New Horizons Band

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

Please contact  director, Paul Hefner for more information.


Fall & Spring Sectionals:

Tuesday         11:30 AM         Flute/Oboe        Laura Hamm

                        9:15 AM          Low Brass         Paul Hefner

Thursday         9:15 AM          Percussion        Leon Khoja-Eynatyan

                       11:30 AM         French horn       Michael Buckwalter                 

*NHB starts Spring rehearsals on January 25, 2022



Band Meetings

Tuesday – whole ensemble                10:00 – 11:00 AM         Paul Hefner

Thursday – individual assistance        10:00 – 11:00 AM         Paul Hefner



Tuesday or Thursday                           11:00 – 11:30 AM       Instructors:  Various


Summer Price: 
Class Duration: 
60 minutes I Tuesday & Thursday
Semester Duration: 
6 weeks
Semester Begins: 
June 14, 2022
Spring Price: 
Class Duration: 
90 minute rehearsals twice a week, and 30 minute weekly sectionals
Semester Duration: 
15 weeks I Tuesday & Thursday
Semester Begins: 
January 31, 2022

Spring 2022 Classes

DayTimeStart DateLocationInstructor

Summer 2022 Classes

DayTimeStart DateLocationInstructor
Tuesday & Thursday I 10:00 am6/14/2022Winnetka Paul Hefner Add to Cart