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December 31, 2024

Alexander Fisher

Alexander Fisher

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December 31, 2024

Professor, Early Music & Musicology, Renaissance and Baroque Studies

phone604-822-3524
location_onMusic Building 407

Research Area

Early Music | Musicology
Alex Fisher was appointed to the UBC faculty in 2002, and holds degrees from Northwestern University (BMus 1992), Indiana University (MA 1995), and Harvard University (PhD 2001). His interests include German music of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, ritual contexts for sacred music in the ea...Read more

Research Area

Early Music | Musicology

Anabel Maler

Anabel Maler

She/Her

Assistant Professor, Music Theory

Research Area

Music Theory
Dr. Anabel Maler is a scholar of music theory with interests in music and disability studies, music in Deaf culture, music perception, embodiment and gesture, post-tonal form, and the intersections of music theory, musicology, and ethnomusicology. Anabel was born outside of Ottawa, Ontario, and rece...Read more

Research Area

Music Theory

Andrea Grant

Andrea Grant

Lecturer, Opera, Voice

phone604-822-3113

Research Area

Voice & Opera
Andrea Grant is the Head of Music Staff for Wexford Festival Opera, principal coach of University of Toronto Opera, and a member of the music staff of the Canadian Opera Company and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. She has also worked with Opera Omaha, Calgary Opera, Opera Atelier, Tapestry Opera, The ...Read more

Research Area

Voice & Opera

Brandon Konoval

Brandon Konoval

Associate Professor of Teaching, School of Music and Arts One Program

phone604-822-5687
location_onOld Auditorium 206B

Research Area

Music Theory
I hold a cross-appointment with the UBC School of Music and the UBC Arts One program, where I have taught since 1999. My research engages with intellectual and cultural history, with particular attention to music studies in several domains, the history and philosophy of science and technology, and t...Read more

Research Area

Music Theory

Claudio Vellutini

Claudio Vellutini

Associate Professor, Musicology

phone604-822-6795
location_onMusic Building 423

Research Area

Musicology
Claudio Vellutini joined the UBC School of Music in 2016. His research interests focus on the cultural and reception history of nineteenth-century Italian opera, its dissemination in the Austrian Empire, historiography, performers and performance practice, and staging. He has published essays and re...Read more

Research Area

Musicology

Corey Hamm

Corey Hamm

Professor, Piano and Chamber Music

phone604-822-3522
location_onMusic Building 307

Research Area

Keyboard
Pianist Corey Hamm has established a unique musical profile performing widely in North America and in Asia as both soloist and chamber musician. His CD of Frederic Rzewski’s hour-long solo piano epic The People United Will Never Be Defeated! (Redshift Records TK431)  won Spotify's Best Classica...Read more

Research Area

Keyboard

David Fung

David Fung

Associate Director, Graduate
Associate Professor, Piano and Chamber Music
Curator Spirio Piano Series at the Chan Centre

phone778 300 3017
location_onMusic Building 309

Research Area

Keyboard
Praised for his “ravishing and simply gorgeous” performances in the The Washington Post, pianist David Fung is widely recognized for interpretations that are elegant and refined, yet intensely poetic and uncommonly expressive. Mr. Fung regularly appears with the world’s premier ensembles inclu...Read more

Research Area

Keyboard

David Gillham

David Gillham

Associate Professor, Violin

phone604-827-2035
location_onMusic Building 322

Research Area

Strings
David Gillham has an extensive solo and chamber music career, having performed throughout Asia, Europe, the Americas and South Africa. He has performed in major venues such as Tokyo’s Opera City and Bunka Kaiken Recital Halls, Baxter Concert Hall in Cape Town SA and the Chicago Cultural Centre, as...Read more

Research Area

Strings
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June 30, 2025

David Metzer

David Metzer

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June 30, 2025

Chair, Musicology Division
Professor of Musicology

phone604-822-2246
location_onMusic Building 403

Research Area

Musicology
David Metzer’s work explores a range of twentieth and twenty-first century styles, including classical, popular music, and jazz. He is currently working on a book dealing with how musicians have confronted the toll of incarceration in American society from the 1920s to the present day. Dr. Metzer...Read more

Research Area

Musicology

Dorothy Chang

Dorothy Chang

Professor, Composition

phone604-822-3406
location_onMusic Building 315

Research Area

Composition
Described as "evocative and kaleidoscopic” (Seattle Times) the music of composer Dorothy Chang often reflects the eclectic mix of musical influences from her youth, ranging from popular and folk music to elements of traditional Chinese music.  Many of her works are inspired by place, time, memor...Read more

Research Area

Composition

Dylan Robinson

Dylan Robinson

Associate Professor

phone604-822-3113
location_onMusic Building 447
Dylan Robinson is a xwélmexw (Stó:lō/Skwah) artist, curator and writer. From 2015-2022 he was the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts at Queen’s University. Dr. Robinson’s curatorial work includes the international touring exhibition Soundings (2019-2025) co-curated with Candice Hopkins....Read more
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September 1, 2024

