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].

Area 23a

Founded: 2009
Artistic Director: Lori Miller
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Ariel Quartet

Founded: 1986
Artistic Director: William Barbini
Where to hear them: Sacramento/Davis, CA

Arlekin String Quartet

A wide range of well known string quartet works with some settings of opera and popular music favorites.

Founded: 1980
Artistic Director: none
Where to hear them: Venues throughout the San Francisco Bay Area

Ars Minerva

Founded: 2014
Artistic Director: Céline Ricci
Where to hear them: Marines' Memorial Theater

Art of Sound Summer Brass Institute and Festival

Founded: 2003
Artistic Director: Vicky Greenbaum
Where to hear them: Menlo School Arts Gallery, Atherton, and All Saints Church Palo Alto

Art | Song Salon

Founded: 2014
Where to hear them:

Artemesia Ensemble

Founded: 2010
Artistic Director: Maia Silberstein/Katherine Heater
Where to hear them: Berkeley Piano Club, Davis Community Church

Artisanal Music Collective

Artistic Director: Kyle Randall

Artists Vocal Ensemble (AVE)

AVE is a small, professional ensemble that specializes in lesser-known works from the Renaissance and Tudor periods, presented in concerts that aim to have a musical and spiritual impact on their audience.

Founded: 2004
Artistic Director: Jonathan Dimmock
Where to hear them: Various churches throughout the Bay Area.


Founded: 2002
Artistic Director: Josefa Vaughan
Where to hear them: Art events


Founded: 2011
Artistic Director: ASAWA TASH
Where to hear them: itunes

Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center

Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center is a nationally recognized nonprofit music and culture venue that specializes in presenting live world and roots music. Ashkenaz brings people of all ages, cultures and lifestyles together with music and dance programs that include African, Balkan, Brazilian, Cajun/Zydeco, Carribbean, Middle Eastern, Reggae, American roots from Bluegrass to Swing, and more. Ashkenaz presents nightly live music, dance, and movement classes, workshops, programs for children, and benefit shows. Ashkenaz's Cafe is open during shows and serves mostly organic vegetarian fare, beer (bottled & draft), wine, and non-alcoholic beverages.

Where to hear them: 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley