Historical repertory and performance
Coordinator: Dr. Alex Fisher
The UBC Early Music Ensemble is a mixed instrumental/vocal ensemble specializing in the performance of music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras. It provides students with an opportunity to approach aspects of historical repertory and performance in an intimate, practical setting.
The ensemble features an exciting new collaboration with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra and Early Music Vancouver: the Baroque Orchestra Mentorship Program, under the direction of the internationally renowned conductor and harpsichordist, Alexander Weimann. This new initiative offers select students the opportunity to rehearse and perform side-by-side with professional Vancouver musicians, developing new skills and experiences that will enrich their training. In addition, the course traditionally accommodates a variety of other chamber ensembles for strings, winds, voice, and keyboard.
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Students in the Early Music Ensemble have access to the School of Music’s extensive collection of period instruments and reproductions, including Baroque strings, violas da gamba, Renaissance and Baroque wind instruments, and harpsichords.
The full-year course includes concerts, weekly rehearsals, and coaching by specialists in voice, strings, winds, and keyboard instruments. Students also benefit from regular masterclasses offered by internationally-known early music performers.
For the academic year, the official course meeting times are Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 to 3:00, although alternative rehearsal times can be scheduled if necessary. Students should expect to rehearse for two hours per week, usually during the officially scheduled course times. Although students are encouraged to register early, final admission is by audition at the beginning of the academic year and will depend on the ensemble’s current needs.
Please contact Alex Fisher for more details.
Banner image: Musicerend gezelschap by Jacob Gole (1670 - 1724) via www.rijksmuseum.nl