The New Horizons Program was started at the Eastman School of Music in 1991 and now has more than 100 programs in the United States and Canada. BW’s New Horizons offers adults the opportunity to learn to play a string, woodwind, brass or percussion instrument. It is perfect for adults who have never had the opportunity to play an instrument or for those who played during their school days but have not had the opportunity since.

We offer bands (beginning, intermediate and advanced levels), jazz band, string orchestras (beginning, intermediate and advanced levels) and chamber music ensembles. We ask that members bring their own instrument. If you need any help renting an instrument, please call us at (440) 826-2365 so we can point you in the right direction. BW's New Horizons Program is a partnership of the Community Arts School, Institute for Learning in Retirement and the BW Music Education Department.

The final performance is Thursday, December 12 at 7:00 pm in Gamble Auditorium (96 Front St.). This concert is free and open to the public!

No experience is necessary. We will even teach you to read music. Our program includes adults of all ages. Call (440) 826-2365 to sign up. Ask about our new members meeting on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Prelude Orchestra (Beginning String Orchestra)

Learn to play a stringed instrument! The beginning orchestra for new violin, viola, cello, and bass players designed for the adult who wants to experience the joy of playing a stringed instrument. Einstein said, "I know that the most joy in my life has come to me from my violin." Each Tuesday evening, adults participate in group lesson on their specific instruments and a string orchestra rehearsal. Topics to be covered include fundamentals of playing, note reading, rhythm recognition and group performance. No experience necessary and former players are welcome to join the class as a refresher.

Students must supply an instrument and a music stand. Music book: Essential Elements for Strings 2000.


 

Intermezzo Orchestra (Intermediate String Orchestra)

Enjoy being part of a group of fellow string players! For adults who have not yet mastered all musical concepts in a level-two method book, but have had experience with note reading, using the bow and playing C, G, D, A, F and Bb major scales. Heifetz said, "There is no top. There are always further heights to reach." Each Tuesday evening, adults participate in group lessons on their specific instruments and a string orchestra rehearsal. The small group format will allow for both peer support and individual attention.

Students must supply an instrument and a music stand. Music book: Essential Elements for Strings 2000.


 

Symphony Orchestra (Advanced String Orchestra)

This level is open to all intermediate and advanced string players who have experience with advanced bowing techniques and position work. If you are interested in studying and performing a wide variety of musical styles from the great classical masters to Broadway hits and pop tunes, then join us on Tuesday evenings for string repertoire sectionals followed by a rehearsal. This is a more intense musical experience that assumes the student has reached a reasonable degree of independence on their instrument. Repertoire sectionals focus on music to be performed rather than etudes or study books.