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Welcome to the Newbie Adult Chamber Orchestra--NACHO

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Thanks for your interest in the Newbie Adult CHamber Orchestra (NACHO)™
and the NACHO Music Society.

This is a beginners’ orchestra focused on bringing adults together who now have the time to pursue music and wish to learn an instrument or may have played an instrument several decades ago and now wish to re-ignite that latent musician.



Become a member

We bring adults of all ages together who now have the time to pursue music and wish to learn an instrument or may have played an instrument several decades ago and now wish to re-awaken that enjoyment.

At NACHO meetings you will learn how to follow the direction of a conductor and learn how an orchestra works together from sheet music and other materials.

NACHO is a social orchestra, we do not rehearse for performances.  We get together to play and talk about our collective musical learning efforts, share experience and just have a really good time…NACHO members must be able to laugh at mistakes.

NACHO is also a Group Member of the New Horizons International Music Association (   New Horizons programs encourage adults of all ages to participate in music.

To learn about why we are here, check out A Brief History of NACHO.

Tell us about yourself and what you would like to know about NACHO:

Complete our NACHO Questionnaire

Or jump right in and join NACHO with a one year membership (January 1 to December 31):

Complete our NACHO Membership Application

NACHO is looking for new members to participate in the 2024 Fall Term !
  Fall Term begins on September 9, 2024


Current 2024 Fall Term Music Program

Beethoven -- Symphony No 5 3rd Movement


Erik Satie - Gymnopedie No 3

Julius FucĂ­k -- The Florentiner March

Tchaikowsky -- Waltz of the Flowers from Nutcracker Suite

Members can find the score and hear the selections from here.


Please consider joining us and complete the NACHO Questionnaire
see the link above]


Arrange to meet us at one of our practice sessions and chat to our Music Director and members!   NACHO meets on Mondays at 10:00 AM in the Mel Lehan Hall at St. James Community Square in Vancouver.  Located on West 10th Avenue ( this space provides a wonderful environment for the orchestra with room to set-up, room for new orchestra members, and room for people to chat during our social break.  Check out our home at

>>>  We are especially looking for percussion, trumpet, violin and viola players (learners)….in addition to cello, string bass, bassoon, oboe, flute, clarinet, trombone, saxophone, French horn, tuba, and percussionists to join our current group of musicians !

Why is this a good time for adults to start learning a musical instrument?

Getting involved in music as part of a social orchestra is definitely an enjoyable experience.  There is a growing body of research that suggests learning to play a musical instrument at any time in life is a benefit to many aspects of our cognitive health.   Here are a few sources to check out:

Curious about NACHO?

Please complete the NACHO Questionnaire and tell us about your orchestra interests and which instruments you would like to play.  Check the box to join our mailing list.

Questions?  Send us an email at:


NACHO Partners

Thank you to all of our partners for your support.   The following donors have generously contributed:

City of Vancouver

Tom Lee Music – Vancouver

Next Practice Sessions

Vancouver, B.C., Canada

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