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New Horizons is a program that provides musical experiences for adults, open to beginning and experienced musicians of all levels.There are no auditions. Members enjoy rehearsing, playing, singing and performing with others in bands, small ensembles, orchestras and/or a chorus. The Eastman-Rochester New Horizons program was founded by Roy Ernst in 1990 and is affiliated with the Eastman Community Music School. 


Making good music is a goal but equally important is just having fun and socializing with interesting people.

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2024 Spring Fling recordings available here.

Flute Happiness

Leslie Lindler

My name is Leslie Scott Lindler.  I am retired from the Defense contracting world. And, thanks to New Horizons, I'm truly hooked on making music.

I was raised under the soundboard of my mother’s Steinway grand in Canandaigua, N.Y.; began playing piano at age 4; and when reaching musical independence at age 8, gave in to the call of the flute. 

My first foray into New Horizons took place in 2022 when I went looking for the  Music Theory class at the Unitarian Church.  I ran into conductors Priscilla Brown and Deborah Parker of the Green Band.  They were kind enough to make a few calls which determined that the Music Theory class had been cancelled.  I must have looked quite dejected.  Priscilla asked, “Well what instrument do you play?”

I said, “Flute.”

She said, “Well, why don’t you join our band, we need flutes.”  And that was that.  No auditions required and a welcoming cadre of caring bandmembers. 

Read the rest of my story here.

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