Eastman - Rochester New Horizons Music
The Birthplace of New Horizons. Founded in 1991 by Dr. Roy Ernst, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
I started taking piano lessons at age four when my mother found me crying at the piano
because I couldnʼt play what I was singing. When I was ten, I began playing ﬂute in a
traditional school music program in Park Ridge, Illinois, adding piccolo in Junior High.
The highlight of all this music activity was auditioning for and being accepted in the
Youth Orchestra of Greater Chicago when it was formed in my Junior year of high
I continued to play in band and orchestra during my four years at Iowa State University.
Once in Rochester, I played in the Greece band until, with three children under four, I
realized that I would either kill the kids or put away the ﬂute. I decided for the kids.
Once they were on their way, I went to grad school for a Masters in Social Work and
worked at Family Service of Rochester for ten years and in my own practice for ten
more before retiring in 2000.
When I was 68, I suddenly got the urge to play again and began lessons with Jan Angus
of the RPO. On my 70th birthday, I gave a recital in Howard Hanson Hall, the ﬁrst of
twelve during the next 10 years.
In 2000 Ken and I joined the New Horizons Band, and the fun began! When I sat down
at my ﬁrst rehearsal, I cried because it was so familiar and so good.
I guess itʼs OK to end up where you started.