Hire a student performer

UBC Music students are available to perform for receptions and other events. There is a variety of chamber groups and individual musical offerings for you to choose from on our Student Performance Engagement List.

In order to be included on the list students are required audition and submit a recommendation from their performance teacher. This is an opportunity for students to learn what it is to be a working musician, they negotiate their own fees and work out repertoire and other details relating to the event with you.

Download the Student Performance Engagement List (pdf)


Meet the Performers

UBC Thunder Brass Quintet

The UBC Thunder-Brass Quintet is excited to begin their inaugural season in the Fall of 2016. The group is comprised of students from The University of British Columbia’s School of Music. Jon Yenta (tuba), Amanda Chan (trombone), and Ivy Chao (horn) are completing Bachelor of Music degrees. Candice Newberry (trumpet) has returned to UBC to complete a Masters of Music degree and Katie Clark (trumpet) has begun her studies towards a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. All members have had a wide range of previous chamber music experiences and look forward to exploring repertoire and performance opportunities as a newly formed ensemble. Pre-season rehearsals and reading sessions helped establish our unified sound that we hope to share with many this year.

Thunder Brass Quintet repertoire list

Matt Dupont (Harp)

Matt Dupont is a French-born harpist. He started the harp at the age of 8 and fell in love with the instrument. Before focusing his studies exclusively on the Harp, Matt completed a Bachelor of Musicology at the Paris Sorbonne Paris IV University in 2013. Last year, Matt attended the Soochow University School of Music in Suzhou, China and opened the new harp studio with his teacher Nicolas Tulliez. In January 2015 he won the First Prize at the Clés d’Or contest in France. He chose to continue his studies in Canada and started a Master of Music Performance at the University of British Columbia in September 2015. He is currently studying under the guidance of Heidi Krutzen.

He recently performed with the Vancouver Pop Symphony Orchestra as guest principal harpist at the Chan Centre for Performing Arts. He is sessional principal harpist in the UBC Symphony Orchestra, as well in the UBC Symphony Wind Ensemble. This summer, Matt toured Canada with the prestigious National Youth Orchestra of Canada as principal harpist.


Ubuntu Quartet

The Ubuntu String Quartet is a new string quartet formed this season, by musicians familiar with each other’s style. Ubuntu is South African for “human compassion”, and is also the saying “I am what I am through each of us,” which is an idiom that strongly reflects our chemistry. Some of us have known each other for several years before the creation of this group. Our familiarity with each other has sprouted great chemistry and bonding during our rehearsals and performances. Adrian Pang, the cellist, began transcribing music when he was in middle school, and our quartet is the perfect opportunity to showcase his many years of work. Because of Adrian and our quick learning skills, we are able to offer a very special service to those interested in having us perform. When booking, and if there is enough time before the event, you may request a particular piece of music, from any genre, which Adrian would arrange for our quartet to play at your event. Examples include Skrillex, Dr. Dre, folk songs, video game music, etc. As a new and enthusiastic quartet, we have the confidence to perform spectacular and unique performances with our extensive repertoire.

Ubuntu String Quartet Repertoire List

Ubuntu String Quartet member biographies


Jeff Groh Trio

Jeff Groh, pianist from Hershey, Pennsylvania, teams up with local percussionist and composer Jaelem Bhate, together with bassist Jacques Forest of Calgary to form this diverse trio of musicians. While each member has a strong individual background of jazz and classical performance, The Jeff Groh Trio, since its inception over a year ago, has acquired a sound of its own. The group has experience providing music for receptions, ceremonies, Christmas parties, birthday parties, weddings, and much more. Their repertoire encompasses a broad array of swing and latin-style jazz standards, original compositions, and music appropriate for all seasons of the year.

A sample list of repertoire follows:

Georgia on my Mind, Body and Soul, When You Wish Upon a Star, Autumn Leaves, Take the “A” Train, Recorda-Me, Blue Bossa, Misty, Oleo, Christmas Time is Here, White Christmas


Micki-Lee’s Group (Trio or Quartet)

Playing some of the Nations most beloved fiddle tunes, Micki-Lee’s group takes audiences on a unique journey through the blending of multiple styles of music. Genre hopping from old-time fiddle, to Celtic, bluegrass, swing, gypsy jazz, folk, and country; these musicians ensure listeners will hear a well-rounded performance. Micki-Lee Smith (violin), from Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta is passionate about sharing music with others, and is currently studying Vioin Performance ad UBC. A former member of the band The Smith sisters, Micki-Lee has released two albums and has travelled across Alberta performing for a variety of events for the past 10 years.

Micki-Lee's Group repertoire list

After your event, please let us know how it went!

Send your comments to manager.concerts@ubc.ca, along with the date of your event, the names of the students who performed, event type and venue. Some questions:

  • How well did the student(s) perform?
  • Did the student musician(s) arrive on time, perform appropriate repertoire, bring all necessary equipment with them, and follow instructions on where to be and when to perform?
  • Overall satisfaction: Any questions or concerns?


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