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].

New Music Works

New Music Works is an 11 member ensemble originally formed by composers to perform each other's work publicly. The ensemble continues to focus on performance of works by Santa Cruz area composers. Through the Sound Horizons program they perform new works submitted in a competition format by students in the area.

Founded: 1979
Artistic Director: Philip collins
Where to hear them: Venues in the Santa Cruz area

New Pacific Trio

The ensemble, consisting of several faculty members of the University of the Pacific, performs selections for piano, violin, and cello.

Founded: 2002
Artistic Director: None
Where to hear them: Chamber music series in and around the Bay Area.

New Spectrum Ensemble

New Spectrum is a chamber music group affiliated with the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music. The main mission of the group is to bridge the gap between standard repertoire and contemporary music through innovative programming and interactive presentation.  They are committed to promoting music by living composer, particularly those based in the Bay Area.

Founded: 1009
Artistic Director: Sandra Gu and Kathryn Bates Williams
Where to hear them: San Francisco

Noe Valley Chamber Music

The series presents chamber music performances by both established and emerging local artists.

Founded: 1992
Artistic Director: Tiffany Loewenberg
Where to hear them: The Noe Valley Ministry

Nonsemble 6

Founded: 2009
Artistic Director: Ian Scarfe, Annie Phillips, Anne Suda, Kevin Rogers, Amy Foote, Justin Lee
Where to hear them: Concert halls and other venues across SF

Noontime Concerts

Founded: 1988
Artistic Director: James Rittell
Where to hear them: Old St. Mary's

North Bay Opera

The North Bay Opera presents one fully staged opera each year in Fairfield, CA. The organization draws from the Bay Area's rich talent pool to produce quality production in the largely agricultural valley between San Francisco and Sacramento.

Founded: 1987
Artistic Director: Phil Kuttner
Where to hear them: Fairfield Center for Creative Arts Theater

North Bay Performing Arts Contessi Ballet

Artistic Director: Marcella Contessi Smith

North Valley Baptist Church

Founded: 1975
Artistic Director: Brad Boruff
Where to hear them: North Valley Baptist Church

Northern California Viola Society

Founded: long ago
Artistic Director: Ethan Filner, President
Where to hear them: Northern California, currently based in San Francisco

Notre Dame de Namur University Dept. of Music

The Department of Music and Vocal Arts offers comprehensive professional training for the aspiring performer in concert, opera, and musical theater. Degrees include Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater, Master of Music in Performance, and Master of Music in Pedagogy

Founded: 1851
Artistic Director: Debra Lambert
Where to hear them: Ralston Performers Series

Notre Dame des Victoires Choir

Artistic Director: Steven Olbash
Where to hear them: Notre Dame des Victoires Church

Nova Vista Symphony

Founded: 1966
Artistic Director: Anthony Quartuccio
Where to hear them: Silicon Valley area

NuRieMaKi Management

Founded: 2009
Artistic Director: Kirilola
Where to hear them: Tokyo, Japan