The UBC Woodwind, Brass & Percussion Division (WBP) is distinguished by its outstanding faculty performers who play in the Vancouver Symphony, Vancouver Opera Orchestra, National Broadcast Orchestra, Standing Wave, Turning Point Ensemble, Vancouver Brass Project, Touch of Brass, and Vancouver Saxophone Ensemble, and enjoy successful careers as solo recording artists and entrepreneurs.
WBP students enjoy the opportunity to study with passionate teachers who care a great deal about their students. The School of Music also provides annual master classes with internationally renowned guest artists, ample playing opportunities in ensembles of the highest calibre, and world-class performance facilities that include the acclaimed Chan Shun Concert Hall and newly-renovated Old Auditorium and Roy Barnett Recital Hall.
The Woodwind, Brass & Percussion Division is represented in many facets of the School of Music. The main focus of the division is to allow each student to progress to the apex of their performance potential, and admission is selective and enrollment limited so that all students are allowed ample performance opportunities to do so.
WBP students perform in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Concert Winds, Symphony Orchestra, and Jazz Bands, and participate in numerous chamber ensembles and opera productions annually. While in residence at UBC, WBP students are placed in various large ensembles throughout each season so that all students receive training in various repertoires under multiple conductors.
In addition, opportunities for performances in regional community, youth, and professional ensembles — such as the Vancouver Academy Orchestra, Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra, Kamloops Symphony, Vancouver Island Symphony, 15th Field Army Band, and many other Vancouver area ensembles — make the UBC School of Music a great place for practical experience in the free-lance and community music scene.
Woodwind, Brass & Percussion Division students are enrolled for the Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees, leading to careers in performance and music education. Graduates from the program currently work in major symphony orchestras, opera orchestras, professional chamber ensembles, musical theatre and touring ensembles, early music orchestras, and commercial music fields around the world.
Many of our graduates hold prestigious appointments at universities, colleges, and public schools, and recent alumni perform in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Opera Orchestra, Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Calgary Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Nova Scotia Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburg Symphony, National Orchestra of Malaysia, and National Arts Center Orchestra of Ottawa.
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