New Horizons Orchestra

Session Dates and Information:


Adults 40 and up

Fall 2015:

Dates: September 16–December 10
Registration Cost: $125
Rehearsals: Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Winter 2016:

Dates: January 13–April 14
Registration Cost: $125
Rehearsals: Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Spring/Summer 2016:

Dates: May 11–July 20
Registration Cost: $65
Rehearsals: Wednesday
from 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Lessons and rehearsals held:

Oak Hills 7th Ward building (Apple Chapel)
1038 North 1200 East
Provo, UT 84604

New Horizons Orchestra


Concerts and Events

Winter Concert
Thursday, December 11, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Location TBD

Special Event
American String Teachers Association National Conference
March 18–21, 2015
Salt Lake City
Details TBA

Spring Concert
Thursday, April 16, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Location TBD

The BYU New Horizons Orchestra was established in 2003 to create an opportunity for adults—and especially for senior adults—to begin study of a musical instrument. It serves as an "entry point" into instrumental music education for people who have never played before, and a "re-entry" point for those who may have been away from music making for many years. It also serves as a laboratory teaching setting for BYU music education students, and a vehicle for identifying and studying the ways music can affect family life.

The New Horizons Orchestra is sponsored by the BYU School of Music and directed by Dr. Andrew Dabczynski.


  • Participants must provide their own instrument (violin, viola, cello or bass) and folding music stand.
  • Required Texts:
    • String Explorer, Book 1 and Book 2 for your own instrument (Alfred Publishing Co.)
    • Fiddlers Philharmonic (blue cover — Alfred Publishing Co.)
    • Fiddlers Philharmonic Encore (red cover — Alfred Publishing Co.)
    • Optional: A copy of Basic Fiddlers Philharmonic: Old-Time Fiddle Tunes for your instrument (Alfred Publishing Co.)
  • Other music is provided. Participants may need to purchase additional music at a later time.
  • Materials are available from most local music stores (recommended), and also from many online stores.