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Music Research on Campus

Written by ainsley. Posted in Uncategorized

You know what’s cool? That research on music cognition happens at our very own campus! And you can get involved as a research subject (and get paid to do so!)

The Music Cognition Lab at UTSC is looking for pianists to participate in an hour-long sight-reading study. All you will be asked to do is sight-read short 4-bar pieces on the piano. Monetary compensation will be provided for participation.

To be eligible, you must:
1. NOT have perfect pitch
2. Be playing piano fairly regularly at the time of the experiment
3. Be able to sight-read fairly fluently at a Grade 7 RCM level or above

To participate, please contact Olivia Podolak at:

Exec Elections!

Written by ainsley. Posted in Announcements

It’s time to pick next year’s executive team for UMS!   The application form is available here, and is due on Monday, March 17th at 5:00 P.M.  Complete applications should be emailed to info@utscmusic.com .


  • Responsible for overseeing general club operations

  • Official spokesperson for the club

  • Lead organizer for the club’s larger initiatives (music ensembles, collaborations with other clubs)

  • Maintains communication with the ensemble leaders

  • Ensures that the club is functioning in a manner consistent with the club’s values and constitution

  • Responds / gates emails sent to the club


Marketing & Communications Lead

  • Manages the Marketing & Communication team (the Social Media & Web Coordinator, Designer, and Recruitment Coordinator)

  • Oversees the marketing campaigns for all UMS events

  • Contacts advertising services (on- and off-campus) to promote UMS initiatives

  • Networks with other club leaders and look for opportunities for collaboration


Social Media & Web Coordinator

  • Maintains Twitter and Facebook feeds, and our website

  • Creates a strong online presence for UMS, ensuring our members are informed of our upcoming events, and feel involved in club activities

  • HTML knowledge not required, but is considered an asset



  • Design posters, facebook banners, tv banners, and brochures for UMS events and initiatives

  • Skilled in Adobe Photoshop


Recruitment Coordinator

  • Maintains club member database

  • Initiates communication via email with new club members

  • Organizes UMS presence at recruitment events

  • Strategizes new ways to recruit members for UMS, and reach all the musicians on campus


Events Lead

  • Organizes on‐campus events that provide members with opportunities for performance

  • Organizes off-campus performance trips to see professional musicians (TSO, musicals, etc.)

  • Organizes social events for our members (movie nights, end-of-term socials)

  • Manages a team of three event coordinators, who will assist with the above tasks


Events Coordinator (x3)

  • Carries out tasks as delegated by the Events Lead



  • Maintains documentation of the club’s operations throughout the year

  • Schedules executive meetings and records minutes

  • Organizes the major fundraising projects (merchandise sales and singing telegrams)

  • Assists with the responsibilities of the President, as delegated


Finance Officer

  • Completes funding applications for events and initiatives

  • Maintains record of financial transactions

  • Signing officer on the UMS bank account

  • Assists Secretary in organization of our major fundraising projects (merchandise sales and singing telegrams)



Singing Telegrams!

Written by ainsley. Posted in Events

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How it Works:

  • You tell us the who, where, and when, and  then members of our a cappella choir — Vocomotive — will show up and serenade your sweetheart!  Here are a few photos from last year’s telegrams:

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  • $3 for just a song
  • $6 for a song, a card, and a flower

Song Choices:

  • Stand By Me – Ben E. King
  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – M. Gaye & T. Terrell
  • My Girl (My Boy) – The Temptations
  • Treasure – Bruno Mars

How to Order:

  • In person, at our table in the
    • Tuesday Feb 11, 2 – 5 –  Meeting Place
    • Wednesday Feb 12, 1 – 3 –  Meeting Place
    • Thursday 10  – 12 (Student Center),  12 – 4 (S-Wing third floor)
    • Friday 11 – 3 (In front of timmies)
  • By email, to valentines@utscmusic.com
    • Provide the following information:
      Your Name
      Your Cell Phone Number
      Recipient Name
      Song Choice
      Do you want to add a card and flower?
      Requested times, and the Location of the recipient at these times  (please provide more than one, if you can)
    • If you order via email, you need to meet with one of our executives within the next two days to provide payment, or your order will be cancelled.  We will arrange this with you via email.

The Fine Print:

  1. Singing Telegram orders are non-refundable.

  2. It is your responsibility to ensure that the recipient is in the specified location, during the twenty minute window of your order.  If the recipient is not there, you will not receive a refund.

