University Singers is the premier choral ensemble in the UBC School of Music. This 40-voice ensemble performs the most advanced and exciting music for chamber choir written in recent decades, as well as motets and other historically important works.The University Singers also performs with orchestra annually, including such works as Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Handel’s Messiah, and Brahms’ Requiem. The choir has won several awards, including the CBC National Choral Competition and the BBC International Choral Competition. The choir tours often, including local, North American, and international destinations. Previous choral experience, a strong ear, and music reading ability is encouraged for participation in this ensemble. The University Singers performs four feature concerts each year, as well as occasional run-out performances throughout the Vancouver area. The University Singers recently won first place among university choirs in the 2015 National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs.
Choral Union is UBC’s largest choir. Boasting over 150 singers, the Choral Union performs major choral repertoire from beautiful pieces of Renaissance music to dynamic modern compositions. As well, the Choral Union performs with the UBC Symphony Orchestra each year, including works such as Mozart’s Requiem, and Orff’s Carmina Burana. This ensemble is comprised of both music majors and non-music majors. The Choral Union performs four concerts each year.