The Groups

UBC A Cappella is comprised of four groups. Each group has their own vibrant personality and talents which make the club extra awesome as a whole. To get a feel for which group you may prefer scroll through the information on this page!

Factors Majors Minors Reef Fermata
Number of members 20-24 20-24 30-70 20-24
Vocal Composition Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass Soprano, Alto
Hours per week 4 2 2 2
Day(s) of the week Tuesdays & Thursdays Mondays Wednesdays Mondays
Rehearsal time 6:00-8:00 PM 6:15-8:15 PM 6:00-8:00 PM 6:00-8:00 PM
Currently Accepting 1 Tenor
1 Bass
1 Soprano
1 Tenor
4 Sopranos
2 Altos
5 Tenors
2 Basses
1 Soprano
1 Alto

Choral Reef

This larger group of singers, led by Lucas Parkin, meets Wednesdays for 2 hours a week, with occasional sectionals. This group performs at the big end-of-semester concerts. This group’s rehearsal time is 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

Fermata UBC
This group of about 24 singers, led by Nicole Lee + Vanessa Borowicz, meets Mondays for 2 hours a week and performs semi-regularly on and off campus. This group is solely comprised of soprano and alto voices. Their rehearsal time is 6:00 – 8:00PM.

The Unaccompanied Minors
This group of about 24 singers, led by Dongsang Jung, meets Mondays for 2 hours a week with occasional sectionals. In addition, this group performs semi-regularly around campus and occasionally off-campus. This group’s rehearsal time is 6:15 – 8:15 PM.

The Undeclared Majors
This group of about 24 singers, led by Peter Ki + Madeleine Gosselin, meets Tuesdays and Thursdays for 2 hours (4 hours a week) with occasional sectionals. In addition, this group performs semi-regularly around campus and occasionally off-campus. This group’s rehearsal time is 6:00- 8:00 PM.

Note: Every year, the specific rehearsal time may vary by 15 minutes–that is to accommodate some members who might, for example, have a lab or co-op venture until 6:00 PM; so we may start at 6:15 PM instead.

Help! Which group do I pick based on preference?

Regardless of the group you end up, you’re bound to enjoy your stay with UBC A Cappella. Before selecting the group preference that you will write on your audition sheet it is important to consider three factors: time commitment, time availability, and group composition.

In terms of time commitment, Majors requires 4+ hours/week (rehearsals, sectionals, gigs), while Minors, Fermata, and Reef require 2+ hours/week (rehearsal, sectionals, gigs). Moreover, a group that practices more often will learn more material (i.e. songs); likewise, a group that practices less will often learn less material. For overall commitment, however, high attendance is mandatory for all groups. You may only miss a maximum of 2 rehearsals a semester before you are issued a warning, and you may not miss any rehearsal without giving your musical director ample notice.

In terms of time availability, check each group’s specific practice date and time to see if it aligns with your personal school and extracurricular schedule.

And finally, consider the group composition. When you meet the existing members in each group, how they sound is not the sole factor; how your personalities match is as crucially important! Moreover, if you sing Soprano or Alto, consider whether or not you would like prefer to be a part of a group that identifies as all female. Also, our groups tend to sing different genres. Visit our Youtube channel and give the groups a listen!

Members of all groups will perform at our two semester-end concerts and are invited to social gatherings and functions the club puts on. Also, if you are interested in supporting UBC A Cappella but do not have interest in singing with us, general members are welcome and encouraged. General Membership will get you discounted ticket prices to our concerts, a t-shirt, and free attendance at our workshops!

Please ask us if you have any questions as to our club’s structure – and remember – we want you to sing with us!