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Join the OUMS Executive Committee!

** Please note this deadline has now passed **

The time has come to appoint a new OUMS Executive Committee for 2014-2015. 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:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

We are also looking to appoint the following non-executive committee positions:

  • Webmaster

If you want to apply for a position, send your CV, plus the role you would like to apply for, to president@nulloums.org. Interviews will be held in 6th and 7th week. The closing date for entries is Wednesday of 6th week at midnight.

In order to apply, you must be:

  • A current, matriculated student at the University of Oxford
  • Organised
  • Passionate about promoting music throughout the university!

We look forward to eating from you!
Chloe, Jazzy, Nick, and Arnold
The current Exec

Words from the Executive Committee

Chloe Bradshaw

President: Chloe Bradshaw

Taking the role of OUMS President has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve done whilst at university. The role primarily involves helping the Ensemble Managers to run the OUMS ensembles successfully, liaising with the Music Faculty, and organising the OUMS auditions. You can find out about the ensembles we look after on the Ensembles page of oums.org. With so many people to look out for, the role of President might seem quite daunting. However, so long as you’re organised and efficient, the role is really fun.

As President, you have to always be thinking about new ways to promote and grow the society. This year, the Exec and I focussed on this by completely redesigning the OUMS web presence, updating the society’s image, and by seeking new ways to bring money into the society. We reached out to new people by gathering information about college choirs and music societies, and we even welcomed OUJO to the OUMS family. I can’t wait to see what direction the next Exec decides to take!

If you love the Oxford music scene, have a vision for the future of the society, and want a chance to use your organisational skills, don’t hesitate to apply for the OUMS Presidency!

Contact Chloe to find out more about the role of President.

Jasmine Ramsay Gray

Vice-President: Jasmine Ramsay Gray

I would really encourage people to apply for the role of Vice-President of OUMS – I’ve really enjoyed working with the committee this year. The Vice-President’s main role is to look for sponsorship for OUMS, which can be difficult as the current financial climate means that companies have cut back on their sponsorship budget. However, it’s an interesting job, and you can learn a lot about how funding in the arts works! The Vice-President also has more freedom than the other roles to engage in personal projects to widen OUMS’ role – this year I’ve worked to establish a chamber music wing at OUMS (and you can see our work at oucms.oums.org), as well as trying to improve how OUMS engages with new freshers at the start of Michaelmas term, through writing the Freshers’ Guide to Music which some of you may have seen at Fresher Fair this year. I’ve also worked on several information drives – trying to gather information on different musical groups that operate in Oxford so that students looking to join an ensemble can simply visit the OUMS website for a list of all current groups, and not just OUMS ensembles. I’ve really enjoyed working with the rest of the committee in redesigning the new website and I hope that the next committee will take our work forward!

Contact Jazzy to find out more about the role of Vice President.

Nick Graham

Secretary: Nick Graham

Being Secretary might not sound like the most interesting job on the Exec Committee, and I know I envisaged taking minutes and doing lots of legwork! Whilst this is a small part of the job, far more important is being creative and thinking of new ways to attract students to the society. This is most clearly seen in the weekly newsletter which the secretary writes and designs to be as engaging as possible, and in the website which the secretary has some involvement in. Being part of the Executive Committee has been brilliant for the last year. It gives you a chance to really make a difference and improve one of Oxford’s oldest societies, and it puts you at the centre of the Oxford music scene. It’s certainly worth applying if you like music and want to be involved in promoting it and advertising it. It’s great to have on your CV (particularly if you might be interested in arts management, for example) and is just a rewarding thing to do. It’s a completely student run society, so you can really make a difference with your ideas.

Contact Nick to find out more about the role of Secretary.

Arnold Mathijssen

Treasurer: Arnold Mathijssen

The OUMS Treasurer is primarily responsible for keeping the accounts, naturally. But much more goes on behind the scenes. The Executive Committee 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, not least through our new website! A whole array of information is at your disposal, ranging from the various databases to the chapel choirs. This way, we hope to bring everyone together so that you can enjoy playing and listening to music at its best. I absolutely encourage people to apply for the role of Treasurer.

