UBC Chamber Orchestra Festival

For Orchestra Musicians and Conductors

July 4 – 10, 2019

Maestro Jonathan Girard

Maestro Jonathan Girard

July 2019 marks the second annual UBC Chamber Orchestra Festival, an exciting opportunity for musicians who are participating in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute at UBC (VSOI) to continue their orchestral experience in Vancouver on UBC's stunning campus. 

The VSOI will culminate in a performance at the Chan Centre on July 3. For the seven days following, participants in the Chamber Orchestra Festival will comprise an elite ensemble, performing masterworks of the chamber orchestra repertoire.

Selected conducting fellows will work with the orchestra and Maestro Jonathan Girard in a rich collaboration.  Students who have been selected as ranked winners in the VSOI concerto competition will also have an opportunity to perform movements of their concerto with selected conducting fellows.

UBC Chamber Orchestra Festival Repertoire will include:

Stravinsky - Pulcinella: Suite
Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90, “Italian”
and standard concerto and orchestral overture repertoire

Apply online here

All participants, including conductors, need to apply through the VSOI application (linked above) and select the UBC Chamber Orchestra Festival.  Additional conducting fellow application requirements are listed below. VSOI students who are applying for the Concerto Competition are strongly encouraged to also apply for the UBC Chamber Orchestra Festival since they will need to be present during the festival.



There will be two performances. The conducting fellows will lead the orchestra in the Monday, July 8 Concerto Concert and Maestro Jonathan Girard will conduct the orchestra on Wednesday, July 10.

Monday July 8
UBC Chamber Orchestra Festival
Featuring Conducting Fellows:

Monica Chen (Canada), Tak Shun Chiu (Hong Kong), Zane Kistner (USA), Caleb Wenzel (USA).
Works by Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, Sibelius and more.
7:30 pm, Chan Centre
Tickets: $8 available at or in person at the Chan Centre.
Info & full list of repertoire

Wednesday July 10
UBC Chamber Orchestra Festival
UBC Chamber Orchestra | Jonathan Girard conductor

Featuring the 1st Place Winner from the VSOI Concerto Competition
Stravinsky Pulcinella Suite
Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85, Mvts. iii & iv.
Adrian Hsieh cello
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90, “Italian”
7:30 pm, Chan Centre
Tickets: $8 available at or in person at the Chan Centre.

For both performances: FREE Rush Tickets for UBC Students are available, in person only at the Chan Centre Ticket Office, starting two hours before the performance. Valid UBC Student ID required.

Conducting & Orchestral Faculty

Jonathan Girard will serve as Artistic Director for this festival, lead and coach all orchestra rehearsals, and work with conducting fellows.  Orchestral faculty comprises members of the UBC School of Music Faculty and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Faculty will present masterclasses and sectional coachings for musicians. Private lessons will be available for an additional fee.

2018 Faculty:

Violin - David Gillham & Jason Ho
Viola - Emilie Grimes
Violoncello - Olivia Blander
Double Bass - Kenneth Friedman
Flute - Christie Reside
Oboe - Roger Cole & Beth Orson
Clarinet - Jose Franch-Ballester
Bassoon - Julia Lockhart
Horn - Valerie Whitney
Trumpet - Larry Knopp
Timpani/Percussion - Aaron McDonald

Conducting Fellows

Conducting fellows will have a performance opportunity with the chamber orchestra on Monday, July 8 and will be teamed with student soloists.  No more than five fellows will be selected, and all will receive instruction in masterclass format including ample podium time in rehearsal as well a performance with the orchestra. Conducting fellows are also encouraged to submit recordings on their orchestral instruments for participation as instrumentalists in VSOI and in the UBC Chamber Orchestra Festival.  Conducting fellows should be in a pre-professional career stage. Students who are accepted as conducting fellows will have the opportunity to audit the VSOI.  Details will be provided to accepted students.


Conductors who are not selected as fellows are encouraged the UBC Chamber Orchestra Festival as auditors.  Auditors can observe all rehearsals, sectionals, coachings, and masterclasses and will work with Maestro Girard in group conducting masterclasses.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for Orchestra Members:  $450 CAD ($340 USD)
Tuition for Conducting Auditors: $450 CAD ($340 USD)
Tuition for Conducting Fellows: $2200 CAD ($1655 USD)
Housing Fee: $400 CAD ($315 USD) (for those requiring housing from the evening of July 3–evening of July 10 with a July 11 check out)


Conducting Fellow application requirements

The following materials will be required from conducting applicants after the VSOI application deadline.  Submission instructions will be emailed to applicants directly. 

  • A curriculum vitae

  • A list of repertoire studied and conducting in performance

  • All conducting applicants that wish to be considered for a fellowship must submit a online link to a conducting recording video recording(s) by the application deadline. The conductor should be in full frontal or partial profile view; at least part of the ensemble should also be in view. Repertoire should be appropriate to the musical and technical level of the ensemble. Applicants should include both rehearsal and performance footage of contrasting repertoire and the footage should be no more than 20 minutes in duration.

  • Those who wish to participate as instrumentalists in the chamber orchestra (strongly suggested) and/or VSOI must submit recordings as part of the VSOI application.