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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. Many adults would like an opportunity to learn music in a group setting similar to that offered in schools, but the last entry point in most cases was elementary school. We know that for most of the last century, about 15-20 percent of high school students nationally participated in music. From that, we can estimate that at least 80 percent of the adult population needs beginning instruction in order to participate in making music. New Horizons Music programs serve that need.

The first New Horizons program at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York was designed to ... [read the entire article]

Dr. Roy Ernst
Founder of the New Horizons Program

[The following was written by Dr. Ernst (slightly edited) for the Introduction to “New Horizons 2004”, a book about many of the New Horizons bands and orchestras that have been created since the early 1990’s.]

I confess that in the late 1980s, when I was just thinking about starting a music program for retired adults, I thought, “Well, we would want to give concerts, but probably no one would come.”

I was so wrong. You will find that New Horizons bands and orchestras become important parts of their communities ... [read the entire article]

The President’s Corner
Ron Berry
President, NHIMA Board of Directors
New Horizons Band of Northern New York
Potsdam, New York
January 2014

Greetings All!

It is a great honor to serve you as the President of the Board of Directors. There is work to be done, and I have a great team of supportive Directors to assist with the tasks. And we, the Board along with all of you, continue to benefit from the wisdom and guidance of our founder, Roy Ernst.

We are coming out of 2013 with a healthy bank account, largely due to a generous bequest from a former member of the University of Dayton NHB, memorial donations, and other anonymous gifts. Our dues pay for our business necessities, but these donated monies allow NHIMA to award 'camperships' to first-time campers, provide start-up grants to new music groups, commission music, and lend seed monies to groups to host music camps. Our website has ... [read the entire article]

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