Performance opportunities

Student Ensembles

Large and small and incredibly diverse, our student ensembles offer a unique and incredibly valuable opportunities to hone your performance skills in world-class venues like the Chan Centre for Performing Arts. The ensembles range in size from trios and quartets to the 110-member UBC Symphony Orchestra. They play in dozens of traditions and styles, from Bach to Balinese Gamelan and everything in between.

Learn more about student ensembles then plan your audition

Student Performance Engagement List

Are you interested in performing at private events and getting paid for it? Every autumn, the School of Music auditions student performers (solo and ensemble) for the Student Performance Engagement List — a resource for the public to hire talented young musicians for weddings, corporate functions and more. This is an excellent opportunity for you to learn what it is to be a working musician, how to negotiate your own fees and work out a repertoire with a client.

Check out the current list.

Masterclasses & Other Non-Degree Music Education

Beyond our core academic programs, the School of Music offers private lessons, symposiums, masterclasses, and more led by distinguished guest faculty from all over the world, from opera superstar Ben Heppner to Pulitzer-winning composer John Corigliano. 

Browse current and upcoming events here.

Concerts in Care UBC Ambassador Program

Run in conjunction with the Health Arts Society, this program brings 45-minute concerts by UBC music students to health care facilities in the greater Vancouver area.

Student performers are chosen by audition every autumn and will be contracted to play Concerts in Care, with each performer receiving $100 per 45 minute performance. All students are given the recognised title Concerts in Care UBC Ambassador and join a prestigious group of performers, such as Jane Coop, Andrew Dawes, Robert Silverman, Mark Anderson, Daniel Bolshoy and David Harding, who have also performed Concerts in Care programs in health care facilities.

Students receive a call for auditions via email every September.


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