Upcoming Events
Jazz Studies Recital April 25, 2020 3:30 pm Featuring MIC jazz combos
Keyboard Departmental Recitals April 26, 2020 2:00 pm

New Horizons Band

Paul Hefner, New Horizons Band Director


The Music Institute of Chicago invites you to join the New Horizons Band, 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.


If you played an instrument earlier in life and are ready to take it up again, MIC can help you get back in shape quickly and recapture the excitement of playing music. If you have never played an instrument before, it's never too late to give it a try. MIC's highly experienced staff of professional musicians/teachers will guide you every step of the way from producing your first sounds, through learning to read music, to developing your technical skills to the very best of your ability. This is a terrific opportunity to engage in a low-stress physical and mental exercise, and to meet people and enjoy new experiences in a friendly and non-competitive atmosphere. 


Questions about the program? 

Please contact Director Paul Hefner or call 847.905.1500, ext. 133.

Summer 2019 New Horizons Band

$105 • 6 weeks (Summer Session: June 11 - July 29, 2019)
The New Horizons Band provides adults older that 50 with an opportunity to learn to play a band instrument with their peers. The ensemble is open to those who already play an instrument but may have been away from music-making for many years, as well as those with no previous musical experience. Since 1995, band members have presented hundreds of free performances at area retirement homes, festivals and community centers, bringing music to those who might not otherwise have access to such performances.

Band Rehearsals
Tuesday & Thursday     10:00 – 11:30 am    Winnetka            Paul Hefner  

Tuesday & Thursday    9:30 – 10:00 am        Winnetka            Instructors:  Various


Summer 2019 Swing Band (ages 16 – adult)

60 minutes • $70  •  6 weeks
The Swing Band gives musicians of all levels the opportunity to play and perform jazz standards. Focusing on different styles and periods of jazz, members will play and analyze songs based on their current skill level and achievable goals.
Tuesday & Thursday     12:15 – 1:15 pm    Winnetka             Paul Hefner  

Fall Semester Begins Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Register now for Fall 2019 New Horizons Band >>