Dynamic voices, powerful programming  

Led by Dr. Graeme Langager, UBC Choirs comprises five student choirs of different sizes and ability, from the powerful 200-member Choral Union to the exciting and dynamic University Singers.

UBC Choirs perform in the beautiful Chan Centre for Performing Arts and in other venues on the University of British Columbia campus. All choirs are open to both music majors and non-music majors, with auditions happening in September each year. The five choirs are: University Singers, Choral Union, Women's Choir, Men's Choir, and Chamber Choir. Scroll down to learn more about each.

 

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS


Watch UBC Choirs on Livestream

 

 

WATCH: UBC Choirs and UBC Symphony Orchestra perform Mahler's Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection" (Finale)

 
 
 

Choral ensembles

University Singers (MUSC 153 / MUSC 553)

University Singers is the premier choral ensemble in the UBC School of Music. This 40-voice select ensemble performs the most advanced and exciting music written for chamber choir spanning the Renaissance to the modern day. The University Singers also performs major works with orchestra, including Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Handel’s Messiah, and Brahms’ Requiem. The choir has won several awards, including the CBC National Choral Competition and the BBC International Choral Competition, and has toured through Europe and North America.

This choir meets MW 3:00-4:30 & TTh 3:30-4:30

Choral Union (MUSC 154 / MUSC 554)

Choral Union is UBC’s largest and most powerful choral ensemble. With nearly 200 singers, the Choral Union performs major works from the greatest composers of choral music spanning the past five centuries. In recent years Choral Union has performed Mozart’s Requiem, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, and Orff’s Carmina Burana. The choir is comprised of both music majors and non-music majors.

This choir meets TTh 5:00-7:00

Men’s Choir (MUSC 156 D)

The UBC Men's Choir is the newest ensemble at UBC. This outstanding choir is comprised of, and performs music written for, male voices. Students who love to sing and enjoy music are encouraged to participate.

This ensemble is available for either 2 credits (Music Majors) or 3 credits (non-Music Majors wishing to have a 3 credit elective) and fulfills the “Small Ensemble” requirement for Music Majors.

This choir meets TTh 7:00-9:30pm

Women’s Choir (MUSC 156 D)

The UBC Women's Choir is a large advanced women’s choir. Students with previous choral or musical experience are encouraged to participate!

This ensemble is available for either 2 credits (Music Majors) or 3 credits (non-Music Majors wishing to have a 3 credit elective) and fulfills the “Small Ensemble” requirement for Music Majors.

This choir meets TTh 7:00-9:30pm

Chamber Choir (MUSC 156 A)

The Chamber Choir is a 24-voice mixed ensemble conducting by the masters students in Choral Conducting. This choir performs music from all time periods, including motets, madrigals, etc. Students in music education, who like to be challenged by quality repertoire, or who are interested in conducting their own choirs one day are strongly urged to audition for this ensemble. Previous choral experience is recommended.

This ensemble is available for either 2 credits (Music Majors) or 3 credits (non-Music Majors wishing to have a 3 credit elective) and fulfills the “Small Ensemble” requirement for Music Majors.

This choir meets MW 4:30-6:00

 

 
 

IN THE NEWS

 

WATCH: The University Singers perform Francis Poulenc's "Salve Regina"

 
 

Frequently asked questions


Question: I’m not a music major — can I still sing in the choir?

The UBC Choirs are open to both music majors and non-music majors! Find out more about how you can audition.

Question: Do I have to be able to read music to sing in the choir?

Previous musical experience — such as playing an instrument or singing in a choir — is recommended. In the more advanced ensembles the repertoire is challenging, and in these choirs some music sight-reading skills are necessary. In the other choirs a minimum of having some familiarity with reading musical notation is recommended.

Students with a good ear, a good voice, an eagerness to learn music, but no sight reading experience, will be placed in the appropriate ensemble.

 

 
 

FACULTY PROFILE

Dr. Graeme Langager conducts UBC Choirs
 

 

MORE UBC CHOIRS VIDEOS

 

 

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