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 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 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

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
Where to hear them:

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 Elegant Aria

Artistic Director: Suzanne Stadler

An Elegant Aria

Artistic Director: Suzanne Stadler
Where to hear them: Private Events all over the Bay Area

An Evening of Carols and Lessons with Choral Music

Artistic Director: Steven Perry
Where to hear them: St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Napa