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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
About Eastman - Rochester New Horizons Music
​The New Horizons Program began in 1991 at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY under the guidance of Roy Ernst, now Professor Emeritus from that school. Since that time, the idea has been adopted throughout the U. S. and in Canada, resulting in the forming of more than 200 organizations.
While New Horizons was designed in particular for senior adults, there is no minimum or maximum age or ability requirement. All are welcome, especially beginners. Members include those with little or no experience, those who have postponed participating in an ensemble due to career and family, and seasoned musicians. All agree that New Horizons is a community of music-makers flourishing in a non-competitive, collaborative, and supportive environment.
The Rochester (NY) program includes beginning, intermediate and advanced bands, a Big Band, beginning strings, full and string orchestras, a chorus, and several chamber ensembles.
The Rochester program is part of the New Horizons International Music Association (NHIMA), which offers benefits that include reduced rates at music camps for individual NHIMA members. For more information about NHIMA, go to www.newhorizonsmusic.org
For more information contact the Eastman Community Music School office.
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Mission Statement 
The mission of the New Horizons Program of Rochester, NY is to provide the opportunity for adults to perform music in an ensemble. Embracing the concept that adults can learn to play an instrument or sing at any age, the program is open to beginning and experienced musicians of all levels. New Horizons provides opportunities for its members to grow musically and to enjoy rehearsing, playing, singing and performing with others.  
New Horizons Philosophy 
The New Horizons Program exists for the enjoyment of its members. Regardless of previous musical background and levels of ability and participation, all are welcome. New Horizons is a member‐centered program. Members select the ensemble(s) in which they wish to participate. Consulting with conductors, section mentors and section members can be helpful in this process. The social component of New Horizons is very important. Members socialize during breaks at each rehearsal and at social events held during the year. New Horizons camps and exchanges with other New Horizons groups outside of Rochester provide additional opportunities for socializing and performing.
New Horizons & Eastman School of Music Relationship 
Rochester New Horizons is affiliated with the Eastman School of Music. Members of New Horizons pay tuition to the Eastman Community Music School which, in turn, pays for our music, our conductors, our mentors, and our rent to the church where we rehearse. Our mentors are Eastman School of Music students in the Bachelor’s or Master’s program. 
On occasion our rehearsals are conducted by conductors from the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Eastman School of Music.
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Eastman Rochester New Horizons Program Wins "Spirit of St. John's Community Award"
The Spirit of St. John's Community Award honors a community organization that provides or mentors seniors in one or more of the following ways: volunteer opportunities, lifelong learning, fitness or wellness support, and/or artistic or spiritual guidance. Most importantly, the award recognizes an organization that truly exemplifies what it means to "embrace living".  May 19, 2016
Click the image to view the Eastman Rochester New Horizons Documentary produced by WXXI
New York Emmy Award Winner: Outstanding Arts: Program/Special
"Music for Life" Wins 2014 New York Emmy Award: Outstanding Arts: Program/Special
December 4, 2014 (WXXI Public Broadcasting)
Todd McCammon, Executive Producer; Thomas Dooley, Producer/Editor
New Horizons Music programs provide entry points to music making for adults, including those with no musical experience at all and those who were active in school music programs but have been inactive for a long time.  Join us!
Click here to learn more about Dr. Ernst and the Founding of New Horizons Music!​
Welcome to Eastman - Rochester New Horizons Music
Marjorie Relin talks oboe by Brenda Tremblay
Rochester, NY When Marjorie Relin picked up the oboe, she was two years away from retirement. Like many adult musicians, she's discovered a creative outlet that makes her happy. Her sense of accomplishment keeps her motivated, and playing with the New Horizons Orchestra has become an important part of her life. In this podcast from WXXI, she tells Classical 91.5's Brenda Tremblay the story of what happened when she was recently faced with the possibility she wouldn't be able to play again.
Interview of Roy Ernst about the "History of Eastman Rochester New Horizons Program"
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