The current OUCMS committee is made up of:
Sam Whitby (President)
Sam is a 2nd year Chemist at St John’s and plays cello in ensembles, including OUSE, OMO and the St Giles’ piano quartet. He became interested in chamber music through watching the virtuosic rehearsals and performances of IMS, an international chamber music seminar based in Cornwall. Chamber music is a unique and demanding genre which involves all elements of a player’s musicianship. It is intimate, highly expressive and provides vast scope for interpretative freedom. Sam hopes to maintain OUCMS as the nexus for Chamber music in Oxford, which facilitates the formation of new groups, provides regular events and encourages the participation of musicians of all abilities.
Michelle Lai (Vice President)
Michelle is a 3rd year English student at Harris Manchester College. She fell in love with the piano at the age of four and has attained an Associate Diploma in Piano Recital from Trinity College London. She has previously performed as a soloist, accompanist and in a piano duet, but her real passion lies in chamber music. As co-founder and leading pianist of the St Giles Quartet, an amateur quartet formed with string players across colleges, Michelle enjoys playing a wide repertoire with a particular interest in the chamber music of Brahms, Mozart and Schumann. She believes that chamber music, due to its conversational nature and the intensity of chemistry required between players, is one of the best way of appreciating music. She hopes to promote the joy of chamber music to existing musicians and a wider audience in Oxford.
Joyce Yu (Treasurer)
Joyce is a 3rd year biochemist at LMH. She plays the violin and the piano, and is currently playing in the OUO and various other chamber music groups in Oxford. She also enjoys playing in musicals in Oxford. She first fell in love with chamber music when her music friends and herself formed a string quintet at school. Being part of the chamber music society committee is very exciting for her, and she is looking forward to a great year of chamber music playing.
Antonia Skinner (Secretary)
Antonia is a second year student reading French and Spanish at Brasenose, where she is also involved in the College’s musical life. She studied the cello at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music for ten years, and it was here that she discovered the essential role that chamber music plays in the development of overall musicianship. As a chamber musician, Antonia has performed in venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall and St. John’s, Smith Square, and hopes that OUCMS will continue to promote chamber music throughout the University, to players and audiences alike.
Sarah Pateman & Henry Chan (general committee members)
If you would like to join the committee we have further positions available, please get in touch. We are particularly looking for a web manager, and to get some first years involved.