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University Baroque Ensemble

Course Number: Music 149
Instructor: Christine Brandes

Description/History

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. Interested double reed or brass players should contact Professor Brandes directly. For students who currently play the modern versions of these instruments, lessons and coaching are available to aid in bridging the differences inherent in the instruments and techniques.

The University Baroque Ensemble performs music of the Baroque period (c.1580-c.1740) on historically appropriate instruments, using performance styles based on the performance practices of the specific national styles. The repertoire ranges from early consort music, through Purcell, Lully to Rameau, and the titans of the high Baroque: Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, and Telemann.

UBE is unique among all university baroque ensembles in the US as many of the students in the ensemble are loaned original instruments from the 17th and 18th centuries.

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.

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 168H (Early Music Performance) should sign up online for an audition slot.

Players and singers should prepare a solo piece of baroque music by Handel, Bach, Vivaldi, or something comparable that demonstrates fast and slow playing/singing.  Excerpts from two different pieces, movements or composers are acceptable. Questions?  Please contact ensemble director Christine Brandes at cmbrandes@berkeley.edu

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

For more information on the group, please contact the Director Christine Brandes at cmbrandes@berkeley.edu

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

Upcoming Performances

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2020
Noon Concert Series: University Baroque Ensemble
12 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2020
Baroque Ensemble
3 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

Recent Performances

Past performances