Eastman - Rochester New Horizons Music
The Birthplace of New Horizons. Founded in 1991 by Dr. Roy Ernst, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
About Eastman - Rochester New Horizons Music
The New Horizons Program began in 1991 at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY under the guidance of Roy Ernst, now Professor Emeritus from that school. Since that time, the idea has been adopted throughout the U. S. and in Canada, resulting in the forming of more than 200 organizations.
While New Horizons was designed in particular for senior adults, there is no minimum or maximum age or ability requirement. All are welcome, especially beginners. Members include those with little or no experience, those who have postponed participating in an ensemble due to career and family, and seasoned musicians. All agree that New Horizons is a community of music-makers flourishing in a non-competitive, collaborative, and supportive environment.
The Rochester (NY) program includes beginning, intermediate and advanced bands, a Big Band, beginning strings, full and string orchestras, a chorus, and several chamber ensembles.
The Rochester program is part of the New Horizons International Music Association (NHIMA), which offers benefits that include reduced rates at music camps for individual NHIMA members. For more information about NHIMA, go to www.newhorizonsmusic.org
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The mission of the New Horizons Program of Rochester, NY is to provide the opportunity for adults to perform music in an ensemble. Embracing the concept that adults can learn to play an instrument or sing at any age, the program is open to beginning and experienced musicians of all levels. New Horizons provides opportunities for its members to grow musically and to enjoy rehearsing, playing, singing and performing with others.
New Horizons Philosophy
The New Horizons Program exists for the enjoyment of its members. Regardless of previous musical background and levels of ability and participation, all are welcome. New Horizons is a member‐centered program. Members select the ensemble(s) in which they wish to participate. Consulting with conductors, section mentors and section members can be helpful in this process. The social component of New Horizons is very important. Members socialize during breaks at each rehearsal and at social events held during the year. New Horizons camps and exchanges with other New Horizons groups outside of Rochester provide additional opportunities for socializing and performing.
New Horizons & Eastman School of Music Relationship
Rochester New Horizons is affiliated with the Eastman School of Music. Members of New Horizons pay tuition to the Eastman Community Music School which, in turn, pays for our music, our conductors, our mentors, and our rent to the church where we rehearse. Our mentors are Eastman School of Music students in the Bachelor’s or Master’s program.
The Spirit of St. John's Community Award honors a community organization that provides or mentors seniors in one or more of the following ways: volunteer opportunities, lifelong learning, fitness or wellness support, and/or artistic or spiritual guidance. Most importantly, the award recognizes an organization that truly exemplifies what it means to "embrace living". May 19, 2016
Click below to view the Eastman Rochester New Horizons Documentary produced by WXXI
New York Emmy Award Winner: Outstanding Arts: Program/Special
December 4, 2014 (WXXI Public Broadcasting)
Todd McCammon, Executive Producer; Thomas Dooley, Producer/Editor