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. Andrew Dabczynski.


  • 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.


New Horizons Orchestra Annual Spring Concert

Thursday, April 14, Annual New Horizons Orchestra Spring Concert

7:00 PM ― Orem Canyon View Stake Center, 550 E 800 No, Orem.

Directions: from I-15 ― take the 800 North exit, head east passing State Street; from Provo ― take north University Avenue, turn left onto 800 North at the mouth of Provo Canyon.

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