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 2017 -2018 Student Performance Engagement List (pdf)
Meet the Performers
Playing some of the Nation’s most beloved fiddle tunes, Micki-Lee’s Trio takes audience on a unique journey through the blending of multiple styles of music. Genre hopping from old-time fiddle, Celtic, bluegrass, swing, gypsy jazz, folk, and country, these musicians ensure that listeners will enjoy a well-rounded performance. Micki-Lee Smith (violin) – from Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta – is passionate about sharing music with others, and has a background of classical training and fiddle performing. A former member of the band The Smith Sisters, Micki-Lee has released two albums and has toured across Canada performing for a variety of events over the past 10 years. She is joined by Jaelem Bhate (drums) and Jacques Forest (bass), both of which are up and coming musicians with diverse musical experience and backgrounds. Together, they bring unique broader influences to the group’s sound, adding deeper jazz harmonies and rhythms to Micki-Lee’s spirited fiddle playing.
The Jaelem Bhate Group
Jaelem Bhate, multi-instrumentalist and conductor, has teamed up with Calgary bassist Jacques Forest, Saskatoon trumpeter Silas Friesen and Kentucky percussionist Aaron Graham, to form this diverse quartet. While each member has a strong individual background of jazz and classical performance, The Jaelem Bhate Group has acquired a distinct sound of its own since its inception a little over a year ago. 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.
Steinway Artist John Stetch has released 15 CDs, is a 6-time Juno Nominee, and has written over 50 compositions for solo piano, jazz combo and more recently some classical chamber formats. Originally from Edmonton, he has worked at the top clubs of New York City including Mezzrow, Smalls, Smoke and the Jazz Standard, played on many continents, toured Canada a dozen times as a leader, and was a member of Rufus Reid’s group for nearly a decade. He taught at Cornell University for several years and was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Competition twice - once as a composer and once as a performer. Stetch is especially interested in bringing classical and jazz together, and fusing ethnic and popular music with his personal jazz stamp. He has recently relocated to Vancouver and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Music in classical Composition at UBC.
Ubuntu String Quartet
The Ubuntu String Quartet specializes in non-conventional repertoire, such as folk tunes and mainstream pop songs in addition to their classical collection. Ubuntu is South African for “human compassion” and also the idiom, “I am what I am through each of us”, which strongly reflects the chemistry the members have. Having known each other for several years, their familiarity with one another stems from the bond forged from countless rehearsals and is translated in their ability to blend as one unit during their performances. Moreover, their repertoire is limitless due to their in-house arranger and cellist, Adrian Pang. Adrian began transcribing music since middle school and the Ubuntu String Quartet offers the perfect opportunity to showcase his many years of work as well as his latest arrangements. With Adrian’s transcribing talent and the members’ quick learning skills, the Ubuntu String Quartet offers a unique experience to a wide range of clientele. They accept song requests from any genre and their musical versatility shines regardless of style. This is their second year on the Student Performance Engagement List and they are excited to continue performing with their extensive repertoire.
Kodiak Brass (not available summer 2018)
Kodiak Brass is the Vancouver-based international collaborative effort of Matheus Moraes (trumpet), Silas Friesen (trumpet), Kristin Ranshaw (horn), Kevin Jackson (trombone), and Tony Taylor (tuba). At home across styles from classical to Star Wars, each of their members are also accomplished performers in their own right, having played with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Petrobras Symphony Orchestra (Brazil), Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra, Band of the Ceremonial Guard, the Royal Canadian Artillery Band, Tommy Banks, Allen Vizzutti, and more. Their flexibility and professionalism is suited well for any events, including weddings, corporate parties, holiday events, and private functions.
Aaron Graham is an award-winning composer, performer, and educator. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Kentucky and a Master’s degree from the University of British Columbia, where he is currently a Doctoral Fellow. As an emerging composer, Aaron won the 2014 PAS International Percussion Composition Contest with his percussion ensemble piece, “Sleeping Bear”. Aaron’s works have been performed across the US and Canada, by professional and university ensembles alike. He has also toured all over North and South America playing the drum set, percussion, and singing with various pop, rock and country groups. An active educator, his teachings and reviews have been published in Percussive Notes magazine, The Instrumentalist, the International Journal of Music and Performing Arts, and at The National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy. He currently resides in Vancouver, BC with his wife Kelly, where he teaches music courses at UBC.
Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Amanda Andrishak studied piano with Professor Emeritus Alexandra Munn, completing her ARCT Piano Performance Diploma and winning first prize at the Alberta Provincial Music Festival in 2015. She also received full tuition to attend the Alberta Pianofest, and has subsequently performed at many Pianofest fundraising events. In 2016, Amanda was accepted into the UBC School of Music with several entrance scholarships, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance under the tutelage of Dr. Terence Dawson. Being a multitalented musician, Amanda also studies violin with Martina Smazal; in 2017 Amanda obtained an Associate Violin Diploma from Conservatory Canada, and she currently plays violin in the UBC Symphony Orchestra.
Amanda enjoys sharing her love of music with others, especially by performing at weddings, receptions, and other special events. Now, she hopes to gain performance experience in Vancouver and prepare for a professional career in music.
Jessica Tovey and Ayunia Saputro first collaborated in 2016, when they were paired together in Dr. Terence Dawson’s collaborative class for piano and voice at the University of British Columbia. After a few rehearsals, it was clear that they were musically compatible, and from there, the beginning of a long collaborative relationship was born. As a duo, they have performed at several voice recitals together under the mentorship of vocal coach Dale Throness and pianist Dr. Terence Dawson. Their goal for this coming year is to explore different genres of music in several different performance settings. With Jessica’s confidence as a singer and violinist, and Ayunia’s flexibility in working with different instruments, they hope to be a multifaceted duo that can cater to many occasions and events. As a newly formed partnership, Jessica and Ayunia hope to grow as musicians and gain more professional experience.
Four on Four String Quartet
The Four on Four String Quartet is a newly formed string quartet comprised of upper year students from the School of Music faculty at The University of British Columbia. Daniel Tsui (violin), Eva Toncheva (violin), Wennie Wei (viola), and Susie Yoo (cello) are all in the midst completing their Bachelor of Music degrees. The members have an extensive amount of chamber music experience ranging from classical to popular music. While the string quartet may be a newly formed group, many of our group members have previous experience with receptions and other events. Special music requests may be accommodated if contacted in advance. The Four on Four String Quartet is confident to perform up to expectations and bring you the many wonders of music!
(Please contact for the most updated repertoire list)
After your event, please let us know how it went!
Send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org, 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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