We are thrilled to announce the continuation of the CCM Preparatory Department‘s (CCM Prep) popular New Horizon 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, so it is truly “never too late!”

Come to CCM Prep’s “Play Days” this month to learn more about the New Horizons Orchestra and for the opportunity 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 of these meetings. Those who would like to know more, but are unable to attend one of the informational meetings, may contact the CCM Prep Office at 513-556-2595.

Information Sessions – “Play Days”

  • 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 9 at UC Blue Ash, Muntz Hall Commons
  • 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 16 at UC Blue Ash, Muntz Hall Commons

Starting this September, CCM Prep will hold its first New Horizons Orchestra lessons and rehearsals for new members. Lessons and rehearsals will be held on Saturday mornings from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Muntz Hall at UC Blue Ash for beginners and Wednesday mornings for intermediate players near UC’s main campus. The cost of the program will be $150, not including instrument rental. CCM Professor BettyAnne Gottlieb serves as the New Horizon 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/adults/horizons.

The New Horizon Orchestra concept is the result of a ground-breaking music course at the University of Rochester’s (NY) Eastman School of Music. It 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. CCM Prep’s New Horizon Orchestra was recently profiled by the Wall Street Journal.

There are various discounts for UC faculty and staff as well as Clifton area hospital employees. To receive a program brochure, or receive further information please contact us at 513-556-2595, email ccmprep@uc.edu or visit ccm.uc.edu/prep.

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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