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].

Ohlone Colllege Jazz/Rock Combos

Artistic Director: Tim Roberts
Where to hear them: 43600 Misssion Blvd.

Ohlone Tuba Ensemble

Founded: 2000
Artistic Director: Tony Clements
Where to hear them: Ohlone College

Old First Concerts

Presents recitals and chamber music concerts of emerging artists, primarily focused on new music and premieres.

Founded: 1970
Artistic Director: Kathy Barr
Where to hear them: Old First Church, San Francisco

Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts

The Omni Foundation presents concerts in San Francisco by some of the world's finest acoustic guitarists.  Although the series presents acoustic guitarists of all genres, such as flamenco, jazz and fingerstyle, the primary focus is on the classical guitar.

Founded: 1980
Artistic Director: Richard Patterson
Where to hear them: Venues in San Francisco

One Art Ensemble

Founded: 2009
Where to hear them: Noontime Concerts, Old First Concerts, Hillside Club

Open Opera

Founded: 2008
Artistic Director: Olivia Stapp
Where to hear them: San Francisco Bay Area public parks and outdoor venues

Opera Academy of California

Artistic Director: Yefim Maizel

Opera Bravura

Artistic Director: Sharon Maxwell

Opera Cultura

Founded: 1998
Artistic Director: Hector Armienta
Where to hear them: San Jose

Opera on Tap - San Francisco Chapter

Founded: by Anne Hiatt, Brooklyn, NY 2005
Artistic Director: Indre Viskontas and Katherine Gerber
Where to hear them: Bay area venues

Opera Parallèle

Opera Parallèle is a professional music organization devoted to multidisciplinary projects and chamber opera. It is a resident ensemble at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Over the years, the Ensemble has collaborated with dancers, choreographers, multimedia artists, reaching out to other art forms to work with them, as the Ensemble's name suggests - in parallel.

Founded: 1993
Artistic Director: Nicole Paiement
Where to hear them: San Francisco Conservatory of Music and in collaborations around the Bay Area.