  3. You must provide us with your cell phone number, and be available via text during the 15 minutes before your timeslot, so that we can contact you and find out your exact location, what the recipient is wearing, etc.

  4. If you are sending a telegram to a lecture, it needs to be at the beginning of the lecture, and it is your responsibility to check with your professor that the performance will be allowed.
  5. If for reasons outside our control, Vocomotive misses the delivery window and is unable to deliver the telegram, you will receive your money back.

  6. The performances may be recorded for future references and publicity, please let us know if you do not want your telegram to be recorded.

Holiday Party @ Rex’s

Written by ainsley. Posted in Events

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UTSC Music Society’s Holiday Party is going to be on Monday, December 2nd at Rex’s Den!  

It’s the last day of classes.  You know you’re not going to start studying yet =P   So join us at this event for some food, live music, and our 2nd annual UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER CONTEST.

$2 for UMS members, or $5 if you’re not  (but if you’re not, just fill out the form in the “JOIN” tab to get your discount!)


Written by Tharshi Sivathason. Posted in Announcements

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It’s that time of year to get your UTSC Music T-Shirts & Hoodies!  Walk the halls and represent music at UTSC.  T-shirts are $20 and sweaters are $30. To get your name / instrument / ensemble written on the back, add $3. Order forms can be picked up by the elevator on AA third floor. Forms can be dropped off at the table during UMS office hours, at rehearsals, or at Keely’s office (AA341). Please seal the order form and money in an envelope.

*Special Offer* If you are a member of UMS you can get a $5 discount on the sweaters by showing your membership card! Please note that you can only receive the discount during our hours in the Student Center, or by handing the order to an executive during any of the ensemble rehearsals.

Student Center Hours

  • Thursday, Nov 21: 10-12
  • Friday, Nov 22: 10-12
  • Monday, Nov 25:  1-3
  • Tuesday, Nov 26:  3-5
  • Wednesday, Nov 27:  1-3
  • Thursday, Nov 28:  10-12
  • Friday, Nov 29:  12 – 2

Click here to see the styles!

Call for Performers

Written by ainsley. Posted in Uncategorized


We’re planning on having an end-of-year holiday party and we’re looking for performers to provide some background entertainment. The party is most likely going to be at Rex’s Den on Friday, December 6th in the evening sometime. Details are still being worked out, but I will post again when they are fully confirmed.

If you’re interested in performing, please fill out the following form for an audition time:

Click here to sign up for an audition!

Good luck!

UMS Winter Concert

Written by ainsley. Posted in Events

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Looking for a festive, musical way to kick off the winter break? Then come check out this concert, featuring the UTSC Alumni and Community Concert Band. They will be performing a number of highly entertaining pieces, as well as some of your favourite holiday classics.

The concert will be held on Thursday, December 5th at 7pm in the ARC. (That’s the big lecture hall directly in front of you when you enter the AC building.)

Tickets are pay-what-you-can!


Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra Trip

Written by ainsley. Posted in Uncategorized

Hey Guys,

We’re going to be selling tickets for the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra (TYWO) these next two weeks. If you haven’t ever been to an orchestra, this would be a great place to start. I have had the pleasure to see them perform before, and it is always a treat!

Tickets will be sold during UMS office hours (come check the student centre or the 3rd floor of the AA building) and during band/choir rehearsals. They are $15 each for students, and $25 each for adults and the performance will be on Sunday, November 3rd at 3:00pm at St. Michaels College for the Arts.

Plus, another bonus incentive – but don’t quote me on this – this trip might count towards a mandatory performance required in certain music courses. I will update this once I find out, but you can ask your Professor in the meantime.

Hope to see you all there!



Call for performers

Written by ainsley. Posted in Uncategorized

UTSC Music Society is looking for performers for our Lounge Night event on Wednesday, October 2 from 5:30-7:30PM at La Prep!

Auditions will run from September 23-25 from 11-2PM in the music rooms on the 3rd floor of the AA building, and all genres of music are welcome. Feel free to perform as an soloist, duet, or group. We recommend that all musicians prepare a piece(s) of music 3-5 minutes in length, and let us know if you require a piano.

We look forward to hearing your perform, and please forward this email onto any fellow musician friends you may have!

The audition form can be found here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_Rh4m_F6SSvL5XVwP7x2IYmLMIu0zAUwiAydDIvwt6Q/viewform