Press Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                       CONTACT: Kerrie Sadler
June 23, 2014                                                                         (805) 497-5837
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Young instrumentalists are invited to participate in a musical adventure this summer through the New West Symphony's 2014 Harmony Project Summer Camp. Students will explore many musical genres, from classical to world music and more. They will participate in ensembles and instrumental sectionals, and may have the opportunity to learn to play a new instrument or even how to build one. The camp is open to students who play strings (violin, viola, cello); winds (flute, clarinet or saxophone); and percussion.  Students must provide their own instruments. 

Two sessions are being offered. The first session, "Music Making and More!" will take place from 9:00 am to 12 noon on Monday, July 7 through Friday, July 18, 2014.  It is geared for students in grades   3-6 that can demonstrate basic musical proficiency. The second session, "Musical Explorations," will be held from 9:00 am to12 noon on Monday, July 21 through Friday, August 1. It is for students in grades 4–7 that have at least a year of instrumental experience.

The camp will be located at Sheridan Way Elementary School, 573 Sheridan Way, Ventura, CA 93001. Tuition is $150 plus a $20 materials fee. Full scholarships are available for those who demonstrate financial need.

New West Symphony Harmony Project of Ventura County was launched in 2011 at Sheridan Way Elementary School in West Ventura County. It commits to educating students from third grade through high school.  Its mission is threefold: 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; and to develop children as musical ambassadors of peace, hope and understanding amongst people of diverse cultures, backgrounds and beliefs.

Founded in 1995, the New West Symphony is a professional orchestra that draws its players from the rich talent pool of professional Los Angeles-area musicians. Led by music director Marcelo Lehninger, the Symphony is the resident company of the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, and Barnum Hall in Santa Monica.  It presents six Masterpiece Series concerts annually, performing major works from the symphonic repertoire with internationally-acclaimed artists as guest soloists.  The Symphony also provides quality outreach and educational opportunities for the communities it serves through its annual Symphonic Adventures concert programs for youth, its traveling Music Van, and its partnership with New West Symphony Harmony Project of Ventura County, a year-round music and leadership program for underserved students. Visit