PORTLAND CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC LAUNCHES
NEW HORIZONS ADULT CONCERT BAND
“It’s never too late” is a cliché that is coming to life right here at PCM!!
Research shows that learning music can improve physical health and emotional well-being for adults, but there are often limited options for those looking to take up an instrument later in life. Portland Conservatory of Music’s New HorizonsAdult Concert Band seeks to fill the gap, welcoming both adults with experience and those learning music for the first time to join in a fun and rewarding music community. On September 10, 2017 the Portland Conservatory of Music New HorizonsAdult Concert Band had its first session. The program currently has a small but enthusiastic membership, and is looking for new members. MEMBERS CAN JOIN AT ANYTIME. New Horizons‘ motto is “YOUR BEST IS GOOD ENOUGH!”
ABOUT NEW HORIZONS AT PCM:
Tuition: $200/Fall, $200/Spring, $62.50/Summer
(Payment Plans available upon request)
Instructor: Nina Andersen (Oatley)
Course time: Sundays, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Course duration: Fall 16 weeks, Spring 16 weeks, Summer 5 weeks
The PCM New Horizons Band meets weekly on Sunday afternoons from 2-4 pm at the Conservatory (202 Woodford St., Portland). Each session begins with 1 hour of instrument specific instruction provided by our outstanding teachers, followed by a 1 hour full ensemble rehearsal where members work on marches, jazz tunes and other fun band arrangements. Members can play clarinet, flute, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, french horn, trombone, saxophone, oboe, bassoon or percussion. New Horizons offers 3-4 public performances throughout the year.
The program is run by Nina Andersen (Oatley) who brings a lifetime of passion and dedication to facilitating and supporting adults making music at whatever level they can. She believes community music making is a vital part of our cultural history that needs to be nourished and sustained.
Nina was the Music Director of the Portland based Maine POPS Concert Band from 1997 to 2016, served as Band Director at Freeport Middle and High Schools, teaches clarinet, saxophone and flute to students of all ages, works with woodwind players in local schools and is an accomplished clarinetist performing in the Greater Portland area with a variety of groups and musical genres – classical, contemporary, jazz, musical theatre and chamber music. This past year she became the Director of Adult Programs at the Snow Pond Community Music School and of the New England Adult Music Camp, both based in Sidney, ME.
The first New Horizons program at Eastman School of Music was designed to serve the senior population. Since then they have broadened to accept adults of any age – the new policy being “if you consider yourself an adult you’re eligible.”
Contact Hew Horizons Conductor Nina Andersen (Oatley):
Call PCM Registrar Meaghan LaSala at 775-3356 to register today!