Posted by on Jan 2, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

Congratulations to everyone on our FIRST holiday concert on Monday, December 11, 2017.

In spite of the snow, we had a well-attended, cozy concert at Willowdale Middle School with lots of great music and delicious refreshments.

Many thanks to our wonderful MC Paul Babiak.  Beethoven never conducted SO well!

Thanks also to EVERYONE in our New Horizons North York family who pitched in, from start to finish, to make  everything so special.  What a team!

Our next concert will be on Monday, June 11, 2018.


Daniel and Judy getting ready for the concert (left). Charles Trenant’s “La Mer”, performed by a NHM ensemble (centre). MC Paul Babiak (right).



A mesmerizing rendition of “You Raise Me Up” performed by the NHM NY woodwinds.


Susan and Ari, opening the concert with a Flute/Trumpet duet.

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Posted by on Jan 1, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments


COME and play in a CONCERT BAND for adults where your best is good enough!

No auditions necessary, and any skill level is welcome.

Please note we are only able to provide: bells, xylophone, and a drumset. Those without instruments can rent from Long and McQuade, 2777 Steeles Avenue W.


Mondays: 6:45 to 8:45 PM

Willowdale Middle School

225 Senlac Road, Toronto, M2R 1P6

Teacher/Conductor: Susan Baskin MA. B.Mus. B.Ed. OCT


Wednesdays: 6:45 to 8:45 PM

September 13th to June 11

Long and McQuade North York Lesson Centre

2777 Steeles Ave W.

Teacher/Conductor: Susan Baskin MA. B.Mus. B.Ed. OCT

Teacher/Conductor: Ari Skulko B.Mus. B.Ed. OCT

To register for our the 2017-2018 Season, click here for more information and the registration form:

2018-2019 SEASON



Are you interested in playing in a concert band for adults, but not sure about it?

Feel free to drop in and find out what we’re all about during the first week of our classes.

Suggested drop-in donation is $10.00.

For questions or more information, contact our director Susan Baskin at: or 416-721-2748

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YOU ARE INVITED! Drop In and Check Out Our Bands.

Posted by on Sep 10, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Are you interested in playing in a Concert Band for Adults, but you aren’t sure about it?

No problem!  You are invited to drop in to one of our September rehearsals and see what you think.

Concert Band  for Experienced Players is on Monday, September 11 from 6:45 to 8:45 at Willowdale Middle School at 225 Senlac Road in Toronto.

Concert Band for Beginners and those needing a refresher course is on Wednesday, September 13 from 6:45 to 8:45 at Long and McQuade, in the Lesson Centre, at 2777 Steeles Ave. W.    

We have been getting quite a few requests for guitar and ukulele classes.  At this time we are creating a list of potential participants, and once we have enough, we will start up some ensembles.

LET US KNOW if you are interested!



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Posted by on May 28, 2017 in Uncategorized |

COME TOGETHER, our first concert, on Monday, June 12, performing along with the Ukulele Ensemble of Holy Blossom Temple, was a GREAT success!  

The Concert Band of New Horizons Music North York began to play together on February 6 of this year.  There had been a pre-existing group, but it became ‘conductor-less’ and folded in October 2016. With the help of Dan Kapp, of New Horizons Toronto, a search was put into place for a new conductor, and Susan Baskin stepped in in January 2017, and by February the first rehearsal was in place.  At the concert, on June 12, the band played seven selections, which is quite impressive given that the short amount of time that the band has been together.

The Ukulele Group of Holy Blossom Temple has been meeting for two years, for a couple of hours, most Sunday afternoons in the fall, winter and spring.  The vast majority of members began as total beginners.   The group enjoy playing a wide range of music, and most recently, has begin to play arrangements written specially for ukulele ensemble.  The group holds a jam session a few times a year, where members teach one another favourite songs.  The HBT ukers are also a favourite at synagogue events. The ukulele programme included seven selections listed below, and a special “Presentation in Song’ given by David Sandler about the history of the ukulele.


Many thanks to special Guest: Randy Kligerman of New Horizons Music International, who brought greetings from the international executive. Randy also brought us a special gift in the form of a ‘Start Up Grant’ from New Horizons International to welcome us to the ‘New Horizons’ family. Another special highlight of the evening was duet performances featuring our director Susan Baskin and Ari Skulko and Marianne Spilberg, who kindly stepped as substitute teachers, when Susan was unable to attend a rehearsal throughout the season.


Other Highlights:

Flute Duet #4 by Gariboldi: featuring Marianne and Susan (top left). Manha de Carnaval–A Day in the Life of a Fool (top right). Featuring Ari and Susan on Trumpet and Ukulele.  Ita showing the beautiful ocean drum (bottom).


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