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New Horizons Music programs provide entry points to music making for adults, including those with no musical experience at all and those who were active in school music programs but have been inactive for a long time. Many adults would like an opportunity to learn music in a group setting similar to that offered in schools, but the last entry point in most cases was elementary school. We know that for most of the last century, about 15-20 percent of high school students nationally participated in music. From that, we can estimate that at least 80 percent of the adult population needs beginning instruction in order to participate in making music. New Horizons Music programs serve that need.

The first New Horizons program at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York was designed to ... [read the entire article]

Dr. Roy Ernst
Founder of the New Horizons Program

[The following was written by Dr. Ernst (slightly edited) for the Introduction to “New Horizons 2004”, a book about many of the New Horizons bands and orchestras that have been created since the early 1990’s.]

I confess that in the late 1980s, when I was just thinking about starting a music program for retired adults, I thought, “Well, we would want to give concerts, but probably no one would come.”

I was so wrong. You will find that New Horizons bands and orchestras become important parts of their communities ... [read the entire article]

The President’s Corner
Frank Needham
President, NHIMA Board of Directors
New Horizons Band of Western New York
Fredonia, New York
January 2015

Greetings from the President of the Board of Directors!

The New Horizons movement started 24 years ago, and I imagine that you are as grateful as I am. I have had such a wonderful time rediscovering old things and discovering new ones.

The Free Dictionary defines “harmony” as:

  1. An orderly or pleasing combination of elements in a whole.
  2. A relationship in which various components exist together without destroying one another.
  3. A relationship characterized by a lack of conflict or by agreement, as of opinion or interest.

I especially like b. which I’m sure describes some of the experiences we have had when confronted with a new piece of music ... [read the entire article]

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