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].

American Recorder Orchestra of the West

AROW perform early works on the entire family of recorders from sopranino to contrabass. The repertoire includes work not originally set for recorder.

Founded: 2000
Artistic Director: Richard Geisler
Where to hear them: Venues in the East Bay

Americana Orchestra

Founded: 2012
Artistic Director: Karl Cronin
Where to hear them:

Amethyst Quartet

The Amethyst Quartet is nationally renowned and admired for performances characterized by beauty of sound, clarity of melodic line, and unity of purpose. Celebrated for its performances of works by composers ranging from Bach and Handel, to contemporary composers such as Ligeti, Maslanka, and Xenakis, Amethyst has become recognized as one of the premiere American saxophone quartets. Amethyst Quartet stands alone in the history of saxophone quartets in the US with an unparalleled list of achievements. During their 2008 season, the founding members of the Amethyst Quartet swept the nations most prestigious chamber music competitions, winning first prizes at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, and the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition (MTNA). Amethyst also received Honorable Mention (2nd prize) at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition during their inaugural 2006-2007 season. Quartet Members: Sean Hurlburt Masahito Sugihara Nathan Nabb Johnny Salinas

Founded: 2007
Artistic Director: Sean Hurlburt
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Amethyst Trio

Artistic Director: Lara Garner
Where to hear them: Venues around the Bay Area and Wine Country

Amici Lyric Opera

Founded: 2009
Artistic Director: Nicholas Lerke

An Incredible Night of World Music

We present performances of classical, jazz, world music, country music as well as theatre and opera.

Founded: 2005
Artistic Director: Kevin Frazier
Where to hear them: Empress Theatre

Andrea Fulton Productions

Andrea Fulton Productions presents the annual Bracebridge Dinners at Yosemite each Yuletide holiday season. A chorale of 35 singers and actors fill the majestic Dining Room of the world famous Ahwahnee Hotel (now known as the Majestic Yosemite Hotel) with an evening of choral music, theater both soulful and comedic, and all the pageantry of Washington Irving's immortal character Squire Bracebridge, as he welcomes all to his English manor hall to celebrate the holidays and recall the days of Christmas past. A bucket-list experience of fine dining and holiday cheer amid the beauty of Yosemite National Park.

Founded: 1927
Artistic Director: Andrea Fulton
Where to hear them: Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite, CA

Andrea Segar and Miles Graber, violin/piano duo

Where to hear them: Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts

Angel City Jazz Festival

The Angel City Jazz Festival — Los Angeles’s most adventurous jazz festival — was founded in 2008 by music promoter Rocco Somazzi. In 2009, Cryptogramophone's founder Jeff Gauthier became a festival co-producer and the festival moved to the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood. Since then the festival has grown into an essential multiday celebration of cutting-edge jazz at some of the most exciting & prestigious venues in Los Angeles, such as The Ford Theatres, LACMA, REDCAT, Zebulon Café, the Blue Whale, the World Stage, the Bootleg Theatre and the Moss Theatre.

The 2018 festival is presented by Angel City Arts, a nonprofit organization committed to cultivating and revitalizing jazz culture in Los Angeles by producing concerts by established and emerging music innovators who have achieved exceptionally high levels of musicianship and brought forward a significant contribution to the evolution of jazz and improvised music.

Founded: 2008

Angelus: Sacred Music for Women's Voices

Founded: 2008
Artistic Director: Dana Taylor
Where to hear them:

Anna Poklewski Academy of Music

Founded: 2007
Where to hear them: Online