Ève Poudrier

Ève Poudrier

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September 1, 2024

Assistant Professor, Music Theory
Lead PI, Rhythm Research Cluster

phone604-822-9193
location_onMusic Building 415

Research Area

Music Theory
I completed my doctoral studies in music theory at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). My Ph.D. dissertation “Toward a General Theory of Polymeter: Polymetric Potential and Realization in Elliott Carter’s Solo and Chamber Instrumental Works After 1980” presented a co...Read more

Research Area

Music Theory

Graeme Langager

Graeme Langager

Director of Choral Activities

phone604-822-6792
location_onMusic Building 417

Research Area

Conducting | Voice & Opera
Graeme Langager is Director of Choral Activities at the University of British Columbia School of Music. A passionate and dynamic conductor, Dr. Langager is sought-after as a clinician, adjudicator, educator and guest conductor. He has performed throughout Europe and across North America, appearing i...Read more

Research Area

Conducting | Voice & Opera

Hedy Law

Hedy Law

Acting Director, UBC School of Music
Associate Professor, Musicology

phone604-822-5436
location_onMusic Building 206

Research Area

Musicology
Dr. Hedy Law is Acting Director and Associate Professor of Musicology at the University of British Columbia (UBC) School of Music. She received her Ph.D. in Music Theory and History at the University of Chicago in 2007 and has published in the Journal of Musicology, Journal of the American Musicolog...Read more

Research Area

Musicology

Hyejung Jun

Hyejung Jun

Assistant Professor, Choral Conducting

phone604 822 3468
location_onUBC Music Building, Room 405

Research Area

Conducting | Voice & Opera
Dr. Hyejung Jun joins the University of British Columbia as Assistant Professor of Choral Conducting after completing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She earned her Master of Music degrees from Yonsei University in Korea and Emory Univ...Read more

Research Area

Conducting | Voice & Opera

J. Patrick Raftery

J. Patrick Raftery

Associate Professor, Voice

phone604-822-3460
location_onMusic Building 409

Research Area

Voice & Opera
J. Patrick Raftery was a teenager when he sang for Opera Star George London (then General Director of the Washington Opera) who personally encouraged his musical studies in voice and opera. While still in High School Mr. Raftery was invited to audit the Wolf Trap Summer Opera Program where he met hi...Read more

Research Area

Voice & Opera

J. S. Kofi Gbolonyo

J. S. Kofi Gbolonyo

Lecturer in African Music and African Studies
Director, UBC African Music and Dance

phone604-827-3259
location_onOld Auditorium 206 A

Research Area

Ethnomusicology
Dr. Kofi J. S. Gbolonyo joined the UBC School of Music as a Visiting Assistant Professor in September 2009, soon after completing his Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology with a Graduate Certificate in African Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Since joining the UBC faculty, he has been teaching graduate ...Read more

Research Area

Ethnomusicology

Jasper Wood

Jasper Wood

Chair, Strings Division
Professor, Violin and Chamber Music

phone604-827-5628
location_onMusic Building 308

Research Area

Strings
“Wood is always a joy to hear.” –Gramophone Canadian violinist Jasper Wood has established a flourishing reputation as a soloist through his frequent performances with many of North America’s finest orchestras, in cities such as Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, Buffalo, and throughout Europe. H...Read more

Research Area

Strings

Jonathan Girard

Jonathan Girard

Director, Orchestral Activities
Associate Professor, Conducting and Ensembles

phone604-827-5307
location_onMusic Building 324

Research Area

Conducting
American-born conductor Jonathan Girard is one of the rising stars of his generation. A passionate musician committed to engaging audiences with thrilling performances, he continues to gain a reputation as a musical force equally versed in symphonic repertoire, opera, and new music. As the Director...Read more

Research Area

Conducting
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December 31, 2024

Jose Franch-Ballester

Jose Franch-Ballester

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December 31, 2024

Associate Professor, Clarinet and Chamber Music

phone604-822-3824
location_onMusic Building 316
The multi-award-winning Spanish clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester (FrAHnk Bai-yess-TAIR) is considered one of the finest classical soloists and chamber music artists of his generation. He has been hailed for his “technical wizardry and tireless enthusiasm” (The New York Times), his “rich, reso...Read more

Keith Hamel

Keith Hamel

Chair, Composition Division
Professor, Composition
Director, Computer Music Studio

phone604-822-6308
location_onMusic Building 317

Research Area

Composition
Keith Hamel is both a composer and computer music specialist. Dr. Hamel writes acoustic and electroacoustic music, and has been awarded many prizes in both media. Many of his recent compositions focus on the interaction between live performers and computer-controlled electronics. He has been commiss...Read more

