UH Mānoa alumnus Dr. Ken Carper of Naples, Florida has become the president of the New Horizons International Music Organization, a network of nearly 200 music ensembles serving about 10,000 senior musicians across the United States and Canada. The New Horizons music organization focuses on the growth of music performance opportunities for adults who are new to performance, have not played in many years, or who have played all through their careers.
Carper has been the music director of the Naples New Horizons Band, a community concert band of 50-60 players for the past 12 years. In retirement, he teaches part time at Florida Gulf Coast University, in Estero, Florida, and plays trumpet with the Naples Concert Band and the Brass Music Elements quintet.
Carper received his PhD in music from UH Mānoa. Prior to UH, he earned his bachelor of music from Berklee College of Music and his master of music from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music.