We keep adults young and healthy through playing our musical instruments and socialization. Our lives are enriched by the mental and physical challenges of playing music, our interaction with each other, and in offering concerts to our community. Our bands and orchestras rehearse and perform 32 weeks a year! One of our members says ”NHBCOS challenges me to accomplish something and puts structure in my life.”
New Horizons is designed to serve an adult population, hungry for music learning and performance opportunities. Active participation in music fills the adult need for challenging intellectual activity. Many of our senior musicians, average age 70, had not played their instrument in 50 years or more! Many of our almost 200 members tell us “next to my family, NHBCOS is the most important thing in my life.”
Operating funds for purchasing music to keep our repertoire fresh, paying professional conductors, rent, insurance and other operational expenses not covered by participant tuition.
Playing a musical instrument relieves stress, improves the respiratory system, provides exercise, improves cognitive performance-things seniors need to stay healthy!
“In October 2018 I started playing the cello again after a 50-year hiatus. My teacher gave me a flyer about the NHBCOS. Playing in the Orchestra was what I always enjoyed most. At my first rehearsal I was in tears because I was so happy!” — Linda Anthony, Cello player, NHBCOS Orchestra