Research Area

Composition

Krisztina Szabó

Krisztina Szabó

Assistant Professor, Voice and Opera

Research Area

Voice & Opera
Hungarian-Canadian mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó is highly sought after in both North America and Europe as an artist of supreme musicianship and stagecraft, and has become known for her promotion and performance of contemporary Canadian works. Among her many laudatory reviews, Opera Canada declare...Read more

Research Area

Voice & Opera

Laurel Parsons

Laurel Parsons

Lecturer, Music Theory & Aural Skills
Co-ordinator, Aural Skills

location_onMusic Building 441

Research Area

Music Theory
Since retiring as Teaching Professor in the University of Alberta Department of Music, I have returned to UBC full-time where I teach courses in aural skills and music theory, including film music analysis, gender and music theory, and analysis of text-music relations. As a music theorist, my res...Read more

Research Area

Music Theory

Leigh VanHandel

Leigh VanHandel

Chair, Music Theory Division
Associate Professor, Music Theory

phone604-822-5287
location_onMusic Building 419

Research Area

Music Theory
My primary research areas are music theory pedagogy, music cognition, the relationship between music and language, computer-assisted research, and how those things all relate to one another. My scholarship seeks to understand how music works and how humans process music; this allows me to help other...Read more

Research Area

Music Theory

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson

Chair of the Keyboard Division; Associate Professor, Piano, Piano Pedagogy

phone604-827-2532
location_onMusic Building 311

Research Area

Keyboard
In a world where transient glitter is often mistaken for pianistic excellence, Anderson offered that rare commodity: an ability to speak through music without hint of artifice. – The Washington Post A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, pianist Mark Anderson’s recordings and performances hav...Read more

Research Area

Keyboard

Michael Tenzer

Michael Tenzer

Professor, Ethnomusicology
Director, Balinese Gamelan Ensemble

phone604-822-3405
location_onOld Auditorium 206a

Research Area

Ethnomusicology
My home in the School of Music is in the Ethnomusicology division, and my musical interests span the globe, but my activities cover all of the kinds of things musicians do: performance, composition, research, teaching and mentoring, analyzing, thinking and writing about music, promoting interest in ...Read more

Research Area

Ethnomusicology

Nancy Hermiston

Nancy Hermiston

Chair, Voice and Opera Division Director, UBC Opera Ensemble

phone604-822-8246
location_onOld Auditorium 305

Research Area

Voice & Opera
Nancy Hermiston’s operatic career has taken her throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. Her New York debut took place in Carnegie Hall with Marilyn Horne and Mario Bernardi. Her European début led to a permanent engagement with the prestigious Nürnberg Opera. She has held numerous appoi...Read more

Research Area

Voice & Opera

Nathan Hesselink

Nathan Hesselink

Professor, Ethnomusicology

phone604-827-3259
location_onOld Auditorium 206b

Research Area

Ethnomusicology
My research broadly encompasses the topic of rhythmic play and social meaning, firstly in South Korean traditional percussion genres and more recently in North American and British rock music. I received my Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of London, SOAS, and was a postdoctoral research...Read more

Research Area

Ethnomusicology

Rena Sharon

Rena Sharon

Professor, Collaborative Piano

phone604-822-3409
location_onMusic Building 321

Research Area

Keyboard
Born in Montreal, Canada, Rena Sharon began her life in chamber music at the age of eight. Her early studies were with Professor Dorothy Morton, and she continued her training at the Eastman School and Indiana University. Principal teachers were Menahem Pressler and Gyorgy Sebok, Janos Starker, and ...Read more

Research Area

Keyboard

Robert Komaniecki

Robert Komaniecki

He/Him

Lecturer, Music Theory

phone604-822-3113

Research Area

Music Theory
Dr. Robert Komaniecki is a passionate musician, communicator, and educator. Born and raised in Minnesota, USA, Robert earned his B.A. and M.A. in music theory from the University of Minnesota. Robert received his PhD in music theory with a minor in music history from Indiana University. Robert enjo...Read more

Research Area

Music Theory

Robert Taylor

Robert Taylor

Director of Bands
Chair, Wind Brass & Percussion
Professor, Conducting & Ensembles

phone604-827-5474
location_onMusic Building 319
Robert Taylor is Professor of Music and Director of Bands at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, where he conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting, and serves as Chair of the Woodwind Brass and Percussion Division. With a career in music ed...Read more

Ryan Davis

Ryan Davis

He/Him

Assistant Professor, Viola

location_onMusic Building 306

Research Area

Strings
“A violist unlike any other” (Stir Vancouver), Canadian Ryan Davis has swiftly emerged as a singular creative force. Davis commands praise for his presence as a composer-performer under the moniker Radia, unifying his extensive classical training with the inspiration of folk, electronic, and h...Read more

