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].

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

Livermore Performing Arts

The mission of the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is to establish and operate a world-class performing arts center in the Tri-Valley that promotes and encourages the presentation and creation of visual and performing arts while enhancing the public's appreciation, enjoyment and understanding of the arts.

Artistic Director: David Dial
Where to hear them: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center

Livermore Valley Opera

Livermore Valley Opera (LVO) combines the talents and expertise of professional music, stage, and chorus directors, principal singers, musicians, and designers, with the dedication and practical abilities of a volunteer board, chorus, crew, and production team. Each spring and fall, LVO presents a locally produced, fully staged opera with orchestra.

Founded: 1992
Artistic Director: Raquel Holt
Where to hear them: Bankhead Theater, Livermore

Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center

Founded: 2006
Artistic Director: Len Alexander
Where to hear them: Bankhead Theater

Livermore-Amador Symphony

Founded: 1963
Artistic Director: Dr. Arthur Barnes
Where to hear them: Bankhead Theater, Livermore


Founded: 2012
Artistic Director: Hannah Addario-Berry
Where to hear them: All over!

Loma Prieta Ensemble

Founded: 2012
Where to hear them: Santa Cruz CA

London Players

Founded: 2008
Artistic Director: Larry London
Where to hear them: Crowden School, 1475 Rose St., Berkeley

London Quintet

Founded: 2007
Artistic Director: Larry London
Where to hear them: Crowden School, 1475 Rose St., Berkeley

Long Beach Opera

unconventional productions, contemporary works

Artistic Director: Andreas Mitiszek

Longay Conservatory of Guitar

Founded: 1983
Artistic Director: Frank Longay
Where to hear them: South San Francisco Bay Area