New Horizons Ensembles

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"It's never too late to learn" is the motto of New Horizons Ensembles!! New Horizons Music programs provide music making opportunities for adults, generally over the age of 50, including those with no musical experience at all, and those who were active in school music programs, but have been inactive for a long period.

Active participation in music fills important needs for adults—the need for challenging intellectual activity, the need to be a contributing member of a group, and the need to have future exciting events to look forward to. For many people, music can serve these vital needs better than anything else.

Here is what some participants have said:
" Being old, retired, and widowed, I joined the band to have something to
do. Now I don’t know what I would do without it."

" This comes at a time in life when you have the time to devote to it. When you join the band, you stick with it. Not many people drop out. It’s something that holds you."

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New Beginners welcome anytime!
Contact the CMS office to get started TODAY!


Joyce King, Director
Mondays 12 - 1:30pm
Church at College Station, 1225 College Station Road, Athens, GA 30605
$75 per semester
Schedule: ongoing throughout the year


Karen Bergmann, Director
Thursdays 10:30am - 11:30am
Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 800 W. Lake Drive, Athens GA 30606
12 week semesters: TBD

All New Horizons Band and Orchestra participants will be responsible for providing their own instrument, and black folding music stand.

Adult string players interested in playing in a chamber music group are encouraged to check out our chamber music page!!


Yoonsook Song, Instructor
Tuesdays, 4 -5pm and Wednesdays 5 - 6pm
UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music, 250 River Road, Athens, GA 30602
$120 per semester
10 week semesters: TBD


ADD-ON LESSONS to ensembles: Add two 30-minute private lessons to your ensemble experience: $60.
Lessons are scheduled at mutually convenient times between instructor and student,
and will be held in the UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music building.


Six 30-minute lessons

These lessons are offered to individual students who wish to join a New Horizons ensemble, but are not yet of the appropriate skill level to join the group. Students pay the $150 Tuition fee and receive 6 30-minute private lessons with a graduate student at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. Lesson times are arranged between student and teacher at mutually convenient times.  Most lessons occur after 4pm. Lessons before 4pm are available, but the student will need to pay for parking in the PAC Garage on the UGA East Campus.

Once the student is at the pre-determined level for joining the Band, String Ensemble, or Piano class, it is up to the student whether or not to continue with lessons. Once the student joins one of the ensembles, lesson fees switch to normal lesson fees in the Community Music School rather than the discounted introductory New Horizons rates.  Participating in lessons and the ensemble require separate tuition fees.