Research Area

Strings

T. Patrick Carrabré

T. Patrick Carrabré

Professor, Composition
Director, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

phone604 822-1581
location_onChan Centre

Research Area

Composition
T. Patrick Carrabré has been active as a composer, administrator, educator, radio host and conductor. For well over a decade, he worked closely with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, including six seasons as composer-in-residence and co-curator of the orchestra’s New Music Festival. Also active in...Read more

Research Area

Composition
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June 28, 2025

Valerie Whitney

Valerie Whitney

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June 28, 2025

Assistant Professor, Horn

phone604-822-2598
location_onMusic Building 304
Dr. Valerie Whitney was appointed to the faculty at the UBC School of Music in 2018, where she is now Assistant Professor, Horn and Brass Area Coordinator. Dr. Whitney has been performing in and around the Chicagoland area for over a decade. She regularly appears with some of the nation’s most est...Read more
Adjunct Faculty

Aaron McDonald

Aaron McDonald

Adjunct Professor, Percussion/Timpani

Aaron McDonald is Principal Timpanist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Classical Tahoe Orchestra. Prior to joining the VSO he was timpanist with the West Virginia Symphony. Aaron has performed and toured with the Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, Buffal...Read more

Chloe Meyers

Chloe Meyers

Adjunct Professor, Baroque Orchestra Mentorship Programme

phone604-822-3113
location_onMusic Building

Research Area

Early Music
Violinist Chloe Meyers is a regular guest leader and orchestra member of baroque ensembles all over North America. She has worked with ensembles including Les Violons du Roy, Tafelmusik, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Les Boreades, the Theatre of Early Music, Les Idées Heureuses, and Les...Read more

Research Area

Early Music

Christie Reside

Christie Reside

Adjunct Professor, Flute

phone604-822-3113
location_onMusic Building Room 320
Christie Reside began her career in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra as Second Flute at the age of 19. She received her formal training with Timothy Hutchins at McGill University in Montreal, and continued her training with Lise Daoust, Marina Piccinini, and Patrick Gallois at the Banff Centre for t...Read more

Dylan Palmer

Dylan Palmer

Adjunct Professor, Double Bass

phone604-754-3523

Research Area

Strings
Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dylan Palmer joined the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) as Principal Double Bass in 2010. Prior to joining the VSO, Dylan was a member of the New World Symphony, in Miami Beach, Florida. Dylan has participated in numerous music festivals including Tanglewo...Read more

Research Area

Strings

Elizabeth Volpé Bligh

Elizabeth Volpé Bligh

Adjunct Professor, Harp

phone604-822-3113
604-622-1700
location_onMusic Building

Research Area

Strings
Elizabeth Volpé Bligh was the Vancouver Symphony’s Principal Harpist for 35 years (1982 - 2018), after 6 seasons (1976 -1982) as the Principal Harpist of the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra. A graduate of University of Toronto’s Bachelor of Music program in 1975, she studied with Judy Loman...Read more

Research Area

Strings

Emilie Grimes

Emilie Grimes

Adjunct Professor, Viola

Research Area

Strings

Research Area

Strings

Geronimo (Nimo) Mendoza

Geronimo (Nimo) Mendoza

He/Him/His

Adjunct Professor, Oboe

Whether performing La Boheme with the Vancouver Opera, Le Sacre du printemps with the Vancouver Symphony, collaborating with ethnical performers from various latitudes with the Vancouver Intercultural Orchestra, or exploring the most avant-garde trends with the Vancouver New Music ensemble, oboist G...Read more

Ilan Morgenstern

Ilan Morgenstern

Sessional Lecturer, Bass Trombone

location_onMusic Building 323
Born in Rehovot, Israel, Ilan Morgenstern is hailed by the International Trombone Association Journal for his “rhythmically driving, technically flawless, and unfailingly dynamic and exciting" playing. Currently the Bass Trombonist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Morgenstern has also been ...Read more

Larry Knopp

Larry Knopp

Adjunct Professor, Trumpet

phone604-822-3113
location_onMusic Building 325
Larry Knopp began his career as acting principal trumpet of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at the age of 20. He has also held positions as principal trumpet with Orchestra London, the Hamilton Philharmonic, and the Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra, and is currently principal trumpet of the Vancouver...Read more

Marea Chernoff

Marea Chernoff

Adjunct Professor, Oboe

An active freelance musician based out of Vancouver, Marea Chernoff is principal oboe with the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra and frequently performs with various orchestras and ensembles. Part of her orchestral work has included the opportunity to perform several oboe solos and concertos. Marea has pl...Read more

Natalie Mackie

Natalie Mackie

Adjunct Professor, Baroque Orchestra Mentorship Programme

phone604-822-3113
location_onMusic Building

Research Area

Early Music
Natalie Mackie studied cello at the Conservatoire de Musique (Québec), followed by a degree from the School of Music, University of British Columbia. While at UBC she was introduced to the viola da gamba, and following graduation, she pursued further studies at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The ...Read more

