New West Symphony Harmony Project of Ventura County 2015 – 2016
This year, 2015-2016, brought about many new and exciting changes for Harmony Project. Serving our largest number of children thus far, we expanded our sites, partnerships, and staff. Our musical achievements were impressive and our sense of community continued to develop. We are proud of all our accomplishments!
Students 140 Total Grades 3-8 Schools served: Sheridan Way Elementary, EP Foster Elementary, Will Rogers Elementary, DeAnza Middle School, Cabrillo Middle School 100% from Title I Schools Sites Sheridan Way Elementary, DeAnza Middle School, and Bell Arts Factory Staff 10 Teaching Artists (Part-time) Program Director (Full-time) Program Coordinator (Part-time)
“This program has helped [me] with teamwork, discipline, and respect…and it helps me in school. I love Harmony Project!”. -
Harmony Project cellist, age12
Classes at DeAnza Middle School
Classes: Violin I Violin II Viola Cello Chamber Music Flute I Flute II Clarinet Saxophone Jazz/Improvisation
Classes at Bell Arts
Keyboard I Keyboard II Honors String Quintet Honors Wind Quartet Student Leadership Committee
Harmony Project Team Andrea Landin, Program Director Isidoro Cruz-Rivera, Program Coordinator Caitlin Boruch, Flute, Keyboard, Chamber Music Paul Browne, Musicianship, Clarinet, Saxophone, Band Jodi Burnett-Mandel, Cello & Chamber Music Andrew Conrad, Clarinet, Saxophone, Jazz Dan Flores, Band Assistant Juliann French, Violin Paul Hanson, Percussion Rusty Kennedy, Trumpet,Trombone, Orchestra Jorge Mijangos, Son Jarocho Christine Snipes: Violin, String Ensemble
Student Leadership Committee
Guest Artists Jason Vieaux, Amanda McBroom & Stewart Copeland
Students at the Symphony Each month, teachers select 2-3 students for the “Harmony Project Student of the Month” Award. Their family receives complimentary tickets to a New West Symphony Concert!
Sheridan Way Winter Recital
Bell Arts Factory Winter Recital
Harmony Project of Ventura Celebration Brunch
“For the Love of Children, Music, and Community”
February 14, 2016
Parent Strings Workshop
Harmony Project in the News
New West Symphony gets $7,500 grant for program offering free music lessons By Staff Reports July 25, 2016
The New West Symphony has received a $7,500 grant for its Harmony Project, a program offering free music lessons in several lowincome Ventura schools. The grant, which comes from the California Arts Council, will help pay for instruments, supplies and teachers' salaries. The program provides afterschool music lessons to students at Sheridan Way, E. P. Foster and Will Rogers elementary schools, Cabrillo Middle School and De Anza Academy of Technology and the Arts (DATA). About 140 students in third through eighth grades are enrolled in the program, with 40 more on a waitlist. In addition to free lessons, participants are also given free instruments.
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Symphony’s Harmony Project expands summer camp program
STAR FILE PHOTO The New West Symphony's Harmony Project summer camp is shown here in 2014 at Sheridan Way School in Ventura. This year's camp is open to any child in Ventura County, not just those who are already part of the Harmony Project. Posted: May 30, 2016
By Staff Reports
The summer music camp run by the New West Symphony's Harmony Project is being expanded this year and is now open to any child in Ventura County in grades 3 through 9. In the past, it was open only to children who were already in the Harmony Project.
"Our summer camp has been so successful for the past two years that this year we decided to open it up to the greater Ventura County community," New West Symphony Harmony Project Director Andrea Landin stated in a news release. "It's important for all children to have access to a music education, and we are very excited to be able to bring students together from diverse schools and backgrounds to make music." Students entering grades 3, 4 or 5 are eligible to participate in the first session, which takes place July 5-15. Instruction will be provided in beginning strings, winds and brass. Intermediate students entering grades 6-9 may attend the second session, being held July 1829. Both sessions will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at Sheridan Way School, located at 573 Sheridan Way, Ventura. Tuition is $150 for the two-week camp, with scholarships available for those who demonstrate financial need. Professional musicians who teach with the New West Symphony Harmony Project of Ventura County throughout the school year will provide instruction at the camp. Students will have the opportunity to take elective classes such as choir, jazz and art, and they will
play in ensembles and perform in front of an audience at the end of their session. During the school year, the New West Symphony Harmony Project provides tuitionfree, after-school music instruction to 140 underserved children in Ventura County. The program is funded largely through individual donations and community and foundation grants, and is managed under the direction and auspices of the New West Symphony. For more information or to enroll contact Landin by June 15 at 279-2424 or email@example.com.
