The time has come to appoint a new OUMS Executive Committee for 2015-2016. The committee will take office next term, and will remain in their positions for three academic terms.
Read on to hear from the current Exec about their experience of running Oxford’s oldest music society. You can also email the Exec with any specific questions about committee roles. The positions we are seeking to fill are:
- Vice President
We are also looking to appoint the following non-executive committee positions:
If you want to apply for a position, send your CV, plus the role you would like to apply for, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Interviews will be held in 8th week. The closing date for entries is Friday of 7th week at midnight.
In order to apply, you must be:
- A current, matriculated student at the University of Oxford
- Passionate about promoting music throughout the university!
We look forward to hearing from you!
Jess, Ella, Isabel, and Arnold
The current Exec
Words from the Executive Committee
President: Jess Eastwood
Being OUMS President is a truly great experience, it teaches you so many important skills and looks great on your CV, especially alongside an Oxford degree. It teaches you to manage your time well and communicate clearly and regularly with the people you work with, and is really worth the work for the satisfaction of helping people to find places to enjoy and appreciate music.
The President’s job is to keep the society running well, including the OUMS ensembles, and to find new ways to improve what we can offer to musicians at Oxford. This includes looking for new funding opportunities, maintaining a good relationship with the faculty and promoting our website and resources as the central point for music in the city, as well as making sure that we keep up to date with all the latest information. There is a lot of discussion with the rest of the executive committee and decisions are generally made collectively and tasks divided up, so that the committee support each other.
This role requires someone to be organised and efficient, but is not as daunting as it can sound most of the time! If you are an active member of the Oxford music scene and keen to enthuse people about music in Oxford then this is definitely the role for you – the President is the face of the society and usually a main point of contact for information. Because the role involves overseeing most of what goes on it can sound like more work than it is, but the rest of the committee are very helpful and supportive in their roles. I would really encourage anyone to apply to be President, it involves some time commitment but you can gain so much from it and I’ve really enjoyed my year working on the committee. Best of luck and feel free to contact me at with any questions!
Contact Jess to find out more about the role of President.
Vice-President: Ella Thorpe-Beeston
I have really enjoyed my role as Vice President this year – it is a very flexible and diverse role that allows you to take on your personal projects for OUMS. The main responsibility is to look for corporate sponsorship for OUMS. This year, we found new ways to find funding such as the Citi Society Challenge and the RBS ESSA awards. The role also involves helping out with the Freshers Fair and Auditions, as well as helping out the various ensembles and societies, both outside Oxford and the UK, that get in touch with OUMS to ask for advice for upcoming tours. For example, I particularly enjoyed working with a children’s orchestra from Kazakhstan who were touring the UK in Michaelmas. I have also worked on getting OUMS ensemble concerts reviewed by the Cherwell to increase publicity, and more recently set up relationships with Music Plus so that the work of OUMS ensembles can reach the wider community. I would really encourage people to apply for the role of Vice President and am happy to answer any questions.
Contact Ella to find out more about the role of Vice President.
Secretary: Isabel Garcia-Garcia
As OUMS secretary you will be in charge of spreading the word about the music scene in Oxford. In practice, this means preparing our weekly newsletter and making sure musical events around Oxford are available in the OUMS calendar. In summary: making music closer to other members of the university.
Contact Isabel to find out more about the role of Secretary.
Treasurer: Arnold Mathijssen
OUMS is looking for new Executive Committee members! The OUMS treasurer is primarily responsible for keeping the accounts, naturally. But much more goes on behind the scenes. As Treasurer, you work with the Exec, the Ensemble Managers, and the Music Faculty. The Exec aims to bring the musical life together in all of Oxford, specifically between the university-wide ensembles and the more local college societies. Building the bridge between those groups has been our goal since 1872! Therefore, it is most essential to keep up the bonds with our sponsors, and to look for new forms of sponsorship continuously. This way, we hope to bring everyone together so that you can enjoy playing and listening to music at its best!
Contact Arnold to find out more about the role of Treasurer.
Non-executive role: OUMS webmaster
Webmaster: Lucy Cui
Working closely with the executive committee, the webmaster’s role is enjoyable and rewarding. The OUMS webmaster is responsible for the upkeep of the main oums.org site, and is also at hand to help the Ensemble Managers update their ‘ensemble.oums.org’ domains if needed. The webmaster is also in charge of administering the OUMS domain. If you are familiar with WordPress and are looking to manage a site that receives tens of thousands of page views and thousands of unique visitors every term, you should apply for the OUMS webmaster role.
Contact Lucy to find out more about the role of Webmaster.