Press Release

New West Symphony

Emma Pell FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 20, 2016
(805) 435-2778




New West Symphony Receives Increased Grant Funding from the City of Camarillo to Support Music Education


(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – July 20, 2016) — The New West Symphony announced today that it has been awarded a $10,000 Community Service Grant from the City of Camarillo to help increase access to music education and outreach programs provided by the New West Symphony for all third grade students in the Pleasant Valley School District.


This grant will underwrite program costs for approximately 650 third graders to participate in the Carnegie Hall Link Up Program which culminates in the New West Symphony’s annual children’s concert Symphonic Adventures. The Symphonic Adventures are live, interactive concerts designed to introduce students in the 3rd- 5th grades to the orchestra, its conductor, and the elements of music. This grant will also provide funds to bring the New West Symphony’s Music Van to all third graders at nine elementary schools in the Pleasant Valley School District. The Music Van, fondly referred to as a “musical petting zoo,” is a nationally-acclaimed program that introduces young students to the four families of instruments and physics of sound by letting them experiment with over 30 orchestral instruments.


“The City of Camarillo’s increased support to the New West Symphony is an investment in the new curricular resources that we are able to offer for the first time this year thanks to our new partnership with Carnegie Hall.” said Karen Gatchel, longtime Camarillo resident and Education Programs Manager at the New West Symphony. “This curriculum allows for a yearlong exploration of core musical concepts, professional development for teachers, and a high quality interactive concert experience for students. By integrating this curriculum throughout the year, the experience will go far beyond a single concert and will become a high-impact partnership with the capacity to build self-esteem and self-efficacy in local youth.”


The funds being awarded to the New West Symphony is the result of a unanimous vote by the Camarillo City Council to approve almost $50,000 in funding to twelve nonprofit organizations whose programs and activities directly benefit Camarillo residents.



About the New West Symphony

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 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.  It 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 New West Symphony Harmony Project of Ventura County, an after-school, tuition-free music education program for underserved students. More information about the New West Symphony is available at or follow us on Facebook at