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New Horizons is an Eastman Community Music School 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.

2021 Holiday Concert recordings now available in More, Performances.  Scroll to bottom of list.

Weren't able to attend the  30th Anniversary Event on Oct. 29, 2021?
Click here for Anniversary Event Playlist
Photos of the concert and award presentation

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One of the world's great music schools, ESM has a wide variety of musical degree programs but it also promotes music education in the larger community through its Community Music Department.


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ECMS is the arm of ESM that sponsors music education for all ages in the Rochester area.  One of its programs, aimed at seniors, is the New Horizons music program.


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Want to play an instrument
or sing in a chorus?
Never played an instrument?
Played but haven't touched it in 50 years? Or sang in a group?

The Eastman-Rochester New Horizons Program can help your musical dreams come true. Tailored for seniors, but open to all, our bands, orchestras and jazz ensembles of all levels and chorus help men and women enjoy the fun of making music together.

Check out the Ensembles page to learn more about those that are of interest to you.  Then click on the  Contact Us page, send us a message and we'll help you get started.


While New Horizons music started in Rochester, it has spread to hundreds of other cities worldwide. The umbrella organization over all these individual programs is the New Horizons International Music Association.


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Outdoor Concerts

Many of the New Horizons ensembles take the summer off, but a few have outdoor performances, including at the prestigious Rochester International Jazz Festival.  Click here for  their times and locations.

Covid Response

Great News! After rehearsing virtually this past year, New Horizons ensembles will resume in-person rehearsals at the First Unitarian Church in September 2021. All members and those interested in joining New Horizons should register now.

Click here for registration information.

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