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University Baroque Ensemble

Course Number: Music 149


    • Christine Brandes (on leave during Fall 2023)
    • Katherine Heater and Carla Moore (Fall 2023)

Rehearsals: Mondays, 8:00 – 10:00 pm in Hertz Hall and Wednesdays, 5:30 – 7:30 pm in 250 Morrison Hall


UBE performing in 2018

UBE performing in 2018

The University Baroque Ensemble at UC Berkeley is dedicated to exploring the repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries and the performance practices of those periods. What can we learn from using gut strings and baroque bows? How do the various bowing options enliven this music? How can Baroque instruments and techniques inform how we play Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and Mozart on our modern instruments? This ensemble is for adventurous and curious musicians looking to deepen their relationships with the amazing music of these periods. Unique among other college baroque ensembles, many students participating in this ensemble play on instruments from the 17th and 18th centuries. All participating students will be provided with baroque instruments.

This conductor-less ensemble combines the commitment and attentiveness of chamber music with the discipline of orchestral playing. Regular attendance at twice weekly rehearsals, and participation in all public performances is required.

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

Participation and Audition Information

The University Baroque Ensemble is open to students, non-enrolled students, and community members. Instruments include violin, viola, cello, bass, recorder, flute, keyboard and guitar (or lute); vocal performers also are welcome. Interested double reed or brass players should contact Professor Brandes directly.  Instruments are provided by the University. Lessons and coaching are provided to aid in bridging the differences inherent in the instruments and techniques.

New students must audition. Preference is given to enrolled students who will join for both Fall and Spring semesters. Those interested in Music 168H (Early Music Performance) lessons likewise should arrange for an audition.

To audition, complete the audition form for University Baroque Ensemble. 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.

For more information about the group, please contact Katherine Heater at or Carla Moore at



Upcoming Performances

Wednesday, October 25 at noon and Sunday, December 3 at 2:00 pm.

Recent Performances