Considered one of the finest programs of its kind in Canada, the UBC Composition Division provides an array of opportunities for the creation, exploration and performance of contemporary music.



Dr. Keith Hamel (Chair)
Composition Faculty

B.Mus | M.Mus. | D.M.A. 

In addition to a variety of course offerings, the division sponsors numerous composition events, including regularly scheduled Student Composer Concerts, seminars, workshops and collaborations with local professional ensembles, performances by the Contemporary Players ensemble, and annual readings sessions by the UBC Symphony Orchestra and the UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble.


WATCH: musica intima performs "Boundless" by composition student
Katerina Gimon (MMus'17)  

The Composition Division also frequently hosts world-renowned guest composers and performing ensembles from across Canada and abroad. The School houses a state-of-the-art electronic music studio for students interested in creating works which involve sound synthesis, digital audio editing, or interactive computer music.

The Composition Division is recognized for its rigorous training at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. It has a long tradition of producing many highly successful, award winning composers. With its distinguished faculty, ample performance opportunities, and the resources of one of North America’s premiere music schools, the UBC Composition Division offers a programme of exceptional quality to students wishing to pursue a career in music composition.






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