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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.