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: 2005
Artistic Director: Mitch Greer, Rachel Smith
Where to hear them:

Lieder Alive!

A biannual Master Workshop for advanced singers.

Founded: 2007
Artistic Director: Maxine Bernstein
Where to hear them: San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concert Hall

Light Opera Theatre of Sacramento

Founded: 1982
Artistic Director: Maestro Philip Daley
Where to hear them: Sacramento, CA


Founded: 2008
Artistic Director: Tim Silva
Where to hear them: Los Angeles, Bay Area, Boston

Liss Fain Dance

Artistic Director: Liss Fain
Where to hear them: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum

Listen for Life

Founded: 1998
Artistic Director: Donna Stoering
Where to hear them: San Francisco Bay Area (especially Oakland) and worldwide

Little Bear Drum, Dance & Discovery Circle

Founded: 2008
Artistic Director: Robbie Wilson
Where to hear them: High Street Station

Little Opera

Founded: 2011
Artistic Director: Erin Bregman

Little Opera

Founded: 2011
Artistic Director: Erin Bregman

Live at Mission Blue

Live at Mission Blue is supported by the City of Brisbane through the Resident Artist Co-sponsorship Program. Through this program the city recognizes the value of its resident artists and the important contribution the arts make to the quality of life in its community.

Founded: 2004
Artistic Director: Kevin Fryer
Where to hear them: Mission Blue Center, 475 Mission Blue Dr., Brisbane, CA 94005

Live Oak Concerts

Live Oak Concerts is a year-round series of classical music concerts featuring many of the best and emerging musicians from the greater Bay Area, and from around the country and abroad.

Founded: 1998
Artistic Director: None (presented by the Berkeley Art Center)
Where to hear them: The Berkeley Art Center