New Horizons Adult Concert Band
This fall the Portland Conservatory of Music (PCM) will launch a New Horizons Adult Band led by the Conservatory’s newest faculty member, Nina Andersen (Oatley). Nina brings a lifetime of passion and dedication to facilitating adults at all levels to create music together. She believes that community music making is a vital part of our cultural history, which needs to be nourished and sustained.
Nina was the Music Director of the Portland based Maine POPS Concert Band from 1997 to 2016. She also served as Band Director at Freeport Middle School and High School. She teaches clarinet, saxophone and flute to students of all ages and works with woodwind players in the local schools. In terms of performance, she is an accomplished clarinetist performing in the Greater Portland area with a variety of groups in various musical genres (classical, contemporary, jazz, musical theatre and chamber music). This past year she became the Director of Adult Programs at Snow Pond Community Music School and the New England Adult Music Camp, both based in Sidney, ME.
There are presently more than 80 New Horizons Bands and Orchestras throughout the country. The program’s message is simple: “You’re never too old to learn to play a musical instrument.” According to Ernst, adults have the time and motivation necessary to develop musical skills rapidly. What’s more, performing music can improve health and quality of life. For many of the members, the weekly rehearsals are welcome social events. To learn more about New Horizons, visit the program website at http://newhorizonsmusic.org. To discover more about the benefits of learning an instrument later in life, read the following interview with Roy Ernst, founder of the New Horizons organization: https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-joy-of-learning-to-play-an-instrument-later-in-life-1492999441
The PCM New Horizons Adult Band will offer weekly group instruction to participants on instrument, followed by a full band rehearsal. Instruments include: clarinet, flute, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, French horn, trombone, saxophone, oboe, bassoon, and percussion instruments. The full band will have three to four public performances a year.
To kick off the program, the Conservatory will hold informational “play days” in August to allow interested students an opportunity to meet with PCM faculty and try out various instruments. Music & Arts, a national chain offering sales and rentals of instruments and gear will also be on hand. Exact dates to be announced.