South Bay Guitar Society
The South Bay Guitar Society presents classical and related guitar styles to people of all
cultures, ages, abilities, and economic means and provides performance opportunities to
professional and amateur musicians. Our events are affordable and indeed some are free to
the public. SBGS typically offers 6 ticketed concerts each year, free monthly open mics, 18-22
annual outreach visits to the schools with local and touring artists, master classes by touring
artists, and free lectures / demonstrations. SBGS also hosts an annual GuitarFest.
South Bay Philharmonic
South Bay Philharmonic is unique among “community orchestras” because it accepts players with a wide range of skill levels, from perhaps “high-school level” to near “professional.” Though always striving to provide the best level of performance possible, SBP offers a low-stress and welcoming environment for all members. The group presents three concerts per year featuring orchestral repertoire as well as short chamber works.
Lyric Theatre is a performing group of over 150 dedicated volunteers who have committed themselves to the art of stagecraft. Community members, students and professional quality performers grace our stage, play in our orchestra, and work behind the scenes, giving their talents and sharing our love of operetta, musical theater, and especially Gilbert & Sullivan.
American Harp Society, Silicon Valley Chapter
The Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Harp Society is a dynamic chapter, consisting of over 80 harp enthusiasts including professionals, teachers, students, amateurs and fans. We welcome harpists of all styles and genres —lever and pedal, historical and modern. Our chapter has the honor of having received the national “Chapter of the Year” award from the American Harp Society in both 2010 and 2014. Each year we sponsor concerts, educational workshops, student education sessions and informal gatherings where our members have the opportunity to play for each other. Our yearly highlight, “Harp Extravaganza,” features both our Silicon Valley Adult Harp Ensemble and our Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble in concert.
Nova Vista Symphony
Nova Vista Symphony, based in Sunnyvale, has been a South Bay staple since 1966. Performing a wide variety of classical favorites and showcasing fantastic soloists, Nova Vista Symphony is recognized for its quality musicianship, its entertaining repertoire and its unbridled enthusiasm.
San Jose Chamber Music Society
SJCMS's mission is to present chamber music concerts in an ideal setting performed by top ensembles from the Bay Area, across America, and around the world. We want to educate our audience through pre-concert talks, post-concert Q & A, program notes, and meet-the-composer experiences. We aim to educate students in chamber music by presenting outreach by some of our ensembles for San Jose public schools, and by arranging performer residency activities for San Jose State University music students. Finally we aim to support chamber music in our region by publicizing other nearby chamber music concerts, cooperating in marketing with fellow presenters, and presenting joint programs with The Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, San Jose State University.
San Jose Metropolitan Band
For over 50 years the San Jose Metropolitan Band has served Silicon Valley by presenting concerts to the community and at civic events as well as providing the opportunity for amateur musicians to rehearse and perform in a large symphonic ensemble. The band rehearses on Monday evenings at Obi Studios, located at 320 Piercy Road, San Jose, CA and rehearsals are open to all wind and percussion musicians without audition. The band comfortably sight reads grade-3 music, typically plays grade 4-5 and occasionally tackles grade 6 compositions. In a typical year the band presents two formal indoor concerts and at least four outdoor concerts, including the Morgan Hill 4th of July parade.
Mission Chamber Orchestra
Bringing South Bay audiences spirited performances of the best contemporary works as well as the finest music from the classical tradition at affordable prices, the Mission Chamber Orchestra of San Jose, conducted by Emily Ray, is a vital musical force in Silicon Valley. The orchestra is known for presenting exciting soloists, for its outreach to various ethnic groups through diverse programming, and for its collaborations with other arts organizations. To encourage the continuation of musical studies among young people, the orchestra also invites string players from local high schools to appear in side-by-side performances on regular MCOSJ programs.
Noon Arts and Lectures
Our mission is to enhance and enlarge the artistic and cultural environment of San Jose by making available to the residents a wide range of performance and educational opportunities during weekday noon hours.
Mission Valley Chorus
Mission Valley Chorus is a championship chorus of women singers committed to musical excellence, advancing the art form of barbershop harmony through individual growth, education, performance and community outreach. As a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, members offer friendship, talent and enthusiasm through music to women of all ages!
San Jose Symphonic Choir
San José Symphonic Choir (SJSC) has performed glorious choral music in the South
Bay and internationally since its founding in 1924 and has sung under the inspiring
leadership of Maestro Leroy Kromm since 1985. We aim to enrich, educate and entertain our audience, as well as preserve and promote choral music of the highest quality. SJSC also wants to recruit vocal talent and develop musicianship and provide a community of fellowship for all associated with the organization.
San Jose Wind Symphony
San Jose Wind Symphony is the West Coast’s premier wind ensemble. Founded by conductor Darrell Johnston in 1958, the group comprises approximately 55 woodwind, brass and percussion players from diverse backgrounds and professions. Under the baton of Maestro Johnston and current music and artistic director, Dr. Edward C. Harris, SJWS has earned a worldwide reputation for superb musicianship and entertaining programming. This year marks the band’s 61st consecutive season, a remarkable achievement for an all-volunteer arts organization.
American Beethoven Society
The American Beethoven Society is an international organization dedicated to the creative genius of Beethoven, whose music speaks to the heart and mind of humanity.
The Society’s primary work is the creation and support of a comprehensive collection of Beethoven materials at the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, which is housed at San Jose State University, San Jose, California. The Center is the largest research institution in the Americas devoted solely to the life, works, and accomplishments of Ludwig van Beethoven.
The Cambrian Symphony is comprised of community-minded individuals that act not only as musicians on the stage, but as doctors, lawyers, engineers, designers, research scientists and educators throughout the Bay Area. Their joy of making and sharing music is infectious and is the foundation for their contribution to the arts. One of the unique elements of this ensemble is its connection with arts education and its commitment to inviting students to join in side-by-side performance. We hope to cultivate the value, appreciation and understanding of the orchestra and its connection to hundreds of years of music with all generations, current and future.
Vivace Youth Chorus
Vivace is an engaging choral program for children ages four to eighteen. We offer a challenging, yet developmentally and age appropriate approach to singing. Our Kodály-based choral education program balances vocal training, music theory, and performance. Vivace provides the opportunity to experience the power and poetry of song in an inclusive, co-educational, and nurturing environment that fosters community, confidence, and artistic growth, and creates awareness of our participants' cultures and shared human experience.
San Jose Dance Theatre
San Jose Dance Theatre is a classical ballet performance company and academy, specializing in offering high quality productions and training for the community. The company actively advocates for nationwide access to classical performances, quality community engagement opportunities and the development of the art-form across the country. Since its inception in 1965, San Jose Dance Theatre has provided the community of San Jose and the greater San Francisco Bay area with quality performances. These performances feature professional artists, working in collaboration with young dancers to deliver outstanding productions.
California Arte Ensemble
Since 2015, Cal Arte Ensemble has sought to present many of the great chamber masterpieces in concert halls around the Bay Area. In 2016 & 2017 they presented nearly 100 different programs including the Beethoven Odyssey I series, featuring Tamami Honma's performances of the complete 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas, and Beethoven Odyssey II, featuring all 10 of Beethoven's Violin Sonatas with Julian Brown and Tamami Honma.
The Cal Arte Ensemble have performed numerous other chamber concerts featuring piano trios, quartets, and quintets by composers from Arensky to Shostakovich. Earlier this year they presented a full performance of Mozart's Requiem bringing together four distinguished vocal soloists, a 30 member choir, and the Cal Arte Chamber Orchestra. The Cal Arte Ensemble were nominated this and last year in San Franciso Classical Voice's Best of the Bay poll.