Jordan and Sandra Laby receive humanitarian award venturabreeze.com/2016/03/02/jordan-and-sandra-laby-receive-humanitarian-award/
The Laby’s passion, along with their philanthropy, has enriched many lives. On Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14 a Harmony Project of Ventura County Celebration Lunch “For The Love of Children, Community and Music” was held at the Marriott Ventura Beach. The lunch was presented by the New West Symphony League to award Sandra and Jordan Laby the 2016 Humanitarian Award of the Harmony Project. Harmony Project of Ventura County is a tuition free after school youth development program that provides high quality music instruction to students from low-income families. It serves students from third grade through high school. TheHarmony Project of Ventura County was started at Sheridan Way School in Ventura with 15 students who would not otherwise have had access to musical instruments and lessons. In 1979, Jordan and Sandra Laby moved to Ventura after falling in love with Ventura’s beauty and arts. They made it their mission to unearth the artistic talents in Ventura. This passion, along with their philanthropy, is the reason the New West Symphony selected them for its 2016 Humanitarian Award. Diane and Peter Goldenring presented the 2016 Humanitarian Award to the Laby’s. In presenting the award, Peter Goldenring stated, “I want to thank all of you for being here today.
We are all here honoring Jordan and Sandy for being bright lights and leaders in philanthropy and for making a huge difference in people’s lives. Some would call what Jordan and Sandy do quiet acts of generosity. When done they never know whether or not it will change a life, be something big or be small. It doesn’t matter.” Sandra, who loves to dance and has performed Flamenco, ballroom and other types of dancing in shows as a hobby, was one of the ladies of the “Hot Dames” 2010 Calendar celebrating the Rubicon’s year of shows. She has also performed in the Ventura County Ballet Company’s annual Nutcracker. Her accomplishments are many including President of the National Council of Jewish Women Ventura County, named the Jewish Federation “Woman of Valor”, honored as the Mayors Arts Award, the Ventura Music Festivals First Founders Award, the Ventura Interfaith Ministerial Award as “Woman of Vision”, Ventura Chamber of Commerce “Shining Stars” and Ventura County Ballet Company “Partner in Dance Award. The way Sandra sees it – art and life are intertwined. A local visionary, Sandra helps keep that gift alive. These gifts are rich in more than finances; as she has been instrumental in the startups of key cultural venues like the Rubicon Theatre Company, Ventura Music Festival, and many others. Another unique facet of Sandra’s local contribution is the San Buenaventura Foundation for the Arts which she and Jordan, founded in 1999 to bring various artists and arts organizations together. The Laby’s have given scholarships through the “Phoenix Program” at the Ventura College Foundation. And she was one of the producers of a Ventura Music Festival film about our very own home grown opera singer, Nicole Cabell. The lunch ended with the Harmony Project of Ventura County orchestra entertaining the attendees with some wonderful music.
Grant will expand Harmony Project of Ventura County
STAR FILE PHOTO Middle school students who are part of the New West Symphony Harmony Project of Ventura County perform classical pieces, jazz tunes and holiday songs at Ventura’s Bell Arts Factory in December. The symphony received a grant to expand the program.
By Staff Reports Posted: 1:47 p.m.
The New West Symphony is one of 22 orchestras across the United States selected to receive a Getty Education and Community Investment Grant. Symphony officials said the $17,500 will go to expand the orchestra's Harmony Project of Ventura County, which provides tuition-free, after-school music lessons to children from Title I schools in Ventura.
Grant recipients were chosen by the League of American Orchestras. "We appreciate the League of American Orchestras' vision to transform our communities through music education programs," New West Executive Director Natalia Staneva said in a news release. "We have seen how music is changing the lives of the students who would not have otherwise had access to the music teachers, instruments and classes." The Harmony Project of Ventura County currently involves 140 students in grades 3-8 and 10 professional teaching artists. There is a waiting list of 40 students.
