With a faculty of distinguished composers, scholars and performers, the School of Music produces graduates who work in all aspect of the music industry. Learn more 








Turning Point Ensemble on music & entrepreneurship

“What's very important to realize as a student of musical performance is that you are not only a potential employee, but also a future employer and entrepreneur and can create the work you wish for. That's what we did.”

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Photo: Chris Randle

Photo: Chris Randle



WATCH: UBC Symphonic Winds perform Leonard Bernstein's "Overture To Candide"  



Mastering De Profundis

Pianists do not often play and speak at the same time—let alone whistle, sing, play a Harpo horn, and use their body and the piano as percussion instruments. Keyboard Chair Terence Dawson decided to take on the challenge of Rzewski’s De Profundis as a career milestone marker.

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WATCH: Terence Dawson performs Frederic Rzewski’s De Profundis at Barnett Hall.



WATCH: Kallie Clayton (Master's student), Sheldon Baxter (BMus'14, MMus'15), and Alireza Mojibian (BMus'15, Master's student) describe the amazing opportunities afforded to students in the UBC Opera Program


Lukas Kawabata/Instagram

Lukas Kawabata/Instagram

Student performers

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Dr. Dorothy Chang

Composer Dorothy Chang's music has been described as “evocative and kaleidoscopic” and praised for its colourful scoring and range of dramatic expression. Read more




Jazz Ensemble

UBC Jazz Ensembles I & II perform everything from the early works of Duke Ellington to contemporary jazz rock fusion and even elements of free jazz. Read more  



The Wearable Interface

UBC Music's digital performance ensemble SUBCLASS is generating interest for its ambitious and innovative work. Ensemble director Dr. Bob Pritchard and collaborator Kiran Bhumber (B.Mus. '14) talked recently about their latest project: a wearable instrument.

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WATCH: Dancer Danielle Lee demonstrates a responsive body suit that uses conductive fabric to make music



From UBC to the Junos

After graduating from UBC with a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance, Cris Derksen ('07) went from student to world-travelling performer. She’s toured with Canadian throat singer Tanya Tagaq, written music for the CBC, and been nominated for a Juno Award. 

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