Oxford University Music Society

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OUMS Brochure 2020


OUMS Covid 19 Guidance Booklet 1.0

For Michaelmas Term 2020, OUMS is dedicated to continuing its high-standard music making during the coronavirus. The executive committee have created a Covid-19 Guidance Booklet, using guidance from the government, the University and musical unions which can be found above. This guidance booklet has been created for the use of our ensembles, but we hope this can be of use to any musical society or group. The safety of our members and the wider community have been made the priority, and we have established extensive rules and guidelines for our own ensembles to ensure this.

This term will largely consist of in-person chamber music performance through OU Chamber Music Society, and online performances for our larger ensembles. OUMS is working towards recorded performances and live streamed concerts throughout the term. In addition to performance, we are hoping to continue our access and outreach work. Please see our Outreach and Community Engagement Facebook page to get involved.

Auditions are going ahead however will take place completely online, and please see the link above for more information. Although the majority of ensemble recruitment happens in Michaelmas, the audition process also takes place at the start of Hilary and Trinity.

Furthermore to all incoming freshers, make sure to visit our stall at the SU Freshers’ Fair on Wednesday 7th October 8:00-20:00 where members from each ensemble and the executive committee will be ready to answer any of your questions.

If you have any further questions, feel free to email president@oums.org

OUMS Executive Committee

About OUMS

The Oxford University Music Society was founded in 1872, making it one of Oxford’s oldest and most prestigious societies. It was founded to promote the appreciation and performance of music within the University. For the last 140 years we have been a central focus for Oxford’s rich musical life, for students, academics, and members of the Oxford public. Being a member of OUMS does not necessarily mean that you are performer, but that you enjoy music in some form or another.

What do we do?

“The Musical Hub of Oxford”

OUMS aims to encourage mass participation in music. As well as co-ordinating many auditioned ensembles, including the flagship Oxford University Orchestra, the society runs two non-auditioning ensembles – the Chorus and the University Brass Band. In addition, OUMS is looking to play a big part in improving and increasing the provision of college music so that everyone, whatever their skill, can get involved.

OUMS also aims to be the hub of music for anyone in Oxford. As well as orchestrating the majority of Oxford’s student concerts, we also provide a weekly events newsletter during term time to all our registered members (visit Get Involved to be added to this mailing list).

Who makes up OUMS?

OUMS is run by an Executive Committee, as well as the managers of each of the affiliated ensembles. We also aim to include the ideas and opinions of each college music society when we make decisions. However, OUMS itself is made up by everyone who participates in music at Oxford – playing or listening. There is no membership fee or regular commitment, so don’t hesitate to get involved in music at Oxford!

You can also Contact Us if you have any questions about OUMS or musical life at Oxford.
To join our mailing list, please email secretary@oums.org or webmaster@oums.org.

Who supports OUMS?

OUMS is supported generously by the Music Faculty. For more information, click here. We are also grateful to sponsors past and present, and are always looking to form new sponsorship arrangements.