Community Music School
Hugh Hodgson School of Music
250 River Road, Room 230
Athens, GA 30602-7287
(706) 542-2894



ensembles for beginning adults

partnered with
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Concept and Philosophy

"It's never too late to learn" is the motto of New Horizons Ensembles!! New Horizons Music programs provide music making opportunities for adults, including those with no musical experience at all and those who were active in school music programs, but have been inactive for a long period.

Active participation in music fills important needs for adults—the need for challenging intellectual activity, the need to be a contributing member of a group, and the need to have future exciting events to look forward to. For many people, music can serve these vital needs better than anything else. Here is what some participants say:
" Being old, retired, and widowed, I joined the band to have something to
do. Now I don’t know what I would do without it."

" This comes at a time in life when you have the time to devote to it. When you join the band, you stick with it. Not many people drop out. It’s something that holds you."

For additional information about New Horizons International Music Association, visit:

New Beginners welcome anytime!
Contact the CMS office to get started TODAY!

Joyce King, Director
Mondays 12 - 1:30pm
Church at College Station
1225 College Station Road, Athens, GA 30605


Kathleen Powell, Director
Thursdays 10:30am - 11:30am
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
800 W. Lake Drive, Athens GA 30606


Fall 2017:  September 14 - November 15
Spring 2018: TBD


All New Horizons Band and Orchestra participants will be responsible for providing their own instrument, and black folding music stand.

Adult string players interested in playing in a chamber music group are encouraged to check out our chamber music page!!


Crystal Wu, Instructor
Wednesdays, 4 - 6pm

Hugh Hodgson School of Music, 250 River Road, Athens, GA 30602
Fall 2017: September 13 - November 15

Add 2 30-minute private lessons to your class experience:
(includes class and lessons).
Lessons are scheduled at mutually convenient times between instructor and student
and will be held in the School of Music building.



Six 30-minute lessons

These lessons are offered to individual students who wish to join a New Horizons ensemble, but are not yet of the appropriate skill level to join the group. Students pay the $95 Tuition fee (no discount eligible) and receive 6 30-minute private lessons with a graduate student at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. Lesson times are arranged between student and teacher at mutually convenient times. Most lessons occur after 4pm. Lessons before 4pm are available, but the student will need to pay for parking in the PAC Garage. Once the student is at the pre-determined level for joining the Band, Orchestra, or Piano class, it is up to the student whether or not to continue with lessons. Lessons and participating in the ensemble or class require separate tuition fees. OLLI/ACCA discounts only apply to ensemble participation, not lessons.

Also, be sure to check out our Beginning Guitar classes for Adults





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