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].

Aether Piano Trio

Artistic Director: Bill Rudiak

Afiara String Quartet

Afiara places a keen interest on music of the 18th and 19th centuries, though it plays music from Haydn to yesterday's ink.

Founded: 2006
Artistic Director: None
Where to hear them: Venues throughout the San Francisco Bay Area

African American Composer Initiative

The African American Composer Initiative (AACI) presents the works of living and historical African American composers in concert, shares video of these live concerts online, and commissions new compositions. 

AfterGlow Chorus

AfterGlow Chorus is a new, auditioned summer chamber choir based in Oakland focused on performing beautiful choral works with the highest, possible level of musicianship. Musical genres performed by the chorus include Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century, 21st Century, pop, rock, and jazz. Both a cappella (traditional and contemporary) works as well as accompanied pieces are performed. AfterGlow's singers are highly-skilled, experienced singers, many of whom have formal conservatory training or significant choral experience.

Founded: 2019
Artistic Director: Arnold Lee

Agave Baroque

Fun and virtuosic baroque string chamber music. Engaging, informative concerts.

Founded: 2008
Artistic Director: Aaron Westman/Henry Lebedinsky
Where to hear them: California Jazz Conservatory, ATTUNED: a non-concert series


Abigail Hosein Dance Company

Founded: 2002

Ahn Trio

Hailed as "exacting and exciting musicians" by the LA Times, the three sisters of the Ahn Trio (Lucia on the piano, Angella on the violin, and Maria on the cello) have earned a distinguished reputation for embracing 21st century classical music with their unique style and innovative collaborations. In 2011, President Obama invited the Ahn Trio to perform at the White House for a State Dinner honoring South Korea. 

Ai Goldsmith

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Of flutist Ai Goldsmith, Fanfare Magazine’s Dave Saeman writes “Ai Goldsmith is a fine, distinguished flutist. …Goldsmith’s tone and articulation are world class.” Jerry Dubins describes Ai’s music making as “suave elegance of execution” and “sophisticated style of music-making”.    Noted for her purity of tone, charming stage presence, and captivating interpretation, Ms. Goldsmith performs as soloist and chamber musician across the US as well as in Japan, Canada and the UK.

Alameda Civic Ballet

"Our mission is to create and present community accessible ballet performances while educating and engaging the community in the performing arts. Alameda Ballet Academy and its affiliate performing company, Alameda Civic Ballet, were founded in 2003 by the Artistic Director, Abra Rudisill. Both the school and company were created to impart the best elements of the classical ballet tradition to local dance students and the surrounding community of the East Bay. In her lessons and leadership, Rudisill draws upon her 20 years of experience as a Prima Ballerina and Ballet Mistress with Oakland Ballet, and she seeks to carry on her artistic lineage through the education of Bay Area youth. Alameda Civic Ballet was founded in February 2003 and achieved non-profit 501(c)(3) status as a charitable organization in November of 2004. The goal of the company is to create and present quality community accessible ballet performances, while providing young dancers with valuable experience performing alongside professional dancers.

Founded: 2003
Artistic Director: Abra Rudisill
Where to hear them: Kofman Theater - 2200 Central Avenue, Alameda, California

Alameda School of Music

Artistic Director: Barry Solomon

Alameda String Academy

Founded: 2013
Artistic Director: Erica Ward
Where to hear them: Alameda, CA

Albany Chamber Orchestra

This long-running community orchestra is composed of strings, winds, brass, and percussion, and plays music from the Baroque to the 21st century. To learn more, please call: (415) 883-4959.

Founded: 1975
Artistic Director: Teresa Colyer
Where to hear them: Concerts 3x per year, usually at Albany High School

Albany Consort

The group is focused on the period 1550 - 1750, with occasional forays into earlier and later centuries.

Founded: 1974 (in London, established in San Francisco in 1981)
Artistic Director: Jonathan Salzedo
Where to hear them: Venues in Berkeley and San Francisco

Alden Trio

Founded: 2013
Artistic Director: Yuri Kye, Brady Anderson, Jon Lee
Where to hear them: San Francisco Bay Area