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 Area Music Consortium

The Bay Area Music Consortium (BAMC) is a visionary partnership between four distinct organizations dedicated to presenting the finest in chamber music experiences: Berkeley Chamber Performances, Gold Coast Chamber Players, Mill Valley Chamber Music, and Noe Valley Chamber Music (San Francisco). With the synergy of combined resources, collective planning and a shared artistic vision, the Bay Area Music Consortium is able to present outstanding ensembles performing uniquely designed programs that enrich each of the individual member communities.

Founded: 2019

Bay Area New Music Concerts

To learn more about Bay Area New Music Concerts, email John Bilotta at [email protected]

Founded: 2001
Artistic Director: John Bilotta, Music Director
Where to hear them: Multiple venues throughout the San Francisco Bay Area

Bay Area Opera Collaborative

Founded: 2014
Where to hear them: San Jose

Bay Area Rainbow Symphony (BARS)

BARS provides a safe and inclusive environment for musicians of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. BARS makes cultural, social, and educational contributions to the San Francisco Bay Area by performing ambitious repertoire.

Founded: 2006
Artistic Director: Dawn Harms
Where to hear them: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Taube Atrium at Wilsey Center, Herbst Theatre

Bay Area Repertory Orchestra

orchestral music chamber music 20th century music

Founded: 2018
Artistic Director: Kyle Baldwin
Where to hear them: various venues in San Francisco

Bay Area Same Sex Dance Association

Promote the highest levels and most inclusive queer dance in the SF Bay Area

Founded: 2003
Artistic Director: Citabria Ozzuna and Emily Coles
Where to hear them:

Bay Area Showcase Chorus

Founded: 1956
Artistic Director: Julie Starr
Where to hear them: see website

Bay Area Stage Productions

Founded: 2009
Artistic Director: Jeff Lowe
Where to hear them: 536 Lighthouse Drive, Vallejo, CA 94590

Bay Area Stage Theater

Founded: 2011
Artistic Director: Jeff Lowe

Bay Area Strings

Founded: 2011
Artistic Director: Jennifer Mathers

Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute BASOTI

BASOTI is an intensive summer program designed to meet singers where they are in their careers, and take them to the next level.

Founded: 1992
Artistic Director: Yefim Maizel, Artistic Director Sylvia Anderson, Founder Matthias Kuntszch, Music Director
Where to hear them: Bay Area venues each summer


Founded: 2015
Artistic Director: Mark Narins
Where to hear them: East Bay Locations

Bay Area Vocal Academy

The Bay Area Vocal Academy (BAVA) Summer Intensive is for young singers (advanced middle-schoolers and high schoolers) looking to immerse themselves in the art of singing. Singers will learn vocal technique, stagecraft, score preparation/study, repertoire, and some foreign language. This classical singing program will touch on American Art Song, German Lieder, Italian Arias, and some Musical Theater. Our expert faculty will lead voice lessons, piano coachings, and seminars on all aspects of preparing a song. The singers will show their artistic growth in a final showcase performance at the week’s end.

Artistic Director: Rhoslyn Jones and Justin Montigne

Bay Bells

Founded: 1986
Artistic Director: Kendra Scott

Bay Brass

Founded: 1995
Artistic Director: none
Where to hear them: Grace Cathedral, San Francisco Conservatory of Music