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 and directed by Dr. Sam Tsugawa.


  • 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.


2016 New Horizons Orchestra Annual Spring Concert

7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 14, Annual New Horizons Orchestra Spring Concert

Orem Canyon View Stake Center
575 East 800 North, Orem

Chapel is on the north side of 800 North (note: there is also a different chapel on the south side of 800 North)


from I-15

  • Take the 800 North exit
  • head east toward Provo Canyon

from Provo

  • Take north University Avenue
  • turn west onto 800 North at the mouth of Provo Canyon