THE NEW WEST Symphony
of Ventura County
The New West Symphony Harmony Project is the first affiliate Harmony Project to be adopted directly into the education department of an orchestra. New West Symphony aims to use this youth development program to provide Ventura County families opportunities to participate in music—from seeing the orchestra live in concert, to putting the instruments directly into the kids hands for free and giving them the structured support to thrive.
The Harmony Project of Ventura County has adopted the model pioneered by the Harmony Project in Los Angeles and is adapting this model to meet the unique needs of Ventura County.
HARMONY PROJECT MISSION
Investing in Children & Communities Through Music
To promote the healthy growth and development of children through the study, practice and performance of music.
To build healthier communities by investing in the positive development of children through music.
To develop children as musical ambassadors of peace, hope and understanding amongst people of diverse cultures, backgrounds and beliefs.
We accomplish this by bringing quality music instruction and ensemble playing to children who otherwise would not have access to it; complementing music education with supporting resources and opportunities; and, fostering a community of families that actively support their children’s
growth and development.
New West Symphony Harmony Project provides an exciting, effective and inspirational youth development program through music education. The New West Symphony is dedicated to sustaining the Harmony Project program for the students from 3rd grade through 12th grade graduation. In 2014 the New West Symphony Harmony Project partnered with the Ventura Unified School District Randy California Project and currently serves approximately 140 third through seventh grade children in West Ventura County. Most students receive 4-8 hours a week of instruction. It is our objective to fill in the gaps for those in need, build healthier communities and further support the current music education network for our County's youth.
Stay informed about what's going on in the New West Symphony Harmony Project by reading our blog, PROUD TO PLAY MUSIC.
HOW IT WORKS
New students entering the program begin in a Musicianship Class where they learn fundamental music skills with the use of recorders, recycled percussion instruments, and singing. All students in the musicianship class learn to read music, improvise, and perform. After passing out of the beginning musicianship class, students transition to orchestral instruments. We currently offer flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, percussion, violin, viola, cello, and jarana. Our ensembles include band, string ensemble, Son Jarocho ensemble, chamber groups, and Jazz/Improvisation.
WITH YOUR HELP
We currently have a waitlist of students. Please consider donating so that we can provide even more music instruction for children in need.
Interested in volunteering? Fill out our volunteer application Click here and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
Kathy Asher, Assistant Superintendent of the Ventura Unified School District, has said that the Harmony Project of Ventura County is “a dream come true, especially at a school such as Sheridan Way that serves children from lower socio-economic backgrounds who, for the most part, lack the financial resources to take private instrumental lessons.” Assistant Superintendent Asher continued, “Using a curriculum that has proven to be successful with English language learners is an added benefit to the students at Sheridan Way … [that] will reap the benefits of developing fluency in the English Language as well as fluency in music theory.” Read recent articles about us in the VC REPORTER Click to Read and the VC STAR Click to Read
Andrea Landin, Harmony Project Manager
Natalie Spevak, Violin
Caitlin Boruch, Flute & Keyboard
Paul Browne, Musicianship and Band
Jodi Burnett, Cello
Andrew Conrad, Saxophone
Daniel Flore, Band Assistant
Russell Kennedy, Brass
Jorge Mijangos, Son Jarocho
Click Here for a calendar of activities for the Harmony Project.