NHMNY 2020-2021: AND THE BEAT GOES ON!!

Registration for the 2020/2021 Season is now: OPEN

In mid-March 2020, when our lives were suddenly changed by COVID- 19, New Horizons Music North York did NOT stop providing a meaningful program for its members.  We immediately switched to a virtual platform, and met throughout the spring on ZOOM.

Our members continued to play, and we produced a wonderful virtual performance of ‘Tomorrow’ from the Broadway musical Annie, which included both band members and ukulele players.  If you missed it, here is a link:  https://youtu.be/xne9MMxefOg. We were delighted that New Horizons Music International featured our Virtual Performance on one of their recent posts.

We also held a marvelous virtual Spring Concert in June, which featured individual and small ensemble performances by several of our members, an inspiring slide show, and our virtual performance of ‘Tomorrow’.

As we approach the fall of 2020, COVID-19 is still with us, and there are so many uncertainties.  We find ourselves in a ‘wait and see’ situation, with  questions that remain unanswered.   We still don’t know if we will be able to use our usual rehearsal spaces;  We don’t know if  it dangerous to play wind instruments inside; We don’t know how many people could work together in our rehearsal spaces;   We don’t know when will we be able to play together once again—like we used to.

One thing, however, is for sure—New Horizons Music North York WILL resume for the 2020-2021 season, even if we must continue to work virtually.   We are committed, as ever, to providing a meaningful and engaging program for our members.  The Beat WILL continue to go on!!

We have made the following decisions for the coming season:

  • our upcoming season will be slightly shorter with 25 sessions instead of 30.  We will begin our season in October, after the Thanksgiving holiday.
  • we will continue on ZOOM, and make more use of features like ‘break-out room’s’ for our sectionals and small ensembles.
  • we will continue to offer our band programs on Monday and  Wednesday evenings, and our ukulele program on Thursday afternoon.
  • we will offer a flexible schedule for our band members on Monday and Wednesday evenings, which will include: group warmups;  small and large group learning sessions; sectional rehearsals; ensemble coaching;  half-hour webinars on various topics;  multiple opportunities to make audio recordings which we will use as springboards for listening to ourselves to analyze and improve our technical and ensemble skills;  and opportunities to create virtual performances for small and large ensembles;
  • our participants will have the opportunity to perform (virtually or live if it becomes possible) at a Holiday Concert in December and at a Spring Concert at the end of May.
  • we will include a membership to Smart Music for all band members as part of our registration package.  We will use Smart Music for:  warm ups, technical learning; to provide feedback to participants who submit recordings;  and for performance materials for individuals, and small to large ensembles.

We hope you will join us for an exciting 2020-2021 season! 

We welcome you to sign-up for:

The NHMNY Concert Band
Mondays: 7:00 to 9:15 PM
Willowdale Middle School
225 Senlac Road
North York
Teacher/Conductor: Susan Baskin

Intensive Band Class
Wednesday: 6:45 to 8:45PM
Long and McQuade North York
2777 Steeles Ave W. Lesson Centre
North York
Teacher/Conductor: Ari Skulko

‘You Can Ukulele’
Thursdays: 2:00 to 3:30PM
Long and McQuade North York
2777 Steeles Ave W. Lesson Centre
North York
Teacher: Susan Baskin

 

To register and learn full details about our class times and fees please see our registration booklet. We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Questions?

Feel free to contact us, if not see below for some common questions and answers:

1. Do you have auditions?

NO! There are no auditions. Participants can pick the group that is the best fit. If you aren’t sure which group is right for you the director will be happy to help you with your decision.

2. I used to play a band instrument, but I haven’t played in a long time. Does that matter?

New Horizons Music is committed to bringing adults back into music. Our Wednesday evening INTENSIVE BAND CLASS is PERFECT for people who need a refresher course to get back to playing.

3. I have never played an instrument before. Can I start with NHMNY?

AT this time, NHMNY is not offering a program for total beginners. We suggest that you work with a private teacher at Long and McQuade, and once you have learned the basics of sound production and reading music, and can play some simple tunes, that you join our Wednesday night INTENSIVE BAND CLASS or our Thursday afternoon UKULELE ENSEMBLE, where you can continue to build your technical skills and learn to play in an ensemble.

4. What is the Level of the Monday Night Concert Band?

The NHMNY Concert Band plays at Level 200-300. Participants need to have technical and reading skills consistent with the completion of the second book in any standard Band Method Program (ie Essential Elements, Best in Class, etc….) If you are unsure what level you are at speak to Susan Baskin, the director.

5. Can I Play in More Than One Class?

Yes! Several of our Concert Band members also attend the Intensive Band Class (see the special rate offered), and some also participate in the Ukulele Ensemble.

6. Does NHMNY supply instruments and music stands or do I need to bring my own?

Participants will need to bring their own instrument, a portable music stand and the instructional method book used for the ensemble they play in. Most sheet music will be provided, although participants may be asked to buy their own copy of some repertoire collections (IE A Beatles collection for approximately $10).

If you need an instrument, you can rent from Long and McQuade. The retail store is across from the Lesson Centre where we rehearse.

7. Who chooses the music?

The director chooses a wide variety of music for the ensembles, including: pop, traditional, classical, jazz, folk, and movie/show selections. Suggestions are always welcome.

8. Is there a social aspect to the group?

One of the important goals of New Horizons Music is to create a vibrant and caring social group. We always set aside time during our rehearsals for socializing.

9. Do we pay by the rehearsal or for a period like a semester or quarter?

Participants pay for the entire year. The cost per class is extremely reasonable. (Snowbirds see below).

10. I go South for the winter. Is that a problem?

NHMNY offers a special rate for Snow Birds who will miss at least six consecutive sessions mid-winter.

11. Do you have public performances?

Yes! Performance is an integral part of the program. We hold a holiday concert in December and a year-end concert in June. This year we are considering holding a chamber-music concert in March for partipants who enjoy playing in duest, trios, quartets and quintets.