From UBC to the world
UBC Music grads are everywhere. They are winning prizes and earning distinctions, from Grammy Awards and West Coast Music Awards to the Order of Canada. They're forging careers as professional musicians with symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, opera companies and as soloists. They're singing starring roles at the world’s great opera houses. They're recording, producing, and broadcasting award-winning music. And they're teaching in classrooms both public and private, across the globe.
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Ben Heppner (B.Mus. '79)
The internationally renowned tenor (BMus’79, LLD’97) was named a 2016 laureate of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for lifetime artistic achievement. He talked about his career at The Singer Behind the Song, a recent UBC event.
Cris Derksen (B.Mus. '07)
After graduating from UBC with a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance, Cris Derksen went from student to world-travelling performer. She’s toured with Canadian throat singer Tanya Tagaq, written music for the CBC, and been nominated for a Juno Award. Read more
Kathleen Allen (B.Mus. '11)
The soloist, choral singer, and composer recently joined the Vancouver Academy of Music as Director of Choral Studies and Associate Conductor of Orchestras. In High Notes she talks about juggling performance, composition, and her new role.
H. Colin Slim (B.A. '51)
As a young music student at UBC, Dr. H. Colin Slim crossed paths with legendary composer Igor Stravinsky — first as his impromptu driver, later as a performer. The meetings were formative. Dr. Slim went on to become a prominent musicologist and a major collector of Stravinsky's letters, scores, and memorabilia, now housed at UBC Library as the H. Colin Slim Stravinsky Collection.
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