Today I gave a Horn Master Class to some very dedicated women in Peterborough Ontario. I was invited up by a new friend and colleage Ann Millen who is there coach and horn teacher. I was thrilled to be asked to give this Master Class and very pleased at the end of the 2 hour session how much these ladies had improved !
These women are all taking part in the New Horizions program newly set up in Peterborough. The New Horizons Band program was conceived by Dr. Roy Ernst, a professor at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester University. He believed that anybody can learn to play a musical instrument. The first New Horizons Band was formed in Rochester New York in 1990. To-day there are more than 100 similar programs in the United States, Canada and Australia. The program aims to provide instruction to adults wishing to learn how to play wind or percussion instruments. It is also for individuals who might have played in high school but put it aside for many years. Membership in a New Horizons Band can fill your life with music, new friends, fun and accomplishment.
The Peterborough, Ontario, Canada New Horizons Band was started by Mr. Peter Ford in the spring of 2002 with about 50 new members. Mr Ford has more than a 50 year history of musical education and performance. There are presently over 100 paticipants. Peterborough is the fastest growing of all New Horizons organizations. The band now has several groups, the main band, a wind ensemble, a saxophone quartet, a brass choir, a clarinet trio and a flute duet.
here is the link to their website : New Horizons Band http://www.nexicom.net/~datakey/NHB/main.htm
Wendy has suffered from morbid Obesity all of her life. This blog contains stories from the past and present. How her weight has affected her life. With daily updates and inserts, this all attributes to her recent decision (January 1, 2008) to begin her massive weight loss project. Her goal is to lose 200 pounds by her 50th birthday, being July 23, 2009. On July 1st Wendy reached a goal of weighing 250 pounds, but there after she unfortunately went off the diet. On Jan 1, 2011 Wendy started her weight-loss journey once again. An accomplished classical horn player, Wendy has performed with the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony , the Niagara Symphony, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician she has performed with the Toronto Chamber Orchestra, Amici Chamber Ensemble and Network Winds. Wendy is also Executive Director of the Community Folk Arts Council of Toronto.