New West Symphony youngsters perform in Ventura
Students who are part of the New West Symphony Harmony Project of Ventura County perform classical pieces, jazz tunes and holiday songs at Ventura’s Bell Arts Factory on Dec. 12. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ KAREN GATCHEL
By Staff Reports Posted: 4:14 p.m. , Ventura County Star
Young members of the New West Symphony Harmony Project of Ventura County recently presented two winter concerts in Ventura. The first concert, on Dec. 10, was performed to a standing-room-only audience at Sheridan Way School, a Title 1 campus where the group was first formed. Performers included third-grade beginning "musicianship" class students, string
players, a Son Jarocho ensemble and the Randy California Band — in all, 100 students from third through fifth grade. The second concert, on Dec. 12, featured 40 middle school students, primarily from De Anza Academy of Technology and the Arts, performing at the Bell Arts Factory. The program included classical pieces, jazz tunes and holiday songs. The New West Symphony Harmony Project provides after-school music instruction to 140 underserved children in third through eighth grades in west Ventura. Forty students are on the waiting list. Funded largely through individual donations and community and foundation grants, the program was founded in 2011 by Ventura arts philanthropists Sandra and Jordan Laby and established in affiliation with the award-winning Harmony Project in Los Angeles. New West Symphony adopted and began running the Ventura County program in 2012. During its first season, 35 participants began by learning rhythm and percussion on orange Home Depot buckets. The program now offers instruction on 10 musical instruments. "Concerts provide a time for their families and the community to come together to support these young musicians and listen to their accomplishments," project director Andrea Landin said. "Our parents and teachers are so proud of them." On the Net: www.newwestsymphony.org
Thank you to all our Harmony Project supporters! The following individuals, foundations, and businesses contributed between September 1, 2015 – July 31, 2016. Our program would not be possible without their generosity. $100,000-$250,000 Esper A. Petersen Foundation $50,000-$99,999 Sandra and Jordan Laby $15,000-$24,999 Keets and Hugh Cassar Diane and Peter Goldenring Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, League of American Orchestras Barbara Barnard Smith Fund for World Musics Ventura Unified School District $10,000-$14,999 City of San Buenaventura $5,000-$9,999 Richard Gould Oxnard Monday Club Bona and Larry Press $2,500-$4,999 Miriam Chase Wille Freddie and Al Contarino Linda Hamilton Elise and Bill Kearney Montecito Bank and Trust The Rotary Club of Ventura Southern California Edison Jennifer and Craig Zobelein $1,000-$2,499 Samuel Bruttomesso Patricia Channer Andrea Cockrum Patricia and Ken Cozzens CBC Federal Credit Union Chris Cuilty D'Addario Foundation Pat Richards Dodds and Tom Dodds Karen & Paul N. Finkel Debbie and Ross Goldberg Janet & Mark L. Goldenson Eddy Goldfarb Norma Holanov Cynthia and Paul Idell
$1,000-$2,499 cont’d Nancy Israel Martha Jaffe Liz and Chris Kimball Todd and Amelia Laby Carol Lamb David Long and Shirley Critchfield Marcia and Brad Marcus Barbara S. Meister Heather Mobarak Judith Nelson Jim Overton Heather Robinson Sandra Rosenbaum Schwab Charitable Dorothy Scott Tamar Shulem Harlene and Doug Smith Gloria and David Spencer Michele and Russell Spoto Melody and John Taft Rain and Peter Van Name Vanguard Charitable Miriam Chase Wille Penny and Douglas Yarrow Oksana and Kim Zussman $500-$999 Jackie and Howard S. Banchik Elena Brokaw Judy and Fred Bysshe Classics for Kids Foundation Patricia Channer Francine and Herbert Cooper Doris F. Cowart Marcia L. Donlon Nancy and Spencer Garrett Doug Halter and Randy Encinas Lydia and Marty Kaplan Kiwanis Club of Ventura Eunice M. Koch, in memory of Fremont P. Koch Phillip and Nicole Laby Jodi and Rico Mandel Leah Mendelsohn Alisa and Todd Nathanson Susan Van Abel and Eric Oltmann
$500-$999 cont’d Susan and James Prosser, in honor of Diane and Peter Goldenring Julie Saltoun and Fred Weiner Mary Schwabauer $250-$499 George Ball and Amanda McBroom Timothy Barr Dr. Jeffrey Brackett and Ms. Miriam Arichea Sandra Chan Melvin Cheatham Pat and Harry Croner Ivor Davis Mary Freed Jody and John Jacobs Julie Judd Sandra Kane Joan Kemper Sharon and Dennis Landin Leslie Luciani Bob Lugari Pat McCormick Kim Reale Hope Rosenfeld Mary Schmitz Lyndon Shaftoe Samantha and Les Shapiro Camille & Gary Sindell Marilyn and W. Stanton Sutton Kim Woods and Mark Schadecker $100-$249 Jon Adam Kiren Bansal Cabrillo Pharmacy
$100-$249 cont’d Mark Cuevas Custom Lighting Contractor Diana Dakik William Dannelly Deborah Dentler Ann Dunsworth and Robert Porter Maria Elizarraras Four Seasons Cleaners Christina Giuca Debbie and Tom Golden Diane and Alan Gordon Jo-Ann Gordon Cheryl Heitmann Marisa Landin Victoria Liem Judy and Len Linton Emily Lowe Albert Lucero Margaret Martin Albert McCartney, Amerimacs Rachel McClanahan Ron Miyakawa Marjorie and Robert Moskowitz Yolanda Orozco Pamela and Frank Pecarich Ann Randall Lila and Sheldon Schein Susan Scott Louise Sherman Leslie and Joe Sohm Natalia Staneva Myra Sun Marney Weaver Tricia Westhoff
An additional thank you to our New West Symphony donors who sustain this wonderful organization. We are grateful for all you do!