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December, 22, 2017
02:30 PM - 03:30 PM


Meeting Room W181


Roy Ernst

Roy Ernst

Every Community Should Have a New Horizons Band and Orchestra

Clinic Synopsis:

The New Horizons Band was created by Roy Ernst in 1991 at the Eastman School of Music with a grant from The National Association of Music Merchants. It was a model program for starting adults, particularly retired adults, with little or no musical experience. Dr. Ernst will talk about how playing music can make a major difference in quality of life for retirees and show many of them playing their instruments and talking about how it benefits them. He will also talk about the special support that is given for starting a New Horizons program. The musical culture of a community is incomplete without a program that provides a comfortable entry point for adults.

Roy Ernst - Biographical Information

Roy Ernst grew up in Troy, Michigan, attending Wayne State University for BS and MS degrees in music education and The University of Michigan for a Ph. D. He taught elementary school in East Detroit and high school in Livonia, Michigan. He moved to Atlanta to teach at Georgia State University where he was a professor of flute, music education, and director of the wind ensemble. Next, he moved to the Eastman School of Music where he taught for 26 years and chaired the music education department. Dr. Ernst received an honorary doctorate for his creation of New Horizons Music from Western University in London, Ontario. He is currently advisor to the Board of Directors of the New Horizons International Music Association, Inc. and regularly teaches and conducts at the many New Horizons music camps held each year. His home is now in Tarpon Springs, Florida.