Want to join a student ensemble?
The School of Music offers instrumental and vocal ensembles ranging from a symphony orchestra to jazz bands to world music groups. Our musicians and choirs perform in superb facilities on campus and at downtown Vancouver locations. Auditions happen every September, are open to all UBC students, and can be taken and repeated for course credit.
Choosing an ensemble
Students can audition for a wide variety of ensembles. Ensemble courses may be taken and repeated for credit, as stipulated by your faculty (if you are unsure, it is your responsibility to consult your faculty). Please be sure to visit the individual ensemble pages before scheduling an audition.
Choral Union (MUSC 154): A large choir open to the entire university.
University Singers (MUSC 153): A smaller choir for good singers with extensive choral experience.
Vocal Chamber Ensembles (MUSC 156): Chamber, women's, men's choirs, for good singers with extensive choral experience.
Chamber Music Ensemble (MUSC 161, 160, 161, 156, 162): Student ensembles explore the rich chamber music repertoire through a diversity of instrumental groupings such as string quartets, wind quintets and various other mixed groupings.
Asian & African Music Ensembles (MUSC 165): There are four sections, a Chinese music ensemble, a Balinese gamelan ensemble, a Korean drumming ensemble and an African Music & Dance ensemble. No specific experience in instruments of these cultures is required to audition.
Early Music Ensemble (MUSC 157): Small ensemble specializing in Western music of the Baroque and earlier, for instrumentalists and singers.
Contemporary Players (MUSC 163): A small ensemble specializing in recent art music, for singers and instrumentalists.
Jazz Ensemble (MUSC 164): For brass, wind, and percussion players.
Opera (MUSC 339)
NOTE: Due to popular demand, auditions for UBC Choirs have been extended. An additional round of LATE AUDITIONS will be held on Tuesday, Sept 10, 7:00-8:30 pm. Scroll down to learn more or sign up here.
Scheduling your audition
All non-music students should register for a backup course until you're admitted to an ensemble. Once you're admitted, you'll need to email email@example.com to officially register (please include your student number).
For all other ensembles and general questions about auditions, contact the School of Music front desk by phone at 604-822-3113 or by email.
Preparing for instrumental auditions
Auditions for 2019W ensembles take place in the first week of classes (Tuesday, September 3 - Friday, September 6). Before signing up for an instrumental audition, please familiarize yourself with the audition requirements for your instrument. Audition excerpts are posted each August. The audition sign-up link is posted below in mid-to-late August.
2019W Large Ensemble Auditions (Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Concert Winds)
Sign up now! Click HERE to schedule your Large Ensemble Audition.
Please note: If available slots for your audition instrument are full OR if you first saw information about ensemble auditions on Imagine Day and have missed the audition date for your instrument, please email Lauren Visel for assistance. Auditions can often be re-scheduled until Friday, September 6. After this date, scheduling late auditions will be done on a case-by-case basis. Thank you for your understanding!
2019W excerpts are below. Download your excerpts here:
Wind, Brass, and Percussion
Preparing for choir auditions
There are five choirs you can audition for: University Singers (MUSC 153), Choral Union (MUSC 154), Women's Choir (MUSC 156a), Men's Choir (MUSC 156b), and Chamber Choir (MUSC 156c).
Auditions last approx. 5-10 mins and are held in the UBC School of Music Building, 4th Floor at the beginning of every fall term.
UBC Choir Auditions 2019
Auditions for placement in one of UBC’s five choirs will be held August 28-September 5.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to popular demand, an additional round of LATE AUDITIONS will be held on Tuesday, Sept 10, 7:00-8:30 pm.
Students wishing to do a placement audition at this time should have previous choral experience (i.e. you sang in your high school choir etc.), or are able to sight read music notation (i.e. you have played piano or another musical instrument).
Placements for sopranos and altos are currently filled; however, we are still populating a waitlist for experienced choral singers.
We are currently still accepting tenors and basses into Choral Union and Men’s Choir.
Please sign up for your LATE AUDITION here.
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