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 Eric@sfcv.org.
Known for their superb blend, this chamber-sized chorus presents concerts of old and new works, with a particular emphasis on commissions. With its ongoing composer-in-residence program and New Voices competition for new works, SFCA regularly showcases works by Bay Area composers.
This large amateur chorus presents concerts year-round, with professional orchestra and soloists. With its large size, the Choral Society focuses on major choral classics, but has also commissioned new works occasionally. This group has a strong educational focus, providing vocal training for its members, as well as for gifted high school and college student through an internship program.
The City College Music Department offers a diverse, accredited program of courses that reflects its cosmopolitan setting. In addition to a traditional core curriculum in Western music, courses are offered in African, Latin American, Asian, African-American, and electronic music. These courses can provide the equivalent of the first two years of study at a four-year college, university, or conservatory, or they can be tailored to satisfy one's particular interests or needs.
SFCM collegiate program combines a rigorous program of performance and study with an intimate atmosphere where students work closely with faculty and staff
This 19-member award-winning ensemble presents an annual concert series in San Francisco, featuring what they describe as
The SFEMS affiliates comprise a wide range of early music ensembles in the Bay Area. The Society produces at least ten major chamber concerts annually and offers a number of smaller concerts, most notably at its annual Early Music in Marin series in San Rafael, California.
Each festival features artists working in a variety of modes including: laptop generated sound, processed live acoustic instruments, amplified found objects, projected video, improvisation, and performance art