New Horizons Orchestra

New Horizons

New Horizons Bloomington is an adult beginner orchestra that gives people of all ages an opportunity to learn to play the violin, viola, cello, or bass in a group setting. We welcome complete beginners as well as those with some experience. Members will learn the basics of playing their instrument, how to read music, and how to play with others in an ensemble. We gather together to learn from one another, and have fun in the process!

Academy faculty


Andrea Kleesattel is a cellist and music educator. She is a former member of several professional orchestras in the USA and Japan and has performed in solo and chamber concerts around the world. She is an experienced Suzuki teacher with training in Dalcroze and movement practices.

Audrey Jo Williams, a graduate from the Eastman School of Music, is both a performer and music educator. She has over 10 years of experience teaching students of all skill levels. Audrey maintains a private studio in town teaching violin, cello, and bass. She also performs with the Bloomington Symphony. 

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Schedule and location

Summer semester
July 8Registration and payment due; rehearsals begin
July 29Rehearsals conclude

Meeting schedule: Mondays, 6:30-8:00PM in the Commons (lower level).

Location: Bell Trace Senior Living Community (800 Bell Trace Court, Bloomington, IN 47408).

For further questions regarding the program, please contact co-directors Audrey Williams and Andrea Kleesattel at

Program tuition

  • Tuition - $50

How to apply

  1. Application process: To apply, complete the online registration. No auditions are necessary to join.
  2. Payment: Accepting payment via credit card or check. Please do not send checks or any other forms of payment to the Office of Jacobs Academy.

Register for Summer 2024

Once you have completed the previous steps, please submit the Participant Agreement Form