New Horizons

Program Overview and Philosophy

The New Horizons Program began in 1991 at the Eastman School of Music 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 100 organizations.

The New Horizons program was designed for senior adults, however there is no minimum or maximum age. 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 Eastman-Rochester New Horizons program makes available lessons and group playing opportunities for beginners (Green Band, Green Jazz Band and String Orchestra).  More advanced players may play in one or more groups including the Symphonic Band, Big Band, Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic and String Orchestras, a chorus, and several smaller ensembles (brass, clarinet, flute and saxophone). 

The Rochester program is a member 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

Link to Eastman – Rochester New Horizons Member Website:

New Horizons Vintage Jazz at the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival, 2019 - Thom Bell, Photographer

New Horizons Member Handbooks