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].

Veksler Academy of Music & Dance

Artistic Director: Leonid Veksler

Verismo Opera

Founded: 2008
Artistic Director: Frederick Winthrop
Where to hear them: Traveling around the San Francisco Bay Area

Vernon Salon Series

The Vernon Salon Series is a monthly series whose mission is to provide Bay Area musicians an informal setting to present and discuss new musical works with an enthusiastic and supportive audience. Founded in January of 2016 and occuring on the second or third Friday of the month, it has provided a wonderful setting for artists to meet friends and test out new programs and ideas. Alongside many incredible musicians, other artists who have presented their work in the past have hailed from the fields of visual art, literature, musicology, viticulture, illustration, and dance.

Founded: January 2016
Artistic Director: Anne Rainwater

Veronique Kherian

Events combining classical music with fine specialty foods

Founded: 2018
Artistic Director: Veronique Kherian

Verotta Works

Artistic Director: Davide Verotta

Villa Symphonia

Founded: 1972
Artistic Director: Roy Oakley
Where to hear them: Broadmoor Presyterian Church, Daly City

Village Harmony

Village Harmony is an umbrella for a range of choral music, world music and harmony singing activities under the direction of Larry Gordon and Patty Cuyler. Our choruses include Village Harmony, Northern Harmony, World Music Community Chorus, Boston Harmony, and others .

Where to hear them: Various venues throughout the country.

Vinaccesi Ensemble

Founded: 2008
Artistic Director: Nanette McGuinness and Jonathan Smucker
Where to hear them: SF Bay Area

Vintner’s Chamber Orchestra

The Vintner’s Chamber Orchestra is committed to bringing high-quality and innovative performances of the chamber orchestra repertoire to audiences throughout the North Bay. The ensemble is dynamic and flexible and presents concerts throughout Sonoma and Napa Counties in both traditional (concert hall, churches) and non-traditional (wineries, pubs, parks) spaces. Additionally, the group combines musical performance with events such as literary readings, art gallery openings, dance/theater productions, wine tastings, and wellness/meditation experiences.

Our repertoire focuses on the traditional masterworks of chamber orchestra repertoire from the 1750s to the present, while also including world music, new music, and collaborations with soloists, vocalists, and artists of all stripes.

​The Vintner's Chamber Orchestra is committed to education. Highly-qualified students from Sonoma State's Department of Music are invited to join the orchestra, and the ensemble performs for elementary and middle school students throughout Sonoma County. 

Founded: 2018
Artistic Director: Alexander Kahn
Where to hear them: Sonoma County

Virago Theatre Company

Founded: 2005
Artistic Director: Laura Lundy-Paine
Where to hear them: Rhythmix Cultural Works, Alameda and other Bay Area venues

Vishwa Shanthi Performing Arts

Indian Classical Dance - Bharatanatyam

Founded: 1990
Artistic Director: Shreelata Suresh
Where to hear them:

Vitamin Em

Vitamin Em puts a new spin on funk, jazz, R&B, Soul and fiddle music. This group of strings, accordion, bassoon and percussion gets DOWN! If you like to have fun, be exhilarated, enjoy life and love to groove, this band is for you. Vitamin Em artists: Matthew Szemela, violin; Philip Brezina, violin; Emily Onderdonk, viola; Michael Graham, cello; Dan Cantrell, accordion; Paul Hanson, bassoon.

Founded: 2017
Artistic Director: Emily Onderdonk
Where to hear them: Venues throughout the Bay Area

Viva la Musica

Concerts, tours

Founded: 2001
Artistic Director: Shulamit Hoffmann
Where to hear them: Peninsula

Viva la Musica!

Founded: 2001
Artistic Director: Shulamit Hoffmann
Where to hear them: Peninsula