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Eastman - Rochester New Horizons Music
The Birthplace of New Horizons.  Founded in 1991 by Dr. Roy Ernst, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
Donna Gates:  Percussion
Member Profile
Music and dance have been my main passions since I was a little child.  In my youth I
did a lot of singing although age and allergies finished off my singing voice.  I studied
piano through my young years and didn’t play another instrument until I came to New
Horizons in 2000. I started with the bells in Green Band and moved on to study
marimba with Ruth Kahn for three years.  I also studied a year and a half of vibraphone
with Sean Connor.  New Horizons truly opened up new avenues of musical experience
and joy for me.

I graduated from Beloit College with a degree in elementary ed., went on to get my
masters in learning disorders from the U. of R. and a Montessori teaching certificate.
Montessori ended up being my career, and I taught and directed a school for 20 years.

For many years I studied tap and ballet.  My most recent passion is ballroom dancing.