The Athens New Horizons Band is holding a community interest meeting November 16, 6:30 p.m. in Room 550, Robert Glidden Hall

The Athens New Horizons Band is holding a community interest meeting November 16, 6:30 p.m. in Room 550, Robert Glidden Hall.

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New Horizons Music coming to Athens for people 50 and over; no experience necessary


The Ohio University School of Music announced a new community program of adult music education for those 50 years and older, with interest in learning to play instrumental music; no experience is necessary. The New Horizons Band will host a free and public informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in Robert Glidden Hall Room 550.

Part of a national network of adult music education programs, the New Horizons Band comes to Athens through Ohio University School of Music and Program Director Matthew D. Talbert, assistant professor of music education. Talbert was motivated to bring this program to the Athens area after his experience working with the Congaree New Horizons Band in Columbia, S.C., while working on his Ph.D.

“I’ve been wanting to start a New Horizons Band in Athens since I arrived last year. It’s a great way for adults to stay physically, mentally and socially active, all while having a meaningful musical experience. All are welcome and no previous experience is necessary,” Talbert said.

New Horizons Music was started in 1991 by Dr. Roy Ernst of the Eastman School of Music. Ernst envisioned that many adults, as they approached and entered retirement, would be interested in making music in a group setting, but might not have the skills or confidence to get started.

The Athens-based New Horizons Band aims to support aging adults who seek ongoing intellectual activity and the social benefits found in making music together.

The New Horizons Band community interest meeting is open to the public and free to attend.