2022 Laby Harmony Project Annual Celebration

Join our Teaching Artists, Students, Parents, Community Partners and Board of Directors

Celebration Concert
Starring Laby Harmony Project Students

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Concert begins at 1:00 pm

Ice Cream Social at 2:00 pm

Limoneira Ranch
1141 Cummings Rd
Santa Paula, CA 93060

Betsy Chess, Honorary Chair

Laby Harmony Project uses music training to promote the healthy growth and development of children. The program provides high quality tuition-free music instruction to children in grades K-12, currently serving over 160 students in Ventura year-round. By collaborating with students, families, and local partners, and together with our generous supporters, we are building a stronger, healthier, and more musically engaged community.

Betsy Chess, Honorary Chair of this year’s annual Laby Harmony Project Celebration, announces the celebration concert by the Laby Harmony Project students and an Ice Cream Social to be held April 30, 2022 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. The event will take place at Limoneira Ranch in Santa Paula.

“This year we are reminding our valued sponsors and donors that the Laby Harmony Project is designed and structured to help shape a student’s musical trajectory during critical developmental periods,” says board member Nancy Israel. “They can start the program in Kindergarten and continue through High School, so we are thinking about how we can provide multi-year pledges and even leave something for them as a Legacy gift.”

Hermanos Herrera will receive the Sandra Laby Memorial Award, for making the world a better place through music and education. United by blood and through music, Hermanos Herrera is a musical group consisting of five brothers and their younger sister performing various styles of traditional Mexican music such as Son Huasteco, Son Jarocho, and musica Norteña. Beyond music, Hermanos Herrera have established themselves as well-rounded scholars and academics. All 6 members of the band are graduates of UCLA, with several members holding additional master’s degrees from both UCLA and USC.

Join us as We Witness

The Musical Trajectory of Students’ Lives

Laby Harmony Project helps shape the musical trajectory of students’ lives at critical developmental periods. From Pre-Orchestra (K-2) into Musicianship – from choosing their “forever” instrument to entering an intensive program of ensemble training – we are here for every child from Kindergarten until they graduate High School. You can be too!

You can sustain this program for their future

Choose a gift level and pledge that amount for the next three years.

Consider a Legacy Gift by creating a bequest for the Laby Harmony Project.

What your gift will do


YOU can provide a “Forever” instruments for students to take home in grades four through twelve.

 YOU can make sure students have sheet music at their appropriate level to perform and to practice.

 YOU can ensure that we keep our office space in Ventura at Bell Arts Studios.

 YOU can help our teaching artists keep their skills up-to- date and ready to address every student’s needs.


Sponsors to Date

Event Sponsor

The Family of Bona & Larry Press

Leadership Sponsors

Drs. Lucy & Sam Bruttomesso*

Nancy Israel in memory of Bill Israel*

Barbara Meister

Greatest Needs Sponsors

Betsy Chess

Dr. Paul Finkel*

Michele & Dr. Russell Spoto*

Classroom Sponsors

Debbie & Ross Goldberg

Robert Lugari


Instrument Repair Sponsors

Judith Nelson

Joan & Dr. Robert Piccioni


Sheet Music Sponsors

Rebecca & Kelly Damon Barton

Judie Parr Graham-Bell in memory of Bill Gorger

Martha Jaffe

Marijane Unter

Marney Weaver

*Sustaining sponsors: The New West Symphony Board of Directors proudly sustains this program. Join us in supporting the program for the next three years by pledging your gift this year and for the next two for a total of three years.