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

Bach Quartet Project

Founded: circa 2005
Artistic Director: David Cheng
Where to hear them: San Francisco - Bay Area

Back to Bach

Founded: 2010
Artistic Director: Ann Callaway
Where to hear them: St. Luke's Lutheran, Walnut Creek

Bad Unkl Sista

Artistic Director: Goyo Aranaga

Ballet America

Artistic Director: Julia Ball-Dugan

Ballet Folklorico Costa de Oro

Founded: July 2009
Artistic Director: Steven J. KoneffKlatt
Where to hear them: Northern California Festivals/Events

Ballet San Jose

Ballet San Jose was founded in 1983 as the City Center Ballet of San Jose, and in 1985 began a co-venture relationship with Cleveland Ballet that spanned the two cities for nearly 15 years before its re-establishment in 2000 as an independent resident company in San Jose.  Ballet San Jose presents nearly 30 performances annually at the San Jose Center for Performing Arts.  Ballet San Jose School is the official school of Ballet San Jose, training more than 400 students annually, and in 2012 became the first institution on the west coast certified to offer the complete America Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum.

Founded: 1983
Artistic Director: Raymond Rodriguez
Where to hear them: 255 Almaden Boulevard, San Jose, 95113

BandWorks School of Rock

From the practice studio to the stage, BandWorks gives aspiring musicians of all ages and abilities the skills to play in a rock band--and make new friends in the process. In our fun and supportive workshops, summer camps, and after-school programs, BandWorks' professional musician-instructors organize students into bands, help them rehearse their favorite songs in a fully equipped studio, then let them take the stage to perform live at a popular local venue.

Founded: 1993

Barefoot Chamber Concerts

Founded: 2007
Artistic Director: Peter Hallifax & Julie Jeffrey

Baroque Etcetera

Baroque Etcetera's repertoire is a mix of instrumental and vocal works by well known and obscure composers

Founded: 2000
Artistic Director: Richard Stumpf
Where to hear them: Venues in the East Bay

Bay Area Brass

This cooperative of professional brass players from around the Bay Area presents concerts that spotlight the unique repertoire and sound of this family of instruments. Bay Area Brass draws members from top-flight ensembles in the area, and their concerts include jazz and other contemporary musical styles, in addition to classical repertoire.

Founded: 1995
Artistic Director: Not specified
Where to hear them: Venues around the Bay Area.

Bay Area Cabaret

Founded: 2004, by Marilyn Levinson
Where to hear them: The Venetian Room of the Fairmont, San Francisco

Bay Area Children's Theatre

Founded: 2004
Artistic Director: Nina Meehan
Where to hear them: Freight & Salvage, Berkeley; Front Row Theatre, San Ramon

Bay Area Classical Harmonies (BACH)

This unique organization includes the BACH Ensemble, The Josquin Singers, and The Seemorgh Ensemble, as well as the Last Friday at Pro Arts music series.

Founded: 1998
Artistic Director: Andrew J. Chung, founder
Where to hear them: Throughout the Bay Area