Historical repertory and performance

2019/20 EVENTS

All concerts take place in the Roy Barnett Concert Hall, UBC School of Music (unless otherwise indicated)


Friday, November 15th, 2019, 12 pm

Monday, November 18th, 2019, 7:30 pm


Monday, March 2nd, 2020, 12 pm


Sunday, March 15th, 2 pm


Sunday, March 29th, 7:30 pm

Monday, March 30th, 12 pm

Coordinator: Dr. Alex Fisher

The UBC Early Music Ensemble is a mixed instrumental/vocal ensemble specializing in the performance of music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras. It provides students with an opportunity to approach aspects of historical repertory and performance in an intimate, practical setting.

The ensemble features an exciting collaboration with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra and Early Music Vancouver: the Baroque Orchestra Mentorship Programme, under the direction of the internationally renowned conductor and harpsichordist, Alexander Weimann. This initiative offers select students the opportunity to rehearse and perform side-by-side with leading local and regional musicians, developing new skills and experiences that will enrich their training. In addition, the course traditionally accommodates a variety of other chamber ensembles for strings, winds, voice, and keyboard.

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY: Early Music Vancouver Scholarship Programme

Students in UBC Early Music may apply to be considered for scholarships offering as many as 15 private, hour-long lessons over the course of the year. Applications close on October 15th!


WATCH: UBC Baroque Mentorship Orchestra performs Boccherini's Sinfonia in D-major.



Students in the Early Music Ensemble have access to the School of Music’s extensive collection of period instruments and reproductions, including Baroque strings, violas da gamba, Renaissance and Baroque wind instruments, and harpsichords.

The full-year course includes concerts, weekly rehearsals, and coaching by specialists in voice, strings, winds, and keyboard instruments. Students also benefit from regular masterclasses offered by internationally-known early music performers.

For the academic year, the official course meeting times are Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 to 3:00 (with most activity occurring on Mondays); students are committed to rehearsing two hours per week only. Alternative rehearsal times can be scheduled if necessary. Although students are encouraged to register early, final admission is by audition at the beginning of the academic year and will depend on the ensemble’s current needs.

Please contact Alex Fisher for more details.

Banner image: Paul Joseph/UBC