Syracuse New Horizon Music Ensemble to perform at Dec. 16 IRP

On Thursday, Dec. 16, the Institute for Retired Professionals (IRP) will host members of the Syracuse New Horizon Music Ensemble, who will present an interactive program. In addition to music selections, members of the group will lead a discussion centered around music participation by senior citizens. Jean MacLeod-O’Leary, owner of the Greater Syracuse School of Music, and Don Goodness, music director of the ensemble, will raise awareness of the important role that music plays in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

MacLeod-O’Leary received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, and a master’s degree in education from SUNY Oswego.

Goodness earned a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oswego and a master’s degree in music from The Catholic University of America. He completed advanced study at the Eastman School of Music.

The Institute for Retired Professionals, established by University College of Syracuse University, provides opportunities for retired people to stay intellectually active, to expand interests and make new acquaintances. Presentations are made by Syracuse University faculty and specialists within the community.

The program is free and open to the public. Meetings are held the first and third Thursday of each month from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Syracuse, 5833 E. Seneca Turnpike, Jamesville. Several times each year, members may take part in special activities such as day trips, tours and luncheons.

For more information on this program, call University College of Syracuse University at (315) 443-4846.