New Horizons Orchestra

The BYU New Horizons Orchestra was established in 2003 to create an opportunity for adults—and especially for senior adults—to begin study of a musical instrument. It serves as an entry point into instrumental music education for people who have never played before, and a re-entry point for those who may have been away from music making for many years. It also serves as a laboratory teaching setting for BYU music education students, and a vehicle for identifying and studying the ways music can affect family life.

The New Horizons Orchestra is sponsored by the BYU School of Music.


  • Who may participate: Adults age 40 and up
  • Participants must provide their own instrument (violin, viola, cello or bass) and folding music stand.
  • Required Texts:
    • String Explorer, Book 1 and Book 2 for your own instrument (Alfred Publishing Co.)
    • Fiddlers Philharmonic (blue cover — Alfred Publishing Co.)
    • Fiddlers Philharmonic Encore (red cover — Alfred Publishing Co.)
    • Optional: A copy of Basic Fiddlers Philharmonic: Old-Time Fiddle Tunes for your instrument (Alfred Publishing Co.)
  • Other music is provided. Participants may need to purchase additional music at a later time.
  • Materials are available from most local music stores (recommended), and also from many online stores.

If you have any questions regarding the BYU New Horizons Orchestra, please email

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