New Horizons Orchestra

Session Dates and Information:


Adults 40 and up

Winter 2014:

Dates: January 15–April 17
Registration Cost: $115
Rehearsals: Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Spring/Summer 2014:

Dates: May 7–July 16
Registration Cost: $65
Rehearsals: Wednesday
from 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Fall 2014:

Dates: September 17-December 11
Registration Cost: $125
Rehearsals: Wednesday and Thursday 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



Summer Concert
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Provo Summit Ward/Foothill Chapel
Edgemont North Stake
4200 North Foothill Drive
Provo, UT 84604

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.