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].

Music on the Hill

Music on the Hill presents Chamber Music concerts each Sunday evening at St Kevin's Church in Bernal Heights.

Founded: 1998
Artistic Director: Ava Soifer
Where to hear them: St Kevin's Church

Music Teachers' Association Of California Santa Clara Co. Branch

Founded: 1916 (Parent MTAC Inc. 1897 San Francusco)
Artistic Director: Peter H. Thompson President MTAC Sant Clara Co.
Where to hear them: Community Concert Series in various venues in Santa Clara Co.

Music Teachers' Association of California, Santa Cruz Co. branch

Founded: 1937
Artistic Director: Barbara Jirsa
Where to hear them: UCSC Music Center Recital Hall

Music's Re-creation

The quartet focuses on French and German music of the Baroque era.

Founded: 1979
Artistic Director: None
Where to hear them: Festivals around the Bay Area.


For four weeks each summer, this chamber music festival and institute offers intimate chamber music concerts and lectures.

Founded: 2003
Artistic Director: David Finckel and Wu Han
Where to hear them: The Menlo School in Atherton, and other venues in Palo Alto and Menlo Park


Founded: 2000
Artistic Director: Catha Hall
Where to hear them: Messiah Lutheran Church 1835 Valota Redwood City, Ca. 94061

Musica Marin

Founded: 2013
Artistic Director: Ruth Kahn
Where to hear them: find on website

Musica Pacifica

Musica Pacifica performs mixed wind/string chamber concerti of Vivaldi and Telemann, colorful dance suites from the courts and opera houses of France, and the more intimate solo, duo, and trio sonatas from European countries as diverse as Scotland, Poland, Spain, and England

Founded: 1990
Artistic Director: Judith Linsenberg and Elizabeth Blumenstock
Where to hear them: Venues around the Bay Area

Musica Pacifica

Founded: 1990
Artistic Director: Judith Linsenberg
Where to hear them: various Bay Area venues

Musical Theatre Works

MUSICAL THEATRE WORKS is a Theatre Academy and Performance Company for students in grades K-10. The goal of MTW is to offer young people an opportunity to learn about and experience all aspects of Musical Theatre, participate in Academy training classes, produce two full-scale Broadway musicals each year and work with professional Directors and Designers. Admission to MTW is based primarily on the student's sincere desire to participate in this Performance Company, as well as their willingness to accept the level of commitment necessary to succeed in MTW. MUSICAL THEATRE WORKS is committeed to providing financial assistance to those who qualify.

Founded: 1998
Artistic Director: Carolyn Miller
Where to hear them: Randall Museum, San Francisco

Musicians Union Local 6, AFM

Founded: 1885
Artistic Director: David Schoenbrun, President
Where to hear them:


Founded: 2009
Artistic Director: Patrice Hourbette
Where to hear them: International