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].

Masterworks Chorale

Founded in 1964 by Galen Marshall and currently under the direction of Dr. Bryan Baker, Masterworks Chorale performs a rich variety of music, from major works of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, to modern masterpieces, and new works by contemporary composers. This innovative programming makes Masterworks endlessly engaging for both performer and listener.

Founded: 1964
Artistic Director: Dr. Bryan Baker
Where to hear them: San Mateo

Matrai Music Management

Founded: 2009
Artistic Director: Ann M. Jona

Matt Bacon - Guitar

Artistic Director: Matt Bacon

Matthew Linaman-Cello

Founded: 2012
Artistic Director: Matthew Linaman
Where to hear them: San Francisco Bay Area

Maybeck Studio

The Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts is a small performance space located in a private home in the Berkeley hills, built in 1914 by Bernard Maybeck. The studio has a rich tradition of musical performances dating back nearly 100 years.

Meerenai Shim Flute School

Artistic Director: Meerenai Shim

Megapolis Audio Festival

Founded: 2008
Artistic Director: Justin Grotelueschen
Where to hear them: Oakland, CA June 5-7

Melange Productions, Inc.

Founded: 2011
Artistic Director: Nicholas Navarro
Where to hear them: The Regency Center

Melos Music

Founded: 2007
Artistic Director: Jason Thorpe Buchanan
Where to hear them:

Mendocino Music Festival

Each year a symphony hall is built from the ground up at the Mendocino Headlands State Park, Ford House Museum and Visitor Center grounds. The Festival presents two weeks of music including orchestra concerts, opera, chamber concerts, jazz, folk, world music and Big Band. Some concerts include dance performances.

Founded: 1986
Artistic Director: Allan Pollack
Where to hear them: Mendocino Headlands State Park

Menlo Atherton Academy of Contemporary Music (MAACM)

Founded: 2010
Where to hear them: Menlo-Atherton High School Performing Arts Center