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].


Founded: January 2012
Where to hear them: SF Bay Area


Musae is a small women's vocal ensemble based in San Francisco that performs diverse and accessible music throughout the Bay Area. Musae's mission is to stretch the boundaries of traditional repertoire for women's voices with music ranging from sacred chants and baroque masterpieces to spirituals, folk songs, jazz, and popular music from five continents.

Founded: 2004
Artistic Director: Ben Johns
Where to hear them: Venues across the Bay Area


Founded: 2000
Artistic Director: Justin Montigne
Where to hear them: Bay Area

Museum of Performance & Design

Founded: 1948
Artistic Director: David R. Humphrey, Ph.D.

Music at Home

Founded: 2010
Artistic Director: Karsten Windt
Where to hear them: Private Spaces

Music at Kohl

Music at Kohl presents three chamber music series. The Chamber Concert series presents local and touring chamber music ensembles. The Family and Children's concert series present programs oriented toward younger audiences in connection with the education program at the center.

Founded: 1983
Artistic Director: There is no artistic director per se. Patricia Kristof Moy is the Executive Director, but artist selection is supported by the board
Where to hear them: The Kohn Mansion in Burlingame

Music at Meyer

Founded: 2003

Music at St. John's

Artistic Director: Dr. Lenore Alford, Music Director
Where to hear them: St. John's Episcopal Church, 14 Lagunitas, Ross, CA 94957

Music at St. Paul's Episcopal Church

Artistic Director: Susan Jane Matthews, DMA
Where to hear them: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 415 El Camino Real, Burlingame

Music at the Mission

Music at the Mission presents chamber music concerts out of Old Mission San Jose in Fremont featuring both local artists and touring chamber groups.

Founded: 2005
Artistic Director: Aileen Chanco
Where to hear them: Old Mission San Jose in Fremont

Music at the SF Jewish Community Center

The SFJCC presents a wide variety of music programs, including the Shenson Community Music Series of free concerts by students at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Artistic Director: Not specified
Where to hear them: San Francisco Jewish Community Center

Music Box at the Moon

Founded: 2013
Artistic Director: Claudia Polley
Where to hear them: 315 Main St., Half Moon Bay, CA 94019