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

San Domenico Virtuoso Program

Founded: 1977
Artistic Director: George Thomson, Music Director; Robin Ravazzini, Managing Director
Where to hear them: Bettye Poetz Ferguson Hall, San Domenico School, 1500 Butterfield Rd, San Anselmo

San Francisco Academy Orchestra

Each year, young professional musicians from all over the Bay Area take the Academy Orchestra audition. Those selected for the "Academy Experience" are given the opportunity to rehearse and perform alongside members of the San Francisco Symphony.

Founded: 2006
Artistic Director: Andrei Gorbatenko, Music Director

San Francisco Accordion Chamber Ensemble

Founded: 1995
Artistic Director: Joseph Smiell, JR, conductor
Where to hear them: 579 Capp St. San Francisco, community music center

San Francisco Accordion Club

Founded: 1990
Where to hear them: 2:00 p.m. every 3rd Sunday at Oyster Point Yacht Club, So. San Francisco

San Francisco Accordion Club

Founded: 1916
Artistic Director: Lynn Ewing
Where to hear them: Oyster Point Yacht Club, South San Francisco

San Francisco Architectural Heritage

Founded: 1971
Where to hear them: Haas-Lilienthal House

San Francisco Bach Choir

One of the oldest community choirs in the West, this ensemble is known for its historically accurate presentations of Bach and other choral composers of the late Renaissance and Baroque periods. The group specializes in antiphonal (multi-choir) works, and collaborates with first-rate professional instrumentalists and vocal soloists.

Founded: 1935
Artistic Director: Corey Jamason
Where to hear them: Calvary Presbyterian Church, San Francisco

San Francisco Ballet

As America’s oldest professional ballet company, San Francisco Ballet has enjoyed a long and rich tradition of artistic “firsts” since its founding in 1933, performing the first American productions of Swan Lake and Nutcracker, as well as the first 20th-century American Coppélia. A lively, vital ensemble, San Francisco Ballet is one of the three largest ballet companies in the United States.

Founded: 1933
Artistic Director: Helgi Tomasson
Where to hear them: War Memorial Opera House

San Francisco Bay Area Chamber Choir

The San Francisco Bay Area Chamber Choir performs repertoire from the 16th through the 21st centuries. Concerts are typically in April and November, usually in the East Bay. Rehearsals are held Sunday evenings from September through April in the East Bay. On Facebook or the choir website, listeners can subscribe to email concerts notices and interested singers can find audition information.

Founded: 1978
Artistic Director: Anthony Pasqua
Where to hear them: Where to hear them: Venues throughout the Bay Area, most frequently in the East Bay

San Francisco Bay Area Flute Society

Founded: 2010
Artistic Director: Viviana Guzman

San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival

Founded: 1999
Where to hear them: Various SF Bay Area locations

San Francisco Boys Chorus

The SFBC has performed with the San Francisco Opera during every season in which parts for boy choristers have been required. Since Ian Robertson was appointed in 1996, he has built the chorus to over 200 youngsters from 48 Bay Area cities at campuses in San Francisco, Oakland, and San Rafael. The SFBC also tours domestically and internationally and presents two stand-alone concerts each season in San Francisco.

Founded: 1948
Artistic Director: Artistic Director: Ian Robertson
Where to hear them: War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco; Calvary Presbyterian Church, San Francisco

San Francisco Cabaret Opera

Founded: 2000
Artistic Director: Harriet March Page

San Francisco Cello Quartet

Founded: 2008
Artistic Director: Michelle Djokic, Nina Flyer, Miriam Perkoff, Eric Sung
Where to hear them: Various venues in the SF Bay Area