New Horizons International Music Association



The Concept and Philosophy of New Horizons International Music Association (NHIMA)

Submitted by Dr. Roy Ernst, Founder of New Horizons

New Horizons Music

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 … read the entire article

My Introduction to New Horizons

Submitted by Ken Carper, NHIMA President

Each morning at about breakfast time I think about what chores or activities that I want or need to accomplish that day.

Alice & Eric Ernst

For the past two months, since I became President of the New Horizons International Music Association (NHIMA), writing a few paragraphs for the website and newsletter concerning my introduction to NHIMA has been on that list. Unfortunately, there have always been too many other things ahead of it on the list.

I’m looking around and seeing that the rooms are all painted, the lawn is smooth, the garden and houseplants are looking good, and my desktop is relatively clear. So today is the day to write about my entry into the New Horizons fold.  It’s not that I don’t enjoy writing. I love it.  I guess it’s writing about myself feels awkward. Fortunately, my New Horizons story can be told by writing about two friends.

Saint Alice. I did not grow up knowing he the names and stories of different saints. In our family, we tended to call anyone (especially a woman) a saint if they… read the entire article

Connect the Dots: Sir Isaac Newton, the Spectrum and our Musical Scale.

Submitted by Ken Carper, NHIMA President

Does your mind ever latch onto something by surprise? And then, before you know what’s hit you, it’s rambled off in a different direction.  Well, this pattern seems to be

increasing with me at the speed of light.  Light?  Hey, that’s part of what I want to talk about.  With the spring showers and the bright sunlight that sometime shares the sky at the same time, this is one of the best times of the year for spotting rainbows.

So, when my mind latched on the idea of “rainbows” I did a little research.  I learned… read the entire article

Music For Life – Featured Video

Submitted by Frank Needham, New Horizons Band of Western New York


As new videos are submitted, previous videos will be found on the Videos page. You can find the Videos page under the Media & News button on navigation menu.

 Have a video you would like to suggest? Click Here

Got high blood pressure? Listen up!

Submitted by Jon Nelson, Madison New Horizons Band

blood_pressure_examinationTo music that is. In the March 2015 Reader’s Digest it was reported that medical research has validated something we’ve all known for a long time… Listening to music has a calming effect. According to RD, in at least one study, it was found that listening to music for around a half-hour a day for about a month can have a significant positive effect on blood pressure. How significant? The researchers recorded a reduction of 12mm Hg in systolic blood pressure (the top number) and a 5 mm Hg decrease in the bottom number (diastolic pressure). This favorably compares to the benefits… read the entire article

See something in the News you’d like to share? Click Here

Founder of the New Horizons Program

Submitted by Dr. Roy Ernst, Founder of New Horizons

Dr. Roy Earnst, Founder of New Horizons International Music Assocciation

The following was written by Dr. Ernst 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 1990s.

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, performing in many different settings and for large audiences. The children and grandchildren of the New Horizons musicians often travel long distances to attend New Horizons concerts; it’s payback time.

When I started the first New Horizons band in 1991, my philosophy was… read the entire article

 Is Your Group Looking to Do Some Fundraising?

Fundraising potential for New Horizons groups comes in all shapes and sizes as well as levels of complexity. You should consider the level of complexity that best suits your group and your needs, and then develop an appropriate fund raising strategy. The following information should serve as a catalyst to formulate your preliminary fund raising strategy.

You need funds. You may never have tried to raise funds. You may be scared and nervous about the prospect of raising funds. These conditions and more, frequently stop people in their tracks… read the entire article