New Horizons Music North York is a member of New Horizons Music International which has nearly 200 member groups worldwide, The New Horizons Music program was founded in the 1990’s by Dr. Roy Ernst of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. The goal of the organization is to engage adults in group music making, including those with little or no musical experience, as well as those who were active in school music programs but have been inactive for a long period. Many studies have shown that there are multiple benefits to playing music in a group, and that as we age, music keeps our brains and bodies active, enhances our enjoyment in life, and provides opportunities for positive social interactions and friendship. New Horizons is an inclusive organization geared towards the creation of nurturing, non-judgemental musical experiences for all participants.
New Horizons Music North York began in February of 2017, when Susan Baskin was invited to take over a concert band, at the Long and McQuade location in North York, that had lost its conductor. Since then, the program has grown to three ensembles: the original concert band—now the Monday night Concert Band; the Wednesday night Intensive Band Class; and the Thursday afternoon ukulele ensemble.