New Horizons Orchestra

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. 


Danielle Girard is a Canadian violinist and educator. For several years, she held a teaching position in Atlantic Canada, while also performing with orchestral and chamber groups throughout the region. Danielle is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Music Education at the Jacobs School of Music.

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Schedule and location

Fall semester
September 18Registration and payment due; rehearsals begin
December 11Rehearsals conclude
Spring semester
January 22Registration and payment due; rehearsals begin
March 11, April 8No class
April 22Rehearsals conclude

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

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

Program tuition

  • Tuition - $175 

Spring Semester Requirements

During the Spring semester we welcome participants with previous experience. Please use the following general guidelines to determine if this is the right time for you to join. We welcome complete beginners in the fall semester and encourage those with no previous experience to join us at that time. Feel free to contact us with any questions about your experience!
  • Violin - G Major scale (2-octaves; starting from open G string)
  • Viola - C Major scale (2 octaves; starting from open C string)
  • Cello - C Major scale (2 octave; starting from open C string)
  • Bass - G Major scale (2 octaves; starting from open E string, finger 2)

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 Spring!

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