New Horizons Jazz Ensemble

Photo Courtesy of CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival 2019 – Thom Bell Photographer

Adult Ensemble
Teacher: Don Sherman
Wednesday, 11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
First Unitarian Church of Rochester
Tuition: $122 per semester

NH Jazz Ensemble is in the “Big Band” format; to include brass, reed and rhythm sections. Members will work on the interpretation of rhythms, dynamics, phrasing, contrasts and tempos. 

This  ensemble will rehearse and perform written charts from a variety of jazz eras or genres; to include: Dixieland, Swing, Be-Bop, Latin, Rock, Funk, Fusion and Pop. 

Members will have the opportunity to solo with the band by either improvising over a series of chords or playing  pre-written lines.

Players can expect to perform in Kilbourn Hall each semester. Although not obligated, selected players will be invited to perform at the Rochester International Jazz Festival and other community festivals during the summer.

Those desiring to enroll must possess at least intermediate level instrumental skills and can read written notation for their instrument. 

Rhythm section players must audition due to limited placement. Enrollment with permission of the director. Contact Don Sherman; dsherman@esm.rochester.edu for more information.

This is a yearlong course divided into two semesters. Spring semester will be automatically re-registered unless written notification is received by December 1.


New Horizons Discounts

  • Those registered in a core ensemble receive a 25% discount on all other New Horizons Ensembles. Core ensembles include Green Band, Intermediate & Advanced Band, Beginning Strings, Full Orchestra, Advanced String Orchestra, Chorus, Big Band, and Jazz Ensemble.
  • Those registered in Intermediate & Advanced Bands or Advanced String Orchestra receive 50% off Full Orchestra.
  • New Horizons tuition is FREE for those who are 90 or older.
  • Snowbird Policy: New Horizons members who are gone four or more consecutive months during the winter are asked to notify the ECMS office by December, and they will be billed for the fall semester only. All are welcome to attend rehearsals for the balance of the school year at no additional charge when they return. Click here for complete policy details.

How to Register

New students and students registering after mid-September: ECMS Registration Form 

Continuing ECMS students may re-register online from May until September.

Paper registration forms available upon request: (585) 274-1400

Once registered, students may begin attending classes. The only registration confirmation you will receive is your bill. You may log on to check your registrations at any time. Click here for complete details on registration and policies.