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New Horizons

The New Horizons ensemble concept was founded at the Eastman School of Music in 1991 and has since been adopted by more than 90 organizations throughout the United States. New Horizons is an offering for adult students with no age requirement with members ranging in age from twenty to ninety years old.

Groups meet weekly for eight sessions and perform in concert at the end of each quarter. Participants must provide their own instruments in good repair. Band, String Orchestra and select, smaller ensembles are available.

New Horizons groups have appeared at the Sheffield Garden Walk, Renaissance Court at the Chicago Cultural Center, and Sunrise of Lincoln Park.

New Horizons Concert Band

No previous musical experience is necessary. Novices start with Beginner band or Duo lessons that concentrate on basic instrumental technique and note reading. More experienced players enter directly into Intermediate/Advanced Band.

  • Thomas Madeja, Conductor
  • 90-minute weekly sessions
  • Sundays 7:30pm - 9:00pm
  • $98 | 8 sessions or $192 | year
  • $30 | year for College students

String Orchestra

Participants must have previous instrumental experience. Less experienced players begin with string sectionals. Intermediate/Advanced players enter directly into the String Orchestra.

  • Mina Zikri, Conductor
  • 90-minute weekly sessions
  • Sundays 4:00pm - 5:30pm
  • $98 | 8 sessions or $192 | year
  • $30 | year for College students

Jazz Ensemble   

For intermediate wind and brass players, this class will explore jazz standards and focus on developing improvisational skills.

  • Thomas Madeja, Conductor
  • 60-minute weekly sessions
  • Sundays 6:15pm - 7:15pm
  • $94 | 8 sessions
  • $68 for CMD students enrolled in New Horizons Band

Flute Ensemble    

This ensemble is perfect for intermediate and advanced flutists who are interested in exploring the rich literature available for flute choir.

  • Dalia Chin, Instructor
  • 60-minute weekly sessions
  • Sundays 6:15pm - 7:15pm
  • $94 | 8 sessions
  • $68 for students enrolled in New Horizons Band