OUMS Executive Committee, 2014-2015
President: Jess Eastwood
Jess is a third year Chemistry student at Somerville. A keen French Horn and Tenor Horn player, she has been lucky enough to play in a huge variety of groups in Oxford including a number of orchestras, musical productions, OUMS wind and brass ensembles and a horn choir. Her love for music began at Christ’s Hospital school, where she played with the marching band at Twickenham rugby stadium and Lord’s cricket ground and performed as a soloist at St John’s, Smith Square, among other venues. Having always enjoyed music as a relaxing and sociable hobby, her main aim as President is actively encourage as many people as possible to take up or continue with music at a university with such a talented and vibrant music scene.
Vice-President: Ella Thorpe-Beeston
Ella is a Music student at Brasenose College. She studies the piano with Raymond Fischer and is a music scholar at Brasenose. She is the manager of the Oxford University Philharmonia in which she plays the bassoon. Ella is particularly interested in music outreach and encouraging more people to get involved with classical music. She hopes to pursue a career in arts management.
Treasurer: Arnold Mathijssen
Arnold is a DPhil student in Theoretical Physics at New College. Ever since he first moved from his home in The Netherlands to the musical world of London, he was spoiled to frequent and learn from concerts by the world’s leading performers. Moving to Oxford, though, he found himself in an even more active student music scene. Indeed, with OUMS concerts at such low prices, the question arises how academic life can be sustained at all! Arnold loves to find the best qualities in people and help them on their way. Inspired by family and friends, he is a pianist and singer himself.
Secretary: Isabel Garcia-Garcia
Isabel is a PhD student in Theoretical Particle Physics, a career she has chosen to pursue. Although she is not actively playing at the moment, music has always been part of her life and regards it as one of the most valuable sources of comfort and inspiration. Albeit more inclined towards classical music herself, she thinks any kind of music is an artistic expression that enriches humanity as a whole. Encouraging more people to get involved and enjoy the music scene at Oxford is the main reason why she became OUMS secretary. “Music is the universal language of mankind”.