New Horizons International Music Association



Ken Carper – NHIMA President Board of Directors, Nominating Committee Chair, Coordinator of Business Memberships, Naples New Horizons Band, Naples, Florida

Ken Carper is a career musician/music educator and a native of Pennsylvania. His life has been a progression of steps from one musical plateau to another, from contemporary American music (pop and jazz), to traditional classical music, to world musics.

Ken’s Bachelor of Music degree is from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, a school known for jazz education and performance. Following this, his MM. was from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, a school especially known for classical performance. After a decade owning a rural music store, some happy life-changing opportunities led to a PhD at the University of Hawaii, in Honolulu. The University of Hawaii is noted for world music styles. Due to this, both Ken and his wife, Carol, have made MANY ukulele and hula friends at New Horizons band camps!

Ken and Carol spend summers in Everett/Bedford, Pennsylvania where he taught and founded/directed a thriving presenting and performing arts group, The Pennsylvania Consort. Ken has also taught in Hyattsville (MD), Honolulu (HI), Fallsburg (NY), and worked for many years as an online adjunct with Boston University.

After returning to the mainland from Hawaii (nearly 20 years ago), Ken discovered how chilly the Northeast can get and he and Carol relocated to Naples, FL. Ken can currently be found directing the Naples New Horizons band (with Carol a part of the French horn section) and teaching music history and world musics at Florida Gulf Coast University, near Ft. Myers, FL.

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Lori SchuettLori Schuett – Secretary NHIMA Board of Directors, Communications Chair, Mentor to Planning Groups, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

I joyfully play flute, piccolo, and alto flute. I have served as president, Board Director, and founding member of two New Horizons Bands in Peterborough. I also play in a number of small ensembles – Allegria Flute Choir, Classic Duo, Silver and Ivory (a piano and flute duo), and The Quintessential Winds woodwind quintet, which I lead. These ensemble groups are great fun and so rewarding when we play at retirement homes and similar venues. I also play piano.

My flute experience began in high school where I enjoyed five years of concerts and band exchanges. Then when I journeyed on to university my flute went by the wayside, and I never saw it again until 2002 when the first New Horizons Band in Peterborough was formed. It was quite a challenge to learn all over, but some things did come back to my memory, and my fingers seemed to know where to go after a few weeks.

I retired from a 32 year career in education teaching high school and college French and English and later photography was added to my slate. I spent the last 20 years of that career as director of a private girls’ school. This position was a very rewarding, albeit challenging job, considering the school was a brand new one that was starting from scratch with no academic records and few buildings to house classrooms. However build we did and stood proudly as our successful graduates went on to make their way in the world. Along the way in my less mature days I owned a plant store, taught gourmet cooking, and wrote cooking columns for the local newspaper.

When my husband Rick and I retired we were not sure what we wanted to do and considered living in Mexico. I took up photography seriously and taught some adult classes and wrote articles for magazines – one was for a music journal. However, when we heard about the New Horizons band being formed in Peterborough, both of us joined enthusiastically. Rick plays tuba and percussion, and we feel so privileged to share the joy of making music together and traveling to New Horizons band camps where we have made many wonderful friends.

I cannot imagine my life without my music – I am out almost every day playing in one of my groups, and if not that, then I am practising, walking, bidding at the bridge table, or shopping for shoes. We are also blessed with two adorable twin granddaughters whom we see as much as we can.

I am honored to serve on the NHIMA Board and hope that I can give back as much as this organization has done for me. Thank you so much, Roy, for the gift of music.

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Irene Cohen – NHIMA Board of Directors, New Horizons Band, Western University, London Ontario, Canada

I am lucky to have grown up in a family that placed a lot of importance on the presence of music in our lives. I grew up in the Netherlands and music education was a natural part of our growing up years. I started to play flute in my late teens but never played in a band or orchestra. I played solo or in small ensembles throughout the years while living in Israel and Canada. When empty nesting became a reality I read about the New Horizons Band at our local university in London, ON and decided to join. That was one of the luckiest days of my life.

Worried that I would not be able to join I practiced for weeks and was happily surprised that no audition was required when I arrived to my first practice. My music education had not been in English but none of that mattered because the international language of music surpasses all boundaries.

The NHB in London, ON offers 2 beginner bands, an intermediate band and 2 advanced bands. But, smaller ensembles and bands have formed over the years including a brass band, jazz band (Swing Shift) and many others. We also formed a klezmer band of which I am a member. The charming part of this band is that we meet once a month on a Sunday morning at someone’s home and practice simple klezmer tunes, have some snacks and coffee and perform at the local synagogue or events including our Hanukkah get together. There is nothing like playing music with some friends, while enjoying some goodies and good fun.

