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].

Young People's Symphony Orchestra

Our mission is to guide young musicians to achieve excellence within an orchestral setting. We provide an educational environment that fosters accomplishment, serves as a cultural resource for the community, and builds future audience by instilling a passion for music. We encourage young people to become exemplary musicians, and young musicians to become exemplary people.

Founded: 1936
Artistic Director: David Ramadanoff
Where to hear them: Berkeley and East Bay

Young People's Teen Musical Theater Company

The Company offers students instruction in drama, voice, acting workshop and dance during the school year, a summer workshop, and stages three major productions a year as well as community service performances. It is a free program sponsored by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, and supported by Friends of the Company (FOTC).

Founded: 1984
Artistic Director: Diane Price
Where to hear them: Randall Museum, San Francisco

Young Voices of Melbourne

Founded: 1990
Artistic Director: Mark O'Leary
Where to hear them:

Young Women's Choral Projects of San Francisco

The Young Women’s Choral Projects of San Francisco transforms the lives of young women through exceptional artistry in choral performance, and brings the expressive power of their music to the community, the nation, and the world. Through YWCP, young women ages 7-18 from richly diverse socio-ethnic backgrounds find their voices as singers, artists and women in a nurturing environment that empowers them to achieve artistic and personal excellence. YWCP offers three levels of choral experience, each with its own curriculum and musical objectives: Prelude Chorus (beginning level), Allegro Chorus (intermediate level) and Young Women's Chorus (advanced level). All YWCP ensembles teach young women the joy of performing, and instill in each singer important life benefits such as confidence, focus, self-discipline, problem solving, responsibility and compassion.

Founded: 2011
Artistic Director: Dr. Susan McMane
Where to hear them: Stay tuned

Youth Music Of Monterey County

Junior and Honors Orchestra featuring 3 annual concerts with guest soloists and soloist competition winners performing classical music of all levels.

Artistic Director: Farkhad Khudyev

Youth Music Society (SF)

Founded: 2010
Artistic Director: SF SOTA Students
Where to hear them: Various Locations

Youth Musical Theater Company

Founded: 2004
Artistic Director: Jennifer Boesing

Youth Speaks

Through the intersection of arts education and youth development practices, civic engagement strategies, and high quality artistic presentation, Youth Speaks creates safe spaces that challenge young people to find, develop, publicly present, and apply their voices as creators of positive societal change.

Founded: 1996

Yuletide Carolers

The Yuletide Carolers are committed to producing the highest quality a cappella entertainment, by utilizing professional designers, directors, and artists who believe in the yuletide spirit and the magic of song. The professional artists that comprise The Yuletide Carolers have performed in numerous venues throughout the country including Broadway, The Metropolitan Opera House, and International Touring Companies. As the holiday season unfolds, we bring these finely crafted voices together to put a song in the hearts of all who gather.

Artistic Director: Vali Reed

Zaccho Dance Theater

Artistic Director: Joanna Haigood

Zarzuela at Jarvis Conservatory

Utilizing a grant from the Jarvis family the Conservatory provides training and support for artists. The Conservatory is dedicated to serious art forms not often available in other places, and at the same time, art forms relating to the large Hispanic community of Napa.

Founded: 1995
Artistic Director: William Jarvis
Where to hear them: The Jarvis Conservatory

ZER01: The Art and Technology Network

Founded: 2000
Artistic Director: Steve Dietz

Zero to 232 Free Bach

preform the music of Johann Sebastian Bach

Founded: 2016
Artistic Director: David Rapoport
Where to hear them: Freight & Salvage Berkeley CA 8/11/17

ZGZG Chinese Community

The 2018 Bay Area “ZaiGeZaiGu” Chinese New Year Gala continues the tradition, established in 2014, of holding a yearly Chinese New Year celebration at Google. The event will be organized and held by employees of various Silicon Valley tech companies, and will involve over one thousand people. “ZaiGeZaiGu” is Chinese for “Singing in the Valley.”

Founded: 2014