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University Baroque Ensemble

Course Number: Music 149
Instructor: Christine Brandes (on leave in the Fall of 2019)
Co-Instructors: Katherine Heater and Carla Moore (Fall 2019)


UBE performing in 2018

UBE performing in 2018

The UBE is currently open to players of violin, viola, cello, bass, recorder, flute, keyboard, guitar (or lute) and vocal students. For students who currently play the modern versions of these instruments, coaching is available to help learn the original baroque instruments.

The purpose of the Ensemble is to perform music of the Baroque period (c.1580-c.1740) on historically appropriate instruments, using performance styles based on what is currently known of the performance practices of the country and period in which the pieces were composed. The repertoire ranges from early consort music, through Purcell, Charpentier, and Muffat, to Couperin, Handel, Vivaldi, and Bach.

Whenever possible, the Ensemble performs directly from seventeenth-century and eighteenth-century scores, learning to become familiar with the quite different kinds of musical notation used in earlier periods. These scores often come from the extraordinarily rich Special Collections housed in Berkeley’s Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library, one of the great research libraries in the USA; it is especially strong in holdings of original scores of baroque vocal and instrumental music, many of which are found nowhere else in the world.

If you would like to help support the UBE, please donate directly to the Baroque Endowment Fund.


Participation and Audition Information

Audition information for all performance opportunities in the Music Department.

Sign up online 

The UBE is open to all students, music majors, minors, and non-majors, both enrolled and non-enrolled, as well as to community members. New students must audition. Preference is given to enrolled students who will join for both Fall and Spring semesters. New students and those interested in Music 150H (Early Music Performance) should sign up online for an audition slot.

Fall 2019 auditions will be held in Morrison 116 on  Wednesday, August 21 from 2:00-6:00pm and Thursday, August 22 from 10-1:00pm. Please sign up here.  Players should prepare a piece of baroque music by Handel, Bach, Vivaldi, or something comparable. For questions please contact Carla Moore, or Katherine Heater,

For more information on auditions, please see our auditions page.

For more information on the group, please contact the Co-Directors, Katherine Heater at or Carla Moore at

Attendance at all rehearsals and participation in concert performances is required.


Upcoming Performances

November 6, 2019 Noon Concert, Hertz Hall

November 23, 2019 End of Term Concert, Hertz Hall, 8:00pm

Recent Performances

Past performances