Research Area

Early Music

Peder MacLellan

Peder MacLellan

Adjunct Professor, Tuba

phone604-822-3113
location_onMusic Building Room 318
Peder MacLellan is Principal Tuba with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and a sessional lecturer at UBC where he teaches low brass and coaches chamber ensembles. In the past, Peder has been principal tuba with the South Bend and Lafayette Symphony Orchestras, and was the Associate Instructor of Tuba...Read more

Serra Hwang

Serra Hwang

Adjunct Professor, Composition

Research Area

Composition
Serra Hwang was born in Seoul, Korea and received her education in the United States. She received her MA and DMA in Composition from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Musical awards include the performance of her orchestral piece Pinari by the Hallé Orchestra for the BBC (British Broadcasting...Read more

Research Area

Composition

Sharman King

Sharman King

Adjunct Professor, Brass Chamber Music

phone604-822-3113
location_onMusic Building
Bass trombonist Sharman King (BMus’70) has enjoyed a long and varied career in Western Canada. While attending UBC he was a member of the legendary Cave Theatre Orchestra house band under Fraser MacPherson. After graduating from The University of British Columbia in 1970 Mr. King joined the Buddy ...Read more

Sophie Dansereau

Sophie Dansereau

Adjunct Professor, Bassoon

A passionate performer, known for her “deftly realized” and “lyrical” playing (Globe and Mail), Sophie Dansereau is assistant-principal bassoon and contrabassoon for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Born in Sorel-Tracy Quebec, Sophie’s talent and virtuosity stood out from the very start o...Read more

Vern Griffiths

Vern Griffiths

Adjunct Professor, Percussion

phone604-822-3113
Percussionist Vern Griffiths is one of the prominent players in Vancouver’s musical community. He joined the Vancouver Symphony as Principal Percussionist in 1997, and is also a member of the CBC Radio Orchestra, and the new music groups Standing Wave and Turning Point Ensemble. He can be heard on...Read more

Wenwen Du

Wenwen Du

she/her

Adjunct Professor, Opera Coach

Research Area

Voice & Opera
Wenwen Du (she/her) is one of Canada’s most accomplished young pianists. Acclaimed for her “strong and perceptive pianism,” she is a renowned solo and collaborative pianist. Du has most frequently appeared in concert with tenor Ian Bostridge, earning international acclaim for their recitals...Read more

Research Area

Voice & Opera
Sessional Faculty

Alan Matheson

Alan Matheson

Sessional Lecturer, Trumpet and Jazz Piano

phone604-822-3113
location_onMusic Building 318
Alan Matheson is a Vancouver-based pianist, trumpeter, composer and arranger. He teaches at the music schools of the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Community College where he is an instructor in jazz piano and trumpet and at the Vancouver Symphony School of Music where he lectures in j...Read more

Alec Pearson

Alec Pearson

Sessional Lecturer, Guitar

location_onOld Auditorium 304

Research Area

Strings
Alec Pearson enjoys a career based in Vancouver where he currently serves as sessional instructor of guitar at the University of British Columbia. Alec has performed both solo and in ensemble across Canada, Spain, Colombia, Greece and the U.S. He currently serves as president of the “Vancouver Cla...Read more

Research Area

Strings

Alexander Weimann

Alexander Weimann

Sessional Lecturer, Conducting and Harpsichord
Baroque Orchestra Mentorship Programme

location_onMusic Building 400 C
Alexander Weimann is one of the most sought-after ensemble directors, soloists, and chamber music partners of his generation. After traveling the world with ensembles like Tragicomedia, and as frequent guest with Cantus Köln, the Freiburger Barockorchester, Gesualdo Consort and Tafelmusik, he now f...Read more

Amanda Chan

Amanda Chan

Sessional Lecturer, Piano

phone604-822-5739
location_onMusic Building 309 / 323

Research Area

Keyboard
Amanda Chan has achieved recognition in her career as concert pianist, teacher, lecturer, adjudicator and examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She has given concerts and masterclasses in Canada, USA, China and Europe as a soloist and chamber player. Born and raised in Vancouver, ...Read more

Research Area

Keyboard

Andrew Poirier

Andrew Poirier

Sessional Lecturer, Trombone

phone604-822-3113
location_onMusic Building
Andrew Poirier hails from Lewisporte, Newfoundland and began his musical studies in the Salvation Army. After earning a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of British Columbia, he continued his education at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music earning a Master of Music Degree in Orchestr...Read more

Ben Henriques

Ben Henriques

He/Him/His

Sessional Lecturer, Jazz

location_onMusic Building
Julian Award nominee and saxophonist Ben Henriques has performed with Joe Lovano, Ben Monder, Jim McNeely, Father John Misty, Hey Ocean! and more. Originally from Vancouver, Ben cut his teeth in the Montreal jazz-scene, and returned to make Vancouver his home. His original tunes have been described ...Read more

