Frequently Asked Questions
The idea of senior adults playing music together was developed by Dr. Roy Ernst of the Eastman School of Music. He envisioned that many adults, as they approached and entered retirement, would be interested in making music in a group setting, but might not have the skills or confidence to get started.
2. How are New Horizons Music programs different from other music programs.
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 period. A New Horizons Music program should be inclusive rather than exclusive. There are no auditions. Every person has musical potential that can be developed to a level that will be personally rewarding.
3. I would like to join, but I don’t think I have any musical talent. Can I really do this?
Professor Roy Ernst says that EVERYONE has musical talent. “In more than 40 years of teaching, I’ve never found anyone who couldn’t learn music.” If no one in you family makes music, you would become a great example for them by starting.
4. I’m not 50 yet. Can I join?
Absolutely! The program originally was targeted for people 50 and over, however many groups, including this orchestra, allow membership that is open to adults of any age.
5. How do I know what instrument I should play?
Your preference is the most important factor and the starting point. If you like the sound of a violin, for example, you should start with that. If your heart isn’t set on a certain instrument, ask your conductor or a mentoring orchestra member what instruments might be needed.
6. How do I get an instrument?
You can usually rent a good instrument at a modest cost from a local music retail store. We can give you a referral if needed. If you have an instrument in the attic or find one at a garage sale, take it to a music store that has a repair shop to find out if it’s worth repairing and how much it would cost to put it in good condition.
7. How much does it cost to join?
This Orchestra charges $25.00 per month to help cover expenses. Come and look us over without charge.
8. Where and how frequently will we perform?
In addition to formal concerts, New Horizons Groups often play for Retirement and nursing homes. Performance will most likely occur quarterly. Our initial recital was presented in Church Sanctuary to a receptive audience of family and friends.
9. How do I get started?
Just contact us… or drop in on a rehearsal.