Where tradition and talent meet
Affectionately known as "Old Aud," the Old Auditorium has been a training ground for generations of musicians and performers.
At over 80 years old, the Old Aud is one of UBC’s oldest buildings, and is located at the heart of the University’s arts precinct. It has hosted countless dignitaries and events and served as an important social space for student activity and assembly.
After the completed renovation in 2010, the Old Auditorium is now the only 522-seat (plus limited wheel chair spaces) concert hall in Vancouver with a 60-seat orchestra pit, stunning collegial gothic architecture, a shoebox design for exceptional acoustics, excellent site lines and an intimate grandeur rarely found in North American concert halls.
The Old Auditorium’s future will continue to serve its historic purpose as a dedicated performance centre, perfect for classical music and opera, and an outstanding facility for students, alumni, and the entire community, which will help the School of Music continue to lead the way in developing young performers of the highest calibre such as former graduates and opera stars, Ben Heppner and Judith Forst.
The Old Auditorium continues to be the home of the UBC Opera Ensemble and will take its place on campus as a sister theatre to the world-class Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. The Chan Centre, with its 1,200-seat Chan Shun Concert Hall, will continue to provide students with a venue reflecting the larger sized North American theatres; the renovated 580-seat Auditorium complements the Chan by offering the experience of a smaller sized European opera house.
The Old Auditorium is located at 6344 Memorial Road on UBC's Vancouver campus.
Banner image by Brian Hawkes