Brenda Fedoruk

Brenda Fedoruk

Sessional Lecturer, Flute

phone604-822-3407
location_onMusic Building 325
Brenda Fedoruk is currently Principal Flute of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, a position she has held for more than 15 years. As a longtime member (Flute and Piccolo) of the CBC Radio Orchestra, she was also the Musicians’ Contractor until the orchestra’s disbanding in 2008. A busy freelance pla...Read more

Christina Hutten

Christina Hutten

Sessional Lecturer, Musicology
Director, Early Music Ensembles

phone604-822-3113
location_onMusic Building

Research Area

Early Music
As both a scholar and performer, Christina Hutten is committed to helping students integrate their academic and practical studies. She is passionate about public musicology, sharing music history with audiences from diverse backgrounds through online courses, pre-concert chats, and program notes and...Read more

Research Area

Early Music

Dale Throness

Dale Throness

Sessional Lecturer, Voice

phone604-822-3113
location_onMusic Building 326 / 328

Research Area

Voice & Opera
Lyric Baritone Dale Throness, a native of Grande Prairie, Alberta, received his early musical training in Winnipeg and subsequently obtained his Master of Music in Voice Performance at the University of British Columbia. Post-graduate studies were undertaken at the Vancouver Academy of Music and the...Read more

Research Area

Voice & Opera

Edward Top

Edward Top

Sessional Lecturer, Composition

Research Area

Composition
Composer Edward Top studied composition and violin at the Rotterdam Conservatoire in The Netherlands. He primarily studied with Peter-Jan Wagemans, but also worked with Klaas de Vries, Peter Eötvös, Pierre Boulez, and Luciano Berio. After living and traveling in the Far East for several years h...Read more

Research Area

Composition

Gloria Wong

Gloria Wong

Sessional Lecturer
Director Chinese Music Ensemble

location_onAsian Centre 105

Research Area

Ethnomusicology
Gloria Wong is an ethnomusicologist and Chinese music specialist. She has worked in many roles to promote Chinese instrumental music in Vancouver, including teacher, scholar, conductor, arranger and administrator. From 2012 to 2020, she served as the Artistic Director of the British Columbia Youth C...Read more

Research Area

Ethnomusicology

Ingrid Chiang

Ingrid Chiang

Sessional Lecturer, Bassoon

phone604-822-3113
location_onMusic Building
Ingrid Chiang, a Taiwanese-born Canadian, moved to Vancouver at age 15. She started her piano study at age 5 and bassoon at age 12. Ingrid studied at University of British Columbia School of Music with Jesse Read, and later at the Vancouver Academy of Music with Christopher Millard. Ms. Chiang is...Read more

James Littleford

James Littleford

Sessional Lecturer, Class Brass

phone604-822-3113
Jim Littleford is a very active freelance musician in Vancouver. He has played trumpet with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra since 1981 as well as extra trumpet with the Vancouver Symphony and the C.B.C. Vancouver Orchestra. In chamber music Jim plays with A Touch Of Brass quintet and the Kwantlen Coll...Read more

Jennifer Butler

Jennifer Butler

Sessional Lecturer

Research Area

Composition

Research Area

Composition

Jeremy Berkman

Jeremy Berkman

Sessional Instructor, Trombone
Chamber Music Coach

phone604-822-3113
location_onMusic Building 318
Jeremy Berkman earned a BA in Economics and a BMus from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music. After receiving his MMus from the Juilliard school, and working at the Aspen Music School for several summers, Mr. Berkman came to Canada to study at the Banff Centre, where he developed projects with ...Read more

Julia Nolan

Julia Nolan

Sessional Lecturer, Saxophone

phone604-822-3529
location_onMusic Building 312
Dr. Julia Nolan maintains an active performing schedule committed to promoting new works for saxophone.  She has commissioned works by many Canadian composers including Stephen Chatman, Keith Hamel, Colin MacDonald, Robert Pritchard, Nicolas Scherzinger, Jacquie Leggatt, Hope Lee, Fred Stride, N...Read more

Julia Ulehla

Julia Ulehla

Sessional Lecturer

location_onOld Auditorium 206

Research Area

Ethnomusicology
Artist-scholar Julia Ulehla’s critical/creative practice-based research lies at the intersection of experimental and improvised music, Slavic folk song, research-creation, and ethnomusicology. Julia earned a PhD in ethnomusicology from UBC, where she was recipient of the Killam Doctoral Scholarshi...Read more

Research Area

Ethnomusicology

Marisa Gaetanne

Marisa Gaetanne

Sessional Lecturer, Voice

phone604-822-3407
location_onMusic Building 326

Research Area

Voice & Opera
Sessional Lecturer and Voice Lyric coloratura soprano, Marisa Gaetanne has sung in opera, oratorio and recitals in Europe, Canada and the United States. She studied extensively in Italy, England (on a Canada Council award) and the United States, and has a background of French immersion (Montréal), ...Read more