The NHB in London has offered bi-annual trips to Europe and I have travelled six times to many countries in Europe to perform and enjoy the wonderful places we have visited.

So many of us have formed close friendships and we often wonder what life would have been without NHB (unimaginable!).

I am the proud mother of two children who have developed their great lives in Toronto, Canada. I am a Family Physician and am slowly moving towards full retirement.

Both as a professional and as a member of NHB/NHIMA I have witnessed the enormously positive impact of ongoing adult education particularly in music. Roy Ernst’s vision to develop this program has been invaluable and I am proud and thankful to know Roy, be a member of this amazing organization and to be invited to serve on the Board of Directors of NHIMA.

Michael Foster – NHIMA Board of Directors

Music has been part of my life since the beginning.  My mother told me that I used to sing along to Eddy Arnold’s “Cattle Call” from the crib.  My first musical memories are calling square dances in Ruidoso, NM, at about age 5.  Also around this time I took piano lessons which I did not like one little bit.

Later, at age 7, guitar was recommended as physical therapy for an injury to my left arm.  I liked that more than piano, as I liked the trumpet when I took it up at age 9.  I played trumpet right up through high school, college, and after, playing in bands, pit bands, orchestras, informal caroling sessions, and anywhere it fit in.  Then I got to graduate school and ran out of time.  The trumpet went into the closet in 1980 (though I did play recorder in graduate school as part of an early music ensemble from our department).

After graduate school I had a very fulfilling career in computing, winding up as a high-level bureaucrat.  Also during this time I became a professional singer in the Washington DC area, which was great for work/life balance.  I sang under the inspired direction of Leonard Slatkin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Christopher Hogwood, John Adams and others, and won a Grammy under the direction of Bob Schafer. But all was not light and blessings.  From 1980 onward I had a recurring nightmare in which I had to play third trumpet in some little orchestra, and couldn’t remember how to do it.  In 2005, on the verge of retirement, I realized that I could banish that nightmare by taking up the trumpet again.

So I did.  From the first, I had all of the tone, range, and technique that I had ever had 35 years before.  For about 2 seconds.

The ensuing years have been a journey to increase that time and to increase my involvement in music.  My activities include trumpet and trombone in a local symphony orchestra, trumpet in a local community band, trumpet and guitar in a group that visits senior centers weekly, and freelancing where I can.  I play bugle for many events honoring our veterans.  I also keep up my singing career as a cathedral cantor in the Arlington Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church, as an occasional singer for the Bethesda Jewish Congregation, and with occasional freelancing.

New Horizons has been an important part of my journey.  The first time I played trumpet in public since 1980 was at a New Horizons camp; the camaraderie and musical variety are inspiring.  Serving on the board is the least I can do to advance this organization.

Judy-Rose-BioJudy Rose – NHIMA Board of Directors, Membership Committee, Special Projects, Eastman Rochester New Horizons, New York and Gulf Coast Symphony, Fort Myers Florida

A native of Rochester and graduate of the State University of New York, my career was secondary level computer programming education. My husband and I enjoy a blended family of five children, twelve grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren. Our hobbies include travel, gardening, and Red Sox baseball. Sharing Bill’s interest in antique car restoration, in 2013 we participated in the Hemming Motor News Great Race, driving the Great Mississippi River Road from Minneapolis to Mobile, Alabama. My passion, more than any other hobby, is being a member of New Horizons Music, which I’ve been involved in for nearly twenty five years. A recent honor was to have been invited to serve on the New Horizon International Music Association (NHIMA) Board of Directors. “Life Is Good” because of Roy Ernst’s dream . . . mature adults beginning or returning to making music.

My musical journey with the clarinet began in fourth grade, played a major role in my school days and ended with high school graduation. For more than forty years I didn’t touch a clarinet and one day encountered a group of “older” (New Horizon) band members performing a holiday program at our local airport terminal. Wanting to get involved, I bought a used instrument and I was surprised to find the dots connected to my brain and the fingers quickly responded. It took well over a year for me to find the courage to attend my first New Horizons rehearsal and it has resulted in a life changing, fulfilling musical adventure with a fringe benefit of acquiring new friends from near and far.

Being a member of Eastman Rochester New Horizons has been life changing; originally as a band member with the B-flat clarinet and currently as a bass clarinetist. Fifteen years ago, an RPO musician offered me the opportunity to use his bass clarinet and I fell in love with its deep, rich, dark tone. He later assisted me in choosing one of my own. In addition to band, I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to play bass with our NH orchestra, community bands in Penfield and Irondequoit, New Horizons Clarinet Choir, Bonita Springs NH Band and the Gulf Coast Symphony in Fort Myers, Florida.

