Press Release

New West Symphony

Emma Pell FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 14, 2016
(805) 435-2778




New West Symphony Launches New Music Van Powered By Neiman Marcus


(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – September 14, 2016) —More than 200 students from Brookside Elementary School were the first to experience the New West Symphony’s new “Make Some Noise” Music Van when the Van made its inaugural visit to the Oaks Park campus on Sept 13. Sponsored by the HeArt of Neiman Marcus Foundation, the Music Van is a traveling petting zoo of musical instruments that introduces elementary school students to the four instrument families and the physics of sound while letting them experiment with over 30 orchestral instruments.

“The goal of Neiman Marcus' "Make Some Noise" initiative is all about empowerment and leadership. The New West Symphony aligns perfectly with that goal because they recognize the positive impact the arts have on students” said Kevin Hurst, director of charitable giving at Neiman Marcus Group. “From higher matriculation and graduation rates, to more creative problem solvers and engaged civic leaders, we believe that the long-term impact of music on the lives of children is worth investing in.”


The new van replaces the Symphony’s highly-acclaimed 1999 van which served tens of thousands of children across Ventura County through the years. During the 2015-2016 school year alone, the Music Van visited 54 schools in 10 districts, reaching 8,520 students.


“We have been collaborating with Neiman Marcus for the last two years to make the dream of this new Van come true” said Executive Director Natalia Staneva. “We believe that the ripple effect of introducing students to orchestral instruments will last for generations and will contribute to building a culturally vibrant community. The Neiman Marcus Group went above and beyond to help us buy and equip the Van so that it will continue to impact thousands of children in our communities.”


The purchase of the new Music Van was also made possible by contributions from the City of Camarillo, Helene Ross, Meadowlark Service League, Karen and Dr. Paul Finkel, Lydia and Marty Kaplan, the Westlake Women’s Club, Momentum Collab, Signarama Camarillo, and Silver Star Mercedes-Sprinter Thousand Oaks. 


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. More information is available at or follow us on Facebook at