Press Release

New West Symphony

Emma Pell FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 11, 2016
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New West Symphony Receives Grant Funding from Meadowlark Service League to Support Music Education


(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – July 11, 2016) — The New West Symphony announced today that it has received a $4,500 grant from the Meadowlark Service League to support its music education programs including its popular Symphonic Adventures and Music Van, which serve elementary schools and youth in the area.


“Partnerships like this are essential to the Symphony’s ability to impact over 17,000 students, educators and families each year with our diverse music education and outreach programs," said Karen Gatchel, education programs manager for the New West Symphony. “We are thrilled to have renewed grant support from the Meadowlark Service League, who is a longtime funder of our education programs.”


This grant will support key education programs that acquaint elementary school students to symphonic music. The first program, Symphonic Adventures, is an annual series of live, interactive concerts for 6,500 third through fifth grade school children that introduces students to live orchestral performances. The grant will also support the Music Van, the New West Symphony’s traveling “musical petting zoo” of orchestral instruments that introduces the physics of sound and the orchestral instrument families to 7,000 elementary students annually.


The Meadowlark Service League is a non-profit organization of women dedicated to raising funds for various charitable organizations in Ventura County. Meadowlark Service League awarded $220,000 to local charities in 2016, funded through their three annual fundraising events: A Taste of Camarillo, Homes for the Holidays, and Charity Luncheon and Tennis Tournament.


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