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New Horizons Band Concert


Free and open to the public


The New Horizons Band is an educational program founded at the Eastman School of Music and designed for adults ages 50 and up. The band rehearses on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and participants also receive a once weekly sectional. Members of Music Institute of Chicago's New Horizons Band find this experience to be enjoyable, healthful, musically and personally satisfying, and a wonderful opportunity for social interaction. Our New Horizons Band plays public concerts in MIC's historic Nichols Concert Hall and in local communities.


The Music Institute of Chicago’s Adult Studies Program welcomes anyone older than 18 and offers a wide selection of opportunities including private instruction, chamber music, group classes, musicianship, music appreciation, bands and orchestras. The faculty excels in adult education and provides a supportive environment. Beginners, returning students, and lifelong learners are welcome!


Paul Hefner, director


Trained in music education and performance, along with 11 years of college teaching experience, Paul's music work often includes judging Jr. High and High School solo and ensemble contests as well as band, orchestra, and jazz contests. In addition, Paul taught music for 11 years as adjunct faculty at the College of Lake County. There he instructed low brass, concert band, and jazz band. Also, Paul has been a featured trombone soloist with national groups including Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, Windjammers Unlimited in Florida, as well as local groups including FullScore Chamber Orchestra, and the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra.


Teaching at the Music Institute of Chicago, Paul is privileged to conduct the New Horizons Band, focusing on bringing the band to performance level with new repertoire for multiple concerts each season. In addition, he directs the Golden Years Swing Band, focusing on jazz styles and improvisation.