The Preparatory Department of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM Prep) is delighted to announce the launch of the New Horizons Orchestra, an innovative program for beginning musicians over the age of 50 who want to learn to play a musical instrument. No previous musical experience is required, and it truly is “never too late” to learn!

CCM Prep will host a series of informational “play days” in November, giving prospective new students the chance to learn more about the New Horizons Orchestra and to try out various string instruments under the guidance of CCM educators and other local string professionals. Instrument purchase and rental information will also be available at each meeting. Those who would like to know more, but are unable to attend one of the informational meetings, may contact CCM Prep at 513-556-2595.

Information “Play Day” Sessions

  • 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at UC Blue Ash (OLLI Brown Bag Lunch Class)
  • 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Sycamore Senior Center
  • 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Mayerson JCC
  • 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, at St. James Episcopal Church in Westwood

Starting Jan. 15, 2014, CCM Prep will hold its first New Horizons Orchestra lessons and rehearsal. Lessons and rehearsals will be held on Wednesday mornings from 9-11 a.m. on the fourth floor of the Tangeman University Center (TUC), which is located next to CCM with easy access from the CCM garage. The cost of the program will be $125, not including instrument rental. BettyAnne Gottlieb, Assistant Professor of Music Education (Strings) at CCM, will serve as the New Horizons Orchestra’s conductor assisted by area string teachers and CCM music students. Complete information including cost and registration information is available at ccm.uc.edu/prep.

The result of a ground-breaking music course at the University of Rochester’s (NY) Eastman School of Music, the New Horizons Orchestra concept has become a popular performing ensemble in communities across the U.S., enticing amateur musicians ranging in age from their early 50s to mid-80s. According to Roy Ernst, founder of the program, “Playing music in groups supports good mental and physical health, besides being an unending source of joy.” The New Horizons Orchestra is modeled after similar New Horizons Band and Orchestra programs across the U.S., which have been featured in many national newspaper and journal articles and on NBC’s Today Show.

About the Preparatory Department of UC’s College-Conservatory of Music 
CCM Prep offers classes, lessons and performing opportunities for students of all ages and abilities in music, theatre and dance. More than 2,000 students participate in programs, classes and summer arts camps. To receive a program brochure or additional information, please contact CCM Prep at 513-556-2595 or ccmprep@uc.edu, or visit ccm.uc.edu/prep.

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