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.

Drop in to meet us at one of our practice sessions and chat to our Music Director and members!   NACHO Fall Term starts on September 9, 2019.   NACHO meets on Mondays at 10:00 AM in the Mel Lehan Hall at St. James Community Square in Vancouver.  Located at West 10th Avenue and Trutch Street ( this space provides a wonderful environment for the orchestra with space to set-up, space for new orchestra members, and space for people during our social break.  Check out our home at




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:

6 Reasons Learning An Instrument As An Adult Is Easier Than You Think

More older adults learn it’s never too late to pick up a musical instrument

Never Too Late To Learn An Instrument

Your Aging Brain Will Be in Better Shape If You’ve Taken Music Lessons

Listen to orchestra participants talk about NACHO  [Listen to the introduction to NACHO in the first minute of the podcast of the CBC Radio One program North by Northwest  and then go to the last portion of the podcast which starts at 2:07:57 to hear the entire NACHO segment.]

How NACHO works