As Treasurer, you work with the Exec, the Ensemble Managers, and the Music Faculty.

Contact Arnold to find out more about the role of Treasurer.

OUMS Tree

Webmaster: Jesse Liu

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 new OUMS site is a great feature for the society, so it’s important that the webmaster is familiar with WordPress (our CMS) in order to keep it maintained well. The webmaster might help out with things like editing blog posts, emailing ensembles featured on the website to ensure that we have up-to-date contact information, and creating new pages at important times such as the OUMS audition sign-ups period.

The President also has the ability to change the oums.org website, so simple editing of text is shared between the President and Webmaster.

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 Jesse to find out more about the role of Webmaster.

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Congratulations to OUWO!

OUWO (the Oxford University Wind Orchestra), one of OUMS’ ensembles, yesterday received a Gold award in the Open Wind Band Class of the Midlands Regional Round of the National Concert Band Festival, beating the University of Warwick’s wind band and the Phoenix Wind Band.

The ensemble, conducted by Francis Shepherd, performed The Year of the Dragon by Philip Sparke, and received very positive comments from the two adjudicators at the festival.

If you’d like to hear OUWO playing The Year of the Dragon live, along with a number of other pieces including 633 Squadron and Dambusters, their termly concert is on Saturday 30th November. More details about the concert and tickets can be found on OUWO’s website, ouwo.oums.org.

UPDATE: Here’s a recording of OUWO’s performance, live at the festival:

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The Oxford University Jazz Orchestra joins OUMS!

As of September 2013, the Oxford University Jazz Orchestra has become an affiliated OUMS Ensemble.

All of us on the OUMS committee are extremely excited to welcome OUJO to the society, ready for the busy Michaelmas term ahead. OUJO is the university’s premiere big band, and are well known from their performances at balls, dinners, and concerts throughout Oxford and beyond. They have twice won the BBC big band award, and they enjoy performing a wide range repertoire with great headliners year upon year. You can have a look at their website to find out more!

What does this mean for OUMS members?
OUMS exists to further the performance and appreciation of music within the University. The affiliation of OUJO means that we can now extend a new musical opportunity to many of our members. Wind, percussion and brass players participating in the Michaelmas OUMS auditions are encouraged to consider also auditioning for OUJO. You can find information about the OUJO auditions on by visiting their website.

All OUMS members can also be sure to hear about OUJO concerts in good time through the OUMS newsletter – OUJO perform at least three sell-out performances a year, and we will be sure to give you ample notice to get your tickets!

A warm welcome to all OUJO players and audiences!
- Chloe

OUJO

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OUSinf Treasurer Vacancy – MT13

*THIS POSITION HAS NOW BEEN FILLED*

The Oxford University Sinfonietta are looking for a Treasurer.
The Treasurer must be a student of the university, and will begin their role as Treasurer in Michaelmas Term 2013.

Anyone interested in the position should contact the OUSinf Manager, Jaymee Coonjobeeharry, for further details.

*THIS POSITION HAS NOW BEEN FILLED*

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Auditions Notice: Somerville Choir

Are you looking for a new choral challenge? Would you like to sing concerts at major venues outside Oxford, broadcast on Radio 3 and tour to the USA? All this is happening to Somerville Choir in the next academic year. Choral awards are available for the best singers.

For more details and to arrange an audition please contact the Director of Music, David Crown on david.crown@nullsome.ox.ac.uk.

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New OUMS Website launched!

OUMS is delighted to announce the launch of its new website. Please have a look around and email any feedback or suggestions to president@nulloums.org. The website contains a number of resources for Oxford musicians, from a comprehensive events calendar to a players database, and from instrument hire to details of OUMS ensembles. We hope that you find it to be a useful addition to the Oxford music scene!

Special thanks from me to Oliver Schofield, who designed this website, Nick Graham (OUMS Secretary), who designed the first draft on which this site is based, and Will Neaverson, who designed our amazing new logo.

~ Chloe

P.S. You can see the pre-launch video below, featuring the music of the Oxford University Wind Orchestra:

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