Saturday, September 14, 2019

OCMS 2019-2020 Season Start!

Welcome to our webpage!

We are the Ontario Cross Cultural Music Society Symphony Orchestra (or OCMS-SO for short). Entering our 21st season, we are looking forward to providing more performance opportunities for student and amateur musicians in the community.  This year, the centerpiece of all our programs will be Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op 64. 

OCMS-SO has a new home this year, switching rehearsal locations to Alexmuir Junior Public School located at Midland Ave and Finch Ave East.  The new location should be able to better accommodate our growing needs.

If you are interested or know anyone that might be interested, please sign up at the following link!

Thank you for your continual support throughout all these years and hope to see you soon.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

2018-2019 Season New Initiatives.

Since 1999, OCMS-SO's mission has been to create a meaningful musical experience.  We have engaged with thousands of local community members between charity fundraising concerts and local performances at retirement homes.  We have created partnerships with organizations overseas to present concerts.  We have toured to multiple cities to collaborate with other like-minded Canadians.  We have had members meet in the orchestra, become fast friends, and then later get married. 

As a recent focus, the OCMS-SO has been striving to be more and more accessible to the greater population.  In continuation with our history, we would like to further make a difference in the local community.  This year, we are excited to roll out one of our new initiatives: the yearly membership fee has been removed.  We hope that this new change will allow for more members to take part in an initiative that has been going on for nearly two decades.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Repetition in Music

Can't get that earworm out of your head? It's probably due to the catchiness of an easily memorable and repeated tune. This video briefly explains the reasoning behind the popularity of repetition in music, which is commonly found in pop music today. 

Monday, March 26, 2018

Harmonies explained in different levels

No matter how experienced of a musician you are, you can definitely understand what harmony is in this video. The video first starts off with Jacob Collier, a musician and composer, giving the simplest definition of harmony -  a bunch of notes being played together to sound nice. Collier than goes on to explain harmony on different levels given the depth of his audience's understanding of the term. Eventually, he converses with a famous jazz musician and song writer, about the different chords that can be used and how to use them. 

This video, although the explanations can feel a little rushed in the higher levels, can help those learning jazz and can draw some inspirations from what is being discussed in this video. 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Violinist's Nightmare on Live Television

Violinist Kristine Balanas was in the middle of completely owning Wieniawski’s Polonaise Brilliante No. 1 during the Latvian Music Awards when the unthinkable happened. Her E string, until then a faithful and supportive colleague, let her down and snapped. 


As is always the way with these situations, it’s about how you react. And Kristine was an absolute pro - quickly grab the Latvian Symphony Orchestra concertmaster’s violin and leave him to deal with the consequences. The show must go on. 

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Tickets Now on Sale! OCMS-SO 19th Annual Concert "La La La: 300 Years of Popular Music"

Tickets are now on sale for our 19th annual concert "La La La: 300 Years of Popular Music."

When: Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Where: Yorkminster Cital (1 Lord Seaton Road, Toronto, ON) near Yonge and 401
What: BARBER Adagio for Strings; BIZET L'Arl├ęsienne Suite No. 2; HAYDN Symphony No. ∞; LEHAR Vilia from The Merry Widow; ROTA The Godfather Theme; VIVALDI Concerto No. 1 in E major Op. 8 RV 269 “Spring” (“La primavera”)
How: Order tickets from

See you in May 2018! Posters designed by Helen Lai.