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].

Oxford Street Brass

Founded: 2005
Artistic Director: Rob Lenicheck
Where to hear them: First Congregational Church of Palo Alto

P-S-F-S (Prince SF Singers)

Founded: Winter 2010
Artistic Director: Ken Malucelli
Where to hear them: Bay Area concerts


Artistic Director: Maestro Loris Tjeknavorian

Pacific Association for the Continental Tradition

The aim of PACT is to create a platform for philosophical dialogue on the West Coast. The annual conference alternates between Seattle and San Francisco.

Pacific Boychoir Academy

The Academy offers 8 levels of chorus programs for boys age 4 - 18. In 2004 the PBA started a day school with a full academic program.

Founded: 1998
Artistic Director: Kevin Fox
Where to hear them: Venues in San Francisco and the East Bay and in regular appearances with the San Francisco Symphony

Pacific Chamber Symphony

Pacific Chamber Symphony has a season of 3 to 5 concerts sets with performances in San Francisco, Napa, Alameda and Contra Costa counties

Founded: 1989 (as the Chamber Orchestra of San Leandro)
Artistic Director: Lawrence Kohl
Where to hear them: SF Conservatory of Music, Livermore Performing Arts Center, Lafayette Presbyterian Church, El Campanil Theater in Antioch & the Napa Valley Opera House

Pacific Collegium

16th through 18th century small-ensemble vocal and choral music

Founded: 2004
Artistic Director: Christopher Kula
Where to hear them: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Oakland

Pacific Edge Voices (formerly Pacific Mozart Ensemble)

Despite its name, this Grammy-nominated chorus is known best for innovative programming and collaborations with living composers and artists such as Meredith Monk, Dave Brubeck, David Lang, Quartet San Francisco, Berkeley Symphony and others.

Founded: 1981
Artistic Director: Richard Grant, artistic director and founder, and Lynne Morrow, music director
Where to hear them: Various churches in Berkeley and San Francisco

Pacific Mambo Orchestra

Founded: 2004
Artistic Director: Christian Tumalen

Pacific Masterworks Chorus

Founded: 2010
Artistic Director: Greg Lyne
Where to hear them: Pleasanton

Pacific Musical Society

Founded: 1910
Artistic Director: John McCarthy
Where to hear them: Kohl Mansion, Burlingame

Pacific Wind Ensemble

The Pacific Wind Ensemble is dedicated to performing distinguished music written for ensembles of eight to thirteen wind instruments.

Founded: 1992
Artistic Director: Todd Willis

Pacifica Performances

Artistic Director: Morning Nichols
Where to hear them: Mildred Owen Concert Hall, 1220 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica 94044