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].

Alva Sound Art Studio / The Story Orchestra

Founded: 1998
Artistic Director: Nicholas Alva
Where to hear them: In Theater/Concert/Dance Events in Venues Through Out the Bay Area

Amelie's Angels

Founded: 2013
Artistic Director: Jessie Jewitt
Where to hear them: St. Mark's Episcopal Church - Palo Alto

American Bach Soloists

American Bach Soloists (ABS) are leading performers in the field of Baroque music, dedicated to historically informed performances of Bach and his contemporaries. ABS provides meaningful, memorable, and valuable musical experiences for our audiences through inspiring performances and recordings, and it supports the preservation of early music through educational programs for students and emerging professionals.

Founded: 1989
Artistic Director: Jeffrey Thomas, Artistic Director and Co-Founder
Where to hear them: St. Stephens, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, San Francisco, First Congregational Church, Berkeley, Davis Community Church, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

American Beethoven Society

Artistic Director: William Meredith

American Canyon Singers

American Canyon Singers is a Parks and Recreation sponsored adult chorus open to ages 16 and older. We perform a wide variety of choral repertoire from early renaissance, baroque and classical styles, to international and contemporary works, including jazz, musical theater, sacred and popular songs. Instruction is provided in healthy vocal technique, ear training, music theory, music reading, sight singing and public performance. No auditions are required; only a positive attitude and the ability to carry a tune.

Artistic Director: Cyril Deaconoff

American Composers Orchestra

American Composers Orchestra (ACO) is dedicated to the creation, celebration, performance, and promotion of orchestral music by American composers. With commitment to diversity, disruption and discovery, ACO produces concerts, K-12 education programs and emerging composer development programs to foster a community of creators, audience, performers, collaborators, and funders.

American Conservatory Theater (ACT)

American Conservatory Theater nurtures the art of live theater through dynamic productions, intensive actor training in its conservatory, and an ongoing dialogue with its community. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Carey Perloff and Executive Director Heather Kitchen, A.C.T. embraces its responsibility to conserve, renew, and reinvent the rich theatrical traditions that are our collective legacy, while exploring new artistic forms and new communities. A commitment to the highest standards informs every aspect of A.C.T.'s creative work.

Founded: 1965
Artistic Director: Carey Perloff

American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (AFIPO) supports the world-class Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO), enabling the IPO to enrich diverse audiences around the world in its role as Israel’s preeminent cultural ambassador.

Founded: 1980

American Guild of Organists

The AGO presents performances, lectures, seminars, and discussions on a wide variety of topics related to organ and choral music.

Founded: 1911
Artistic Director: John Karl Hirten (Dean)
Where to hear them: Organ venues around the Bay Area

American Liszt Society - San Francisco Chapter

Founded by David Kushner, Fernando Laires, and Charles Lee, the American Liszt Society was incorporated in 1964. The purpose of the Society is to promote scholarship and general understanding of the full creative and historical significance of Franz Liszt on the education and development of both the composition and performance of music throughout the Western World. Each year ALS festivals have presented member talent and outstanding guests celebrating Liszt, his influence, and his ideals.

Artistic Director: William Wellborn

American Modern Opera Company (AMOC)

AMOC is an opera company on a new model. Led by Artistic Directors Matthew Aucoin and Zack Winokur, the company serves as the artistic home for seventeen of the most exciting singers, dancers, and instrumentalists of the rising generation. AMOC’s artists are committed to reimagining what it means to make opera in the twenty-first century: unlike a typical opera company, which features a constantly-changing roster of artists in one particular theater, AMOC focuses on deep, long-term artistic relationships among its core members. The company’s goal is to create a body of new, discipline-colliding music-theater works, conceived, developed, and performed by our artists.

American Philharmonic - Sonoma County

More information at (707) 206-6775

Founded: 1999
Artistic Director: Norman Gamboa
Where to hear them: Santa Rosa High School Performing Arts Auditorium