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Provo New Horizons Orchestra seeks new members

The Provo New Horizons Orchestra, sponsored by Brigham Young University, the Provo Eldred Senior Center and Summerhays Music Center, will begin its third season and has invited new members to join.

The orchestra will host special information and observation sessions for prospective members Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 28-29, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. The sessions will take place at the Sharon East Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 2400 North 1060 East in Provo just north of the LDS Provo Temple.

The New Horizons Orchestra provides music instruction for adults over the age of 40 who are interested in playing an orchestral string instrument, such as violin, viola, cello and bass. No previous experience is necessary.

“The New Horizons Orchestra program welcomes adults over 40, but is specifically aimed at seniors,” said Andrew Dabczynski, director of the orchestra. “The experience fortifies and restores intellectual stimulation, and provides opportunities that many adults may have previously relied upon the workplace to provide.”

Lessons and rehearsals are held September through May from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Sharon East LDS Stake Center. Tuition for the program costs $95 per semester, not including cost of instruments, music and related equipment.

Dabczynski serves as director and primary instructor of the program. He is assisted by Gordon Childs, formerly a professor at the University of Wyoming and orchestra director of the American Fork Symphony, as well as by Brandon Matthews, a BYU graduate student and conductor.

For more information, contact Andrew Dabczynki at (801) 422-2317 or BYU Conferences and Workshops at (801) 422-7692, or visit

Writer: Brian Rust

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