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].

Artemesia Ensemble

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

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

Assisi String Quartet

Founded: 2011
Where to hear them: SF Bay Area

Association of California Symphony Orchestras

The Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO) is a nonprofit membership association providing leadership and services to classical music producers and presenters in California and the region encouraging and supporting their artistic, organizational, and fiscal development.

Founded: 1969

Atelier del Feld

Founded: 2010
Artistic Director: Jordana del Feld
Where to hear them: 1855 Sacramento #5, San Francisco CA

Auburn Symphony

Founded: 1987
Artistic Director: Michael Goodwin
Where to hear them: Auburn, California and Mondavi Center, Davis

Audio High

Artistic Director: Beethoven/ Robert Silverman
Where to hear them: Le Petit Trianon

Aurora Theatre Company

Artistic Director: Tom Ross