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Voice & Opera

Michael Dirk

Michael Dirk

Sessional Lecturer, Organ

location_onMusic Building

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Keyboard
As one of Vancouver’s more active and versatile organists, Michael Dirk is equally at home offering solo concerts, accompanying the many fine choirs/ensembles of the region, improvising an entertaining accompaniment to a silent film, or serving liturgically in various worship styles. During his BM...Read more

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Keyboard

Michelle Anderson

Michelle Anderson

Sessional Lecturer, Clarinet

location_onMusic Building 325
Michelle Anderson is a clarinetist and teacher who lives in Vancouver BC. She has been a professional performer and teacher for over 30 years and plays regularly with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, Lionsgate Sinfonia, and the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble. She has studied the clarinet at Universit...Read more

Miranda Wong

Miranda Wong

Sessional Lecturer, Piano

phone604-822-6792
location_onMusic Building 309 / 323

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Keyboard
As solo recitalist, chamber musician, and teacher, Miranda Wong is equally at home with the music of the traditional classical repertoire as well as with the complexities of the contemporary idiom. Her solo career has taken her to stages across Canada, the United States, England, and on many occasi...Read more

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Keyboard

Paolo Bortolussi

Paolo Bortolussi

Sessional Lecturer, Flute & Chamber Music
Director, UBC Contemporary Players

phone604-822-3113
Flutist Paolo Bortolussi is a soloist, chamber artist, and new music pioneer. Raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, he has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician across Canada, the US and abroad. A specialist in contemporary music, Paolo is the flutist and co-director of the Nu:BC Collective, a new mu...Read more

Patricia Hoy

Patricia Hoy

Sessional Lecturer, Piano Chamber Music

phone604-822-6128
location_onMusic Building 309 / 325

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Keyboard
Pianist Patricia Hoy has gained attention and critical acclaim as a soloist and chamber musician. From a young age she has concertized throughout Canada and the United States and most recently has been invited to tour Asia, India as well as a return tour to Alaska. Winner of numerous competitions, h...Read more

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Keyboard

Peter Barcza

Peter Barcza

Sessional Lecturer, Voice

phone604-822-3531
location_onMusic Building 411

Research Area

Voice & Opera
Sessional Lecturer Voice Peter Barcza is one of Canada’s most versatile baritones and has won critical acclaim, both nationally and internationally, in a wide range of repertoire. He graduated from the Opera Department of the University of Toronto where he was a student of the renowned Canadian ba...Read more

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Voice & Opera

Ryan Swaryandana

Ryan Swaryandana

He/Him/His

Sessional Lecturer

location_onAsian Centre, Room 105

Research Area

Ethnomusicology
I Putu Swaryandana Ichi Oka (he/him), known as Ryan, is originally from Tabanan, and grew up in Ubud, Bali. Since he was young, he studied Balinese gamelan music, culminating in a B.A. (2019) and M.A. (2022) from the Indonesian Institute of the Arts in Denpasar. He is also a member of Cudamani, a we...Read more

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Ethnomusicology

Stephanie Nakagawa

Stephanie Nakagawa

She/Her/Hers

Sessional Instructor, Voice

Research Area

Voice & Opera
Biography for Dr. Nakagawa is coming soon!

Research Area

Voice & Opera

Susan Chai

Susan Chai

Sessional Lecturer, Class Piano

phone604-822-3113

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Keyboard
Ms. Chai holds degrees of Bachelor of Music from UBC, and Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Michigan. Her teachers include Mary Tickner, Bob Rogers, Joanne Smith and Arthur Greene. From 1996 to 1999, she taught and served as the Associate Director, at the Pi...Read more

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Keyboard

Zhimin Yu

Zhimin Yu

Conductor, Chinese Music Ensemble

Research Area

Ethnomusicology

Research Area

Ethnomusicology
Emeriti

Alan Thrasher

Alan Thrasher

Professor Emeritus of Music (2005), Chinese Music, Organology and Semiotics and Asian musical performance

phone604-822-2331
Alan Thrasher began his study of East Asian music during the late 1970s, following earlier training in Baroque music performance, notably with LaNoue Davenport and other musicians in New York, upon which he became particularly interested in questions of ornamentation for recorder flutes and harpsich...Read more

Andrew Dawes

Andrew Dawes

Professor Emeritus of Music (2005), Violin
(1940-2022)

Violinist, ANDREW DAWES was born in High River, Alberta. He has been acclaimed as recitalist, chamber musician and soloist throughout North and South America, Europe and the Orient, and been celebrated as “one of the most distinguished violinists Canada has ever produced” (Ottawa Citizen). After...Read more

Gregory Butler

Gregory Butler

Professor Emeritus of Music (2011), Musicology

Gregory Butler joined the faculty in 1973 after two years as Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, where he studied with Christoph Wolff. He was winner of the first Canada Council Doctoral Dissertation Prize and a Canada-Belgium Exchange Fellowship. He spent 1984-85 and 1990-91 in Berlin as a Von...Read more

