Press Release

New West Symphony

Ross Goldberg FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 24, 2017
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New West Symphony Receives Grant from the Camarillo City Council to Support Youth-Related Music Programs


(THOUSAND OAKS) – April 24, 2017 -- The New West Symphony announced today that it has received a $10,000 grant from the Camarillo City Council to help support two of the symphony’s highly-acclaimed youth-related programs in the community.  The bequest to the NWS is the largest of the 14 grants the City Council recently awarded to local nonprofit organizations.


“We are deeply grateful to the Camarillo City Council for their support of our symphony and for their clear appreciation for how music can enrich our communities and positively impact the lives of local youths,” said Natalia Staneva, executive director of the NWS.  “Introducing children to the beauty and power of music is the foundation of the symphony’s ongoing education and community engagement efforts, and these additional dollars will benefit many students in the Pleasant Valley School District over the coming year.”


Specifically, the grant dollars will help cover ticket costs so local children can attend the symphony’s annual Symphonic Adventures concerts.  These interactive and educational programs are presented at no cost and allow thousands of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders to experience a professional symphonic orchestra firsthand – many for the first time.  The concerts are designed to inspire a life-long appreciation of music by introducing students to the orchestra, its conductor and the elements of music.


The grant will also help bring the NWS’s travelling Music Van to more local schools so students can see, touch and hear various orchestral instruments.  This nationally-acclaimed “musical petting zoo” introduces elementary school students to the four instrument families and the physics of sound by letting them touch and experiment with over 30 orchestral instruments.


“Children benefit in untold ways by playing music and experiencing live music performances. They learn to focus and to listen, and when they perform, they experience a tremendous feeling of accomplishment,” said Staneva.  “Exposure to music does all of that and we are a richer community in many ways thanks to the generosity of caring people and organizations like the Camarillo City Council.”


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. The Symphony is the resident company of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, the Oxnard Performing Arts Center and Barnum Hall in Santa Monica.  It presents six Masterpiece Series concerts annually and provides a number of educational opportunities for local youth through its annual Symphonic Adventures concerts, its traveling Music Van, and the Harmony Project of Ventura County.  For more information go to and follow us on Facebook at


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