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Music of the British Isles Concert: Nov 14

Written by ainsley. Posted in Events

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The UTSC Community Concert Band will be performing on Saturday, November 14th, 7:00 PM, at the Forest Brook Community Church (60 Kearney Drive, Ajax).

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students/seniors.   They can be purchased at the door, or from any band member.


King Across the Water – Fraser
Nimrod – Elgar, arr. Reed
I’m Seventeen Come Sunday  – Grainger, arr. Daehn
Two Variants on “Dives and Lazarus” – Wagner
Themes from Green Bushes – Grainger, arr. Daehn
English Folk Song Suite – Vaughan Williams
Cross Creek – Strommen
Loch Lomond – Ticheli
Prelude, Siciliano, and Rondo – Arnold/Paynter

Please RSVP on our Facebook event if you are planning to attend!

Call For Performers!

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La Prep has been kind enough to host a UMS Lounge Night, featuring live performances by our members, in their restaurant next Wednesday, October 1, at 5:30 PM.  We are still looking for musicians to perform, so if you’d like to sing a song or play a tune, please sign up here!


Back to School!

Written by ainsley. Posted in Announcements

Hi everyone! Welcome back to campus! This week, you can find UMS in the Meeting Place at Club’s Week, recruiting new members and sharing info about the exciting events we have planned for this year. If you missed meeting us at our table, make sure you check out the opportunities we have available:

Join UMS!

Fill out this form to become a member of UMS, and get notified about all our concerts / trips / various shenanigans.  Currently, we’re planning a group trip to go see Wicked, looking for musicians to perform at our October coffee night, and recruiting for the UTSC music ensembles!  Also, merchandise sales will be starting soon!!

Be a First Year Representative!

We`re looking to add two new UTSC students to our executive team for the 2014-15 year.  Fill out an application form and email it back to us to apply.

Join the UTSC Community Concert Band!

Do you play one of those instruments that you blow air through, or hit with sticks?  Yes!?  Then we want to know you!  Rehearsals are starting soon, so make sure you click here to sign up!  This semester we’re planning on doing a Halloween-themed concert on campus, and a Christmas concert at the lovely St. Francis Centre.

Join Vocomotive!

Don’t lie — we know you’ve all been watching an episode Glee and thought to yourself “one day, I hope to be cool enough to join an a capella choir.”  That day is now!  This student-run ensemble performs at various events around campus, and can be found serenading sweethearts during their popular Valentine’s Day Singing Telegram event.  Contact Jamie Li to schedule your audition.

Get a Credit for Making Music!

Yes you read that right! You can get course credit for being in the UTSC Concert Band, Concert Choir, String Orchestra, or Small Ensemble course.  Head on over to the Department of Arts, Culture and Media for the details.


Music Research on Campus

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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!

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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!

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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

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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!)

Call for Performers

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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

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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!