Over the years, participation in NHIMA sponsored music camps has been great fun. My most memorable music experiences, under the direction of Dr. Alan Woy, have been Clarinet Choir performances at the International ClarinetFest conferences (by audition/invitation only) in Austin, Baton Rouge and Orlando.

Having served on the band’s gig and publicity committees, I’ve switched focus to our band’s “Play It Forward” initiative. Recognizing the impact of budget cuts on the Rochester City School arts programs, the PIF program funds timely instrument repairs, private lesson tuition and supplementary mentoring for music students at two schools in the district. These endeavors are funded by audience donations at our fall, holiday and spring concerts.

As a seasonal Fort Myers, Florida resident, I am a bass clarinetist with the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra and Bonita Springs New Horizons band. Thanks to the symphony’s community outreach program, “Music Works!” I have the opportunity to volunteer with an after school program for underserved children who wouldn’t normally have access to music lessons. This variety of “snowbird” activities make it a little less painful to leave my western New York music family during the winter months.

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Randy KlingermanRandy Kligerman – NHIMA Board of Directors, Communications Assistant, Administrator of the Recycled Music Project, New Horizons Band, Toronto, Canada

Life has been very good to me. I have four great children, a successful and growing international business and a wonderful, supportive wife. Having had limited exposure to music growing up I have always been drawn to music, but the thought of learning how to play an instrument, let alone joining a band, while really exciting, was a very distant dream.

In September 2010, I heard that a New Horizons Band was starting up in Toronto and they were actively seeking members. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that there were no auditions, no experience was necessary and that “your best was good enough.” In fact, I was so relieved and encouraged after our first class, which included learning how to untangle our music stands and properly assemble our instruments, that I immediately volunteered to join the planning committee and eventually created the role of director of special projects. Today, New Horizons Toronto has grown to over 200 members, with six concert bands, a jazz band and many small ensemble groups that we feature in our annual Chamber Suites Concert!

On a personal level, New Horizons has immeasurably enriched my life in ways I had not imagined. In these five short years with New Horizons Band I have learned to play the flute, made many wonderful new friends and participated in several adult music camps. I have been taught and inspired by many incredibly talented musicians and performed in concert bands as well as wind and flute ensembles. My thanks to Roy Ernst: I can’t imagine my life without music now and perhaps more importantly, the opportunity of making music a significant part of life when I retire is tremendously exciting.

I am honored to be a board member of NHIMA and look forward to sharing this amazing opportunity with anyone looking to enrich their life through music.

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Nancy Wombacher – NHIMA Board of Directors, Advisory Council Liaison, Planning Members Chair, Planning and Mentoring Committees

My “formal” music training began in a 3rd grade drum and bugle corps. DOUBLE FORTE was my specialty on bugle. In 5th grade I moved to cornet, and because there were only about 50 total students in our high school, we grade school kids were included in the “school band.” I LOVED playing in the band. Herbert Jones,  band director was my idol. He taught me the value of playing the written dynamics. He arranged for a program by Rafael Mendez (in person) in the Washington (Iowa) school gym.

After high school, I moved to Iowa City to attend Business College, where I met and married my best friend and dance partner, Ray. We have 5 amazing children, and 12 brilliant and beautiful grandchildren.

When our youngest child started kindergarten, I started as a freshman at U of Iowa, finished a degree in education, substitute taught for 1 year, and then accepted a position at UI where I continued my education part-time in the HHA Master’s program. I served as Departmental Administrator in the College of Medicine for 20 years, retiring in 1994 to travel with my spouse and attend grandchildren’s events, programs and activities.

During the “family/college/career” years, there was never time or opportunity to play the cornet, and for 40 years it remained in the case. Soon after retiring, I learned of the Iowa City New Horizons band and was welcomed by Dr. Don Coffman, and have been playing ever since. Two special events in my recent “music life,” were playing with Eastern Iowa Brass Band at the Internationall Brass Bands Competition in Cincinnati (where I also met Wycliff Gordon), and playing with Old Post Office Brass Quintet at the National AARP Convention at McCormick Place in Chicago. I feel very honored to have been elected to the NHIMA Board and am pleased to have been asked to return for an encore. New Horizons has opened doors for me that I didn’t even know existed.

Shirley Phillips – Event Committee Chair, NHIMA Board of Directors

I was born and raised in New Jersey and moved to Arizona as a teenager.   I meet my husband of 35 years in marching band.  We have two beautiful daughters, two great sons-in-law and one adorable granddaughter.

