Eastman - Rochester New Horizons Music
The Birthplace of New Horizons. Founded in 1991 by Dr. Roy Ernst, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
I’m originally from Irondequoit, NY. My husband’s career took us to Massachusetts, Michigan, down state New York and New Jersey.
In 1997, while living in NJ, I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Literature from Ramapo College of New Jersey. One of my required courses peaked my interest in classical music.
Eventually we moved back to Rochester where I worked, until retirement, at the U of R Medical Center coordinating the 3rd year medical student clerkship program in the Department of Pediatrics. While living out-of-town I used to tell my husband that if we ever moved back to Rochester I’d love to learn to play the violin and take lessons at Eastman School but, in reality, I don’t think I ever expected to actually fulfill that wish. Low and behold, after I retired Vince bought me a violin and even did the research until he found out about New Horizons (totally calling my bluff)! I’d never even picked up a violin at that point so this has definitely been a challenge as well as an unexpected opportunity since I had no musical background whatsoever.
I’ve learned so much, met many talented and interesting people (students and teachers alike ~~ thank you to the teachers who have worked with us, especially Agah Yarbo- Davenport) – it’s been a journey of personal growth while experiencing the joy of making music!!
In addition to studying violin I take watercolor classes and enjoy watercolor painting, traveling and spending time our five grandchildren (only the two youngest grandchildren live locally). Four year-old Levi currently takes violin lessons at Eastman (with a little nudge from Grandma) ~ he’s doing great; we’re proud of his progress!!
I look forward to continuing in the New Horizons Program and also would love to play in a community orchestra in the foreseeable future. I could never have imagined this a few years ago!