New Horizons Band



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.


We are excited to announce the New Horizons Band will continue its traditional fall session and will be directed online via Zoom conference under the direction of Maestro Paul Hefner. Members will receive weekly practice videos to play along with and will have the opportunity to participate in a virtual performance at the end of the fall semester. The virtual performance will be a multi-layered video of the ensemble they can share with family and friends. Weekly Zoom meetings and practice videos will support individual progress, culminating in the multi-layered video. This class offers an opportunity for beginners through advanced students to take their instrumental skill and passion for music to the next level while staying in the comfort and safety of their home!

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.

$30 registration fee applies for all new students.


SPRING SEMESTER 2021 begins Monday, February 1, 2021.

We will observe Spring Recess: Monday, March 29 – Sunday, April 4.

Virtual New Horizons Band Sectionals • 30 minutes (included in tuition of New Horizons Band)

Tuesday         11:30 AM         Flute/Oboe        Laura Hamm

                       9:15 AM           Brass                Paul Hefner

Thursday        9:15 AM           Percussion       Leon Khoja-Eynatyan

                     11:30 AM           French horn      Michael Buckwalter

                     11:45 AM           Clarinet             Stanley Davis


SUMMER SESSION 2021 begins Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

Registration deadline for Summer session is June 8, 2021

No classes July 3-9

Band Meetings

Tuesdays 10:00-11:00am whole ensemble

Thursdays 10:00-11:00am individual assistance


Tuesdays or Thursdays 11:00-11:30am



If you miss the deadline or don't see a class that fits your schedule contact Guinevere Grimstad.

Summer Price: 
Class Duration: 
60 minute rehearsals twice a week and 30 minute weekly sectionals
Semester Duration: 
6 weeks
Semester Begins: 
June 15, 2021
Spring Price: 
Class Duration: 
90 minute rehearsals twice a week, and 30 minute weekly sectionals
Semester Duration: 
15 weeks
Semester Begins: 
February 1, 2021

Spring 2021 Classes

DayTimeStart DateLocationInstructor

Summer 2021 Classes

DayTimeStart DateLocationInstructor
Tuesday10:00 - 11:30 am | Tuesdays and Thursdays6/15/2021Online Paul Hefner Add to Cart