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].

Oakland East Bay Symphony

OEBS is a community-focused professional orchestra that aims to make classical music accessible to all audiences. With a commitment to commissioning and performing new works, OEBS also collaborates with Oakland Unified School District and other organizations to bring music to those who might never otherwise experience a live concert.

Founded: 1988
Artistic Director: Michael Morgan
Where to hear them: Paramount Theater, Oakland

Oakland Jazz Choir

The Oakland Jazz Choir, a unique, dynamic, multi-cultural ensemble, is dedicated to the education, preservation and perpetuation of vocal jazz, and is committed to bringing together professional and community members alike.

Founded: 1990
Artistic Director: Ben Flint
Where to hear them: Everywhere

Oakland Lyric Opera

Present a mixture of opera and musical theater featuring local talent

Founded: 1993
Artistic Director: Marilyn Kosinski
Where to hear them: Various venues in Oakland.

Oakland Opera Theater

Oakland Opera Theater presents professionally produced performances of 20th and 21st-century works.

Artistic Director: Tom Dean
Where to hear them: Oakland Metro Operahouse, Oakland

Oakland Public Conservatory of Music Symphony Orchestra

Founded: 2008
Artistic Director: Sandra I. Noriega (aka Sandy Mabee)
Where to hear them: Oakland / East Bay

Oakland St James Episcopal Church Music Series

Founded: St James Episcopal Church Oakland 1858
Artistic Director: Vince B Ho, Earl Clinton Williams Jr.
Where to hear them: St James Episcopal Church Oakland

Oakland Symphony Chorus

Oakland Symphony Chorus presents its own professional-level concerts, but is best known for its ongoing collaborations with the Oakland East Bay Symphony and Berkeley Symphony. OSC also hosts an annual series of Summer Sing-Ins, which are open to all community members and are led by the area's leading choral conductors.

Founded: 1958
Artistic Director: Dr. Lynne Morrow
Where to hear them: Various venues in the East Bay.

Oakland Youth Orchestra

Founded: 1964
Artistic Director: Michael Morgan

Oakland Youth Orchestra

Artistic Director: John Kendall Bailey

Oakland-East Bay Gay Men's Chorus

Founded: 1999
Artistic Director: Carl Pantle
Where to hear them: Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center - Laney College

Oberlin Conservatory of Music

Oberlin is a four-year, highly selective liberal arts college and conservatory of music. Founded in 1833 by a Presbyterian minister and a missionary, it holds a distinguished place among American colleges and universities.