A renowned professional training orchestra

Led by Maestro Jonathan Girard, UBC Symphony Orchestra educates and promotes gifted young musicians while preparing them for international careers.

The UBC Symphony Orchestra (UBCSO) is a 110-member orchestra that performs symphonic works from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, giving several concerts during the year, both on and off campus, often featuring soloists. The Orchestra also performs with UBC Opera, and in a annual choral work performance with the University Singers and UBC Choral Union.

A wide variety of music is offered including the standard orchestral repertoire, new music and lesser-known works, providing the players with in-depth experience in orchestral performance. The Orchestra was featured in the inaugural concerts of the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.
 

 
 

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WATCH: UBC Symphony Orchestra and the UBC Choirs perform Mahler's Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection."

 
 

First-class orchestral training

UBCSO is one of the leading student training orchestras in Canada, providing young musicians with the opportunity to rehearse and perform a diverse classical repertoire — including many new, exciting works — in the world-class Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, all while earning course credit toward their B.Mus. and M.Mus. degrees.

UBCSO students take part in the creation of commercial recordings, and those interested in pursuing careers as soloists can compete in the annual Concerto Competition.

Aspiring conductors can apply to the M.Mus. in Conducting, an intensive training program in Choral, Orchestral, or Wind conducting that features private study and significant podium time.

Our graduates have secured positions in elite orchestras around the world, from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.  

 

 
 
 

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WATCH: Orchestra director Jonathan Girard talks about the art and mystique of conducting a symphony.

 

 

Professional experience, course credit

Did you know? Ensemble courses may be taken and repeated for credit, as stipulated by your faculty. Auditions take place in September, at the beginning of every school year. 

MUSC150A Large Instrumental Ensemble

Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, or Concert Winds. May be repeated for credit in accordance with program requirements for B.Mus. or B.A. in Music. Open to other students by audition, with credit, as stipulated by their faculties.

MUSC162A Wind and Percussion Chamber Ensembles

May be repeated for credit in accordance with program requirements for B.Mus. or B.A. in Music. Open to other students by audition, with credit, as stipulated by their faculties.

MUSC311 Fundamentals of Conducting Sections

Basic conducting techniques: patterns, cueing, dynamic shading, and physical presentation.

MUSC305 Readings in Orchestral Repertoire Sections

A laboratory course for orchestral performance majors. Emphasis on reading a large cross-section of standard orchestral repertoire with further emphasis given to music currently being programmed by local professional orchestras. The course is restricted to Orchestral Instruments majors, except by permission of the instructor.

MUSC312 Instrumental Conducting Sections

The relation of conducting gestures to instrumental sound; development of practical skills in directing ensembles and reading scores, considering instruments' special characteristics.

MUSC506 Readings in Orchestral Repertoire Sections

Standard repertoire for orchestral instrumentalists.

MUSC550A Large Instrumental Ensemble

Symphony Orchestra or Wind Ensemble. Open only to graduate students.

MUSC562A Wind and Percussion Chamber Ensembles

Open only to graduate students.

MUSC593F Music Performance (Major) - Choral Conducting 

Private instruction, vocal or instrumental. May be repeated for credit, in accordance with program requirements.

MUSC606 Readings in Orchestral Repertoire Sections

Continuation of MUSC 506.
 

 
 

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