J. Evan Kreider

J. Evan Kreider

Professor Emeritus of Music (2007), Musicology

Musicologist and music historian J. Evan Krieder began teaching at the UBC School of Music in 1975. Kreider’s research encompassed studies of Renaissance chant, early music notation, recension of manuscript and printed sources, liturgical music, and the editing of Renaissance and Baroque keyboa...Read more

James Fankhauser

James Fankhauser

Professor Emeritus of Music (2000), Voice & Choral Conducting
Former Director, UBC University Singers

James Fankhauser was a professor of voice and choral conducting until 2000. He directed the UBC University Singers for many years during which time the group won several singing competitions, including the CBC National Radio Competition in 1994, which led to the BBC’s International Radio Competiti...Read more

Jane Coop

Jane Coop

Professor Emerita of Music (2012), Piano

Pianist Jane Coop, one of Canada’s most distinguished artists, has toured extensively throughout North America, Asia and Europe, performing in such halls as Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, the Kennedy Center, Roy Thomson Hall, Salle Gaveau, the Singapore Cultural Center, and the Bolshoi Zal of St. P...Read more

Jesse Read

Jesse Read

Professor Emeritus of Music (2015), Bassoon
Former Director, UBC School of Music (1996 - 2007)
Former Music Director, UBC Symphony Orchestra (1990-2008)

Jesse Read has served as Principal Bassoon of the Pacific Baroque and Carmel Bach Festival Orchestras, Metropolitan Opera National Company, San Francisco Opera, Spring Opera, and North Hollands Symphony Orchestra, as well as the CBC Curio Ensemble and Vancouver Chamber Winds. A specialist in 18th-ce...Read more

John Roeder

John Roeder

Professor Emeritus of Music (2023), Music Theory

Research Area

Music Theory
As a music theorist and analyst, I describe ways that people conceive of music, and how music is heard to organize time coherently, expressively, and meaningfully. I concentrate on music of special relevance today: recent works by contemporary composers in the Western art-music tradition and the “...Read more

Research Area

Music Theory

Martin Berinbaum

Martin Berinbaum

Professor Emeritus of Music (2008), Trumpet
Former Director, UBC Bands

Professor Berinbaum retired from the full time faculty in 2008 after 32 years of service to the University and the music culture of British Columbia. Professor Berinbaum was born in Philadelphia but spent his first 18 years in Bakersfield, California. He graduated from the University of Southern ...Read more

Robert Pritchard

Robert Pritchard

Professor Emeritus of Music (2024)
Music Technology, Composition

Research Area

Composition
Professor Emeritus, Bob Pritchard taught music technology in acoustic, electroacoustic, and interactive media as well as with film/video, dance, and installation art at UBC. He has received several awards and commissions through the The Canada Council, the BC Cultural Fund, the Ontario Arts Council ...Read more

Research Area

Composition

Robert Silverman

Robert Silverman

Professor Emeritus of Music (2003), Piano
Former Director, UBC School of Music (1991 - 1995)

In a career spanning more than five decades, Robert Silverman has climbed every peak of serious pianism: lauded performances of the complete sonata cycles by Beethoven and Mozart; concerts in prestigious halls across the globe; orchestral appearances with many of the world’s greatest conductors; a...Read more

Stephen Chatman

Stephen Chatman

Professor Emeritus of Music (2021)
Former Head of Composition

One of Canada’s most frequently performed composers, Stephen Chatman, C.M., D.M.A. was Professor and Head of Composition at the University of British Columbia School of Music. He retired in 2021. He has received many composition awards, including 2005, 2006, 2010, and 2020 Western Canadian Music ...Read more

Terence Dawson

Terence Dawson

Professor Emeritus (2024)
Former Chair of the Keyboard Division

Research Area

Keyboard
His musicality described as “lucid” (Globe and Mail), his performances as “stunning” (Vancouver Sun), and possessing “trademark elegance and technical flair” (Georgia Straight), pianist Terence Dawson has earned a reputation as one of Vancouver’s most respected musicians. Repeat invita...Read more

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Keyboard

Vera Micznik

Vera Micznik

Professor Emerita of Music (2014), Musicology

Areas of Interest Nineteenth- and early twentieth-century music; Gustav Mahler; Program Music: aesthetics and analysis (Berlioz, Liszt); Applications of literary theory to music: Music with/without explicit words, Narrativity in Music, Music Textuality; Semiotics; Opera–especially Women in Opera;...Read more

William Benjamin

William Benjamin

Professor Emeritus of Music (2014), Music Theory
Former Director, UBC School of Music (1984 - 1991)

I was born in Montréal, Canada, and was educated in that city, studying piano at the Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique du Québec, and obtaining a Mus. Bac. in composition from McGill University in 1965, when I was 20. My goal at that time was to be a composer, and I pursued it through...Read more