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].

UC Choral Ensembles

Founded: Over 100 years ago
Artistic Director: Mark Sumner
Where to hear them: UC Berkeley and some other off campus venues

UC Davis Music Department

The Department of Music at the University of California, Davis, offers Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees, with a curriculum based on a synthesis of music scholarship, performance, and composition. The department presents more than 100 events each year by a range of ensembles, as well as an annual artist-in-residence program and a weekly free concert series

Founded: University
Artistic Director: Anna Maria Busse Berger (Department Chair)
Where to hear them: The Mondavi Center for the Arts and other venues on the UC Davis campus

UC Santa Cruz


UC Santa Cruz Music Department

The program offers a comprehensive program of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in a wide array of disciplines. The numerous performance ensembles offer performance opportunities in classic, jazz, world and other music disciplines

Founded: University
Artistic Director: Paul Nauert (Department Chair)
Where to hear them: The Music Department Recital Hall

UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance

We are UCLA’s public arts unit for the presentation and scholarship associated with performing arts. The Hammer Museum and the Fowler Museum along with the UCLA Film & Television Archive are our colleague organizations within UCLA. Collectively we serve both the campus community and the greater public through our respective missions and ongoing programming. Center for the Art of Performance is organized within the School of Art & Architecture, and we are located in Royce Hall.

Specifically, we curate and facilitate the direct exposure to the art of performance by supporting acclaimed artists who create extraordinary work in the dedicated practices of contemporary dance, theater and music, in addition to emerging genres. We present their recent works, we add expertise to the creative and scholarly contexts of their artistry, and we do so as a powerful part of UCLA’s mission and legacy.

Ukiah Symphony Orchestra

Founded: 1979
Artistic Director: Les Pfutzenreuter
Where to hear them: Mendocino College Center Theatre or School of Performing Arts and Education (SPACE) in Ukiah, CA

Underwolf Records

Underwolf slipstreams music that breaks through the glass of the past with what's to come.

United States Open Music Competition (USOMC)

Founded: 1992
Where to hear them: Oakland Interstatke Center (Mormon Temple in Oakland hills)

University of California Alumni Chorus

Founded: 1985
Artistic Director: Dr. Mark Sumner
Where to hear them: Berkeley, CA

University of California Alumni Chorus

Founded: 1985
Artistic Director: Dr. Mark Sumner
Where to hear them: Bay Area