The University of Georgia Community Music School, in partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, will begin offering ensemble performance opportunities to senior citizens in the fall.
The new program is based on the New Horizons concept, a program that teaches beginning musicians over the age of 50. No prior musical experience is necessary, and all are welcome.
Rehearsals begin Sept. 1. The cost of the semester program is $100 (not including instrument rental).
An outreach program of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, the UGA Community School is designed to bring musical instruction to community members of all ages. The Community Music School faculty includes undergraduate and graduate music students enrolled in the Hodgson School of Music.
The concept of New Horizons was developed in 1991 by Roy Ernst of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. Ernst’s primary purpose for starting New Horizons was to give seniors the chance to develop their musical skills and to provide a comfortable, low-pressure environment that focused on the enjoyment of music making.
Since its inception, the program has quickly grown to include hundreds of programs and more than 5,000 members worldwide.