On a professional level, I enjoyed a career in Banking for 15 years and then starting a fine custom cabinetry business for over twenty years in which I’m currently the office manager.

Our Family has always had a love for music and all are very involved in various musical groups.  My father in law, Ron Phillips, started the Desert Foothills New Horizons Band in Phoenix, Arizona.  I’ve filled in the percussion and trombone section when needed.  At Age 46, I joined the group as an honorary member until I met the required age for the group.  I thoroughly enjoy playing in the Concert, Jazz and Dixie Band.  The New Horizons organization has opened the doors to many adventures and friendships.  I was on the board for two years as treasurer for our local group. I’ve attended several Camps starting in 2010.  The first camp I attended was the Cambria Music camp.  I remember the week before rushing to get all the details of my daughters wedding completed in Tucson.  The ceremony was on Saturday and the following morning drove to Phoenix to catch a fight out to attend the camp.  The experience was exciting and I looked forward to the next camp.

Additionally, I’m active in the Glendale College Community Band, Phoenix College Community bands and also the Scottsdale Philharmonics.

In the Past, I’ve participated in Drum and Bugle Corp, Vocal – pop and madrigal, Mesa and Scottsdale community bands.  I’ve volunteered as librarian of the Phoenix Youth Symphony for 10 years.

Bob Goold – NHIMA Board of Directors, By-Laws and Policies & Procedures Review

My journey to music was a long time delayed. I grew up on a farm in Central Idaho, worked at various professions including farming, carpentry, food service, and  as a military policeman with the Army.  While attending the local community college I discovered a love for accounting, graduated from Boise State and became a CPA. I met my wife Laura while finishing my degree and we found work in Central Oregon where she grew up.

When Laura joined the Cascade Horizon Band in 2006 with her flute, I became a roadie for the band. My main job was with moving the band equipment to the various venues.  By July of 2007, the draw to play with the band became irresistible and since I had played the French Horn in junior high, I searched for a teacher and became adequate enough to join.

We met Roy when he and Pat were visiting Central Oregon and became good friends.  This led to an interest  in NHIMA and I decided to apply for the Board. Hopefully I will be able to contribute as needed.

Dr. Roy Ernst, Founder of New Horizons International Music AssocciationDr. Roy Ernst – Founder of the New Horizons Program, Nominating Committee, Advisory Council, Tarpon Springs, Florida

Roy Ernst is a professor emeritus of the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, where he taught for 25 years and chaired the music education department for 12 years. In 1991, Dr. Ernst started the first New Horizons Band at Eastman for the purpose of creating a model program emphasizing entry and re-entry points to music making for senior adults. Later, he became the founding director of the New Horizons Music Project, funded by the National Association of Music Merchants and the National Association of Band Instrument Manufacturers. In that capacity, he used the New Horizons Band as a model to assist in starting more than 100 similar programs in the United States and Canada.

Publications by Dr. Ernst include books and articles on conducting, flute performance, and music education. He is the founding director of The Aesthetic Education Institute in Rochester, New York. He conducts frequently at New Horizons Institutes-national and international events for New Horizons band and orchestra members.

Before moving to Eastman in 1975, he taught flute, conducted the wind ensemble, and was a member of the music education faculty at Georgia State University. In 1984, he was a visiting professor at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Sydney, Australia.

Recognitions and honors to Dr. Ernst include the President’s Arts Achievement Award from his alma mater, Wayne State University; an Outstanding Educator Award from the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; The Richard Snook Award from the Monroe County Music Educators; an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, in recognition of his work in adult education; and recognition as one of the Grand Masters of Music Education by the Music Educators National Conference, the 85,000 member professional association for music educators.

Dr. Ernst began his career in Michigan, where he taught instrumental music in elementary and secondary schools. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Wayne State University and a Ph.D. from The University of Michigan. Dr. Ernst lives in Tarpon Springs, Florida with his wife Pat, who is a food journalist. They travel frequently to visit family and attend New Horizons events.

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~~~~~~~~~~ royDVDA one-hour interview entitled “Chordially Yours”, with New Horizons Founder, Roy Ernst, PhD.,  is available for purchase on DVD. Roy talks about his school days and early music experiences. He also talks about his early career and his time at the Eastman School of Music. Of special interest to those involved in New Horizons is the description of his original idea for a band for retired people and how his philosophy has grown into an international program. To order the DVD, send a check for $25.00 (which includes shipping) to Peggy Hall, 508 Panorama Trail, Rochester, New York 14625.