Artistic Director: Henry Mollicone
Where to hear them: Rehearsals are at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Saratoga, CA

Bel Canto Holiday Concert

Founded: 2015
Artistic Director: Ted von Pohle
Where to hear them: Friday, Dec. 18 - 7:30 p.m. - Saint Mary's Episcopal Church, 1917 3rd Street, Napa Sunday, Dec. 20 - 2:00 p.m. - Mount La Salle Chapel, 4405 Redwood Rd, Napa Advance tickets: $20 online at "get tickets" page through PayPal. Tickets at the door: $25.00

Bel Canto Napa Valley

Artistic Director: Ted Von Pohle

Bella Musica Chorus

Artistic Director: Bobby Chastain
Where to hear them: Northbrae Church, Berkeley and other venues

BELLA Piano Trio

Founded: 2010
Artistic Director: Nathanael Bartley, Eric Gaenslen, Mimi Lee
Where to hear them: SF Bay Area