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].

Open Opera

Founded: 2008
Artistic Director: Olivia Stapp
Where to hear them: San Francisco Bay Area public parks and outdoor venues

Opera Academy of California

Artistic Director: Yefim Maizel

Opera Bravura

Artistic Director: Sharon Maxwell

Opera Cultura

Founded: 1998
Artistic Director: Hector Armienta
Where to hear them: San Jose

Opera on Tap - San Francisco Chapter

Founded: by Anne Hiatt, Brooklyn, NY 2005
Artistic Director: Indre Viskontas and Katherine Gerber
Where to hear them: Bay area venues

Opera Parallèle

Opera Parallèle is a professional music organization devoted to multidisciplinary projects and chamber opera. It is a resident ensemble at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Over the years, the Ensemble has collaborated with dancers, choreographers, multimedia artists, reaching out to other art forms to work with them, as the Ensemble's name suggests - in parallel.

Founded: 1993
Artistic Director: Nicole Paiement
Where to hear them: San Francisco Conservatory of Music and in collaborations around the Bay Area.

Opera San Jose

Founded: 1927
Artistic Director: Ming Luke
Where to hear them: 345 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113, (408) 295-9600

Opera San José

This professional regional company presents a handful of operas each season, featuring the young, up-and-coming singers who comprise their resident company of principal artists.

Founded: 1984
Artistic Director: Irene Dalis
Where to hear them: California Theatre, San José

Opera-Essence Performances

Founded: 2003
Artistic Director: Norma Mayer
Where to hear them: Monterey, California

Opus 1 Music Studio

Opus 1 Music Studio is a professional music studio based in the Northern California Area since 2006. We offer private and group music lessons at our Mountain View and Palo Alto locations. Instruments include piano, violin, viola, voice, guitar, flute, clarinet and saxophone.

Artistic Director: Doris Ngai

Opus Project

Founded: 2013
Artistic Director: Mark Alburger
Where to hear them: Berkeley Arts Festival, last Saturday of each month

Opus Q, A Men's Vocal Ensemble

Founded: 2001; re-established 2010
Artistic Director: Jerry R. Foust
Where to hear them: Berkeley, CA

Orquesta la Moderna Tradición

Founded: 1995
Artistic Director: Tregar Otton
Where to hear them: S. F. Bay Area