Performance: Woodwind, Brass & Percussion

The UBC Woodwind, Brass and Percussion Division (WBP) is distinguished by its outstanding artist-teachers who enjoy successful careers as ensemble members, solo recording artists, and music entrepreneurs.

Our students enjoy studying with passionate teachers from Vancouver’s most exciting performing arts organizations, including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Opera, Turning Point Ensemble, and more.

The Woodwind Brass and Percussion Division is represented in many facets of the School of Music. Expanding upon the School’s comprehensive curriculum, the division hosts numerous master classes and workshops with internationally renowned guest artists, including annual festivals Brassfest and Windfest, and the Wind Conducting Symposium.

Degrees offered

Woodwind Brass and Percussion Division students are enrolled for the Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees, as well as the Diploma in Music Performance Studies, leading to diverse careers.

Student ensembles

Our world-class rehearsal and performance facilities include the acclaimed Chan Shun Concert Hall, Old Auditorium, and Roy Barnett Recital Hall. WBP students enjoy ample playing opportunities in ensembles of the highest quality, such as the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Concert Winds, Symphony Orchestra, and Jazz Bands, and have opportunities to explore the music of many cultures, genres, and styles.

While in residence at UBC, WBP students are placed in various ensembles each season so that all students receive training in multiple repertoires and collaborate with various conductors, coaches, and mentors.

More performance opportunities

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 others — make the UBC School of Music an outstanding centre for study.

Career opportunities

Graduates from the program currently work in major symphony orchestras, opera orchestras, professional chamber ensembles, musical theatre and touring ensembles, early music orchestras, arts administration, and commercial music fields worldwide.

Many of our graduates hold prestigious appointments at universities, colleges, and public schools. 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, New World Symphony, National Orchestra of Malaysia, and National Arts Center Orchestra of Ottawa.


Dr. Robert Taylor

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