New West Symphony Executive Director, Natalia Staneva, speaks with Our Ventura TV host, Bob Taylor, about their orchestra as well as their educational and outreach programs in the community.

Founded in 1995, the nonprofit New West Symphony is a professional orchestra that draws its players from the rich talent pool of professional Los Angeles-area musicians.

The New West Symphony is the resident orchestra of the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza and Santa Monica’s Barnum Hall.

The New West Symphony Harmony Project is their tool for social change. This is the first affiliate Harmony Project to be adopted directly into the education department of an orchestra. New West Symphony aims to use this youth development program to provide Ventura County families opportunities to participate in music — from seeing the orchestra live in concert, to putting the instruments directly into the kids hands for free and giving them the structured support to thrive.

New West Symphony works year round to bring music education into the lives of young people ages 5 – 14 in our communities. Our programs are designed to inspire passion for music through interactive live performances and music education programs that enrich the lives of our young audience members.

Studies show that students who participate in music education programs have higher attendance, improved academic success, high school graduation rates and college aspirations. These results from strategic music education programs are music to our ears at a time where one in every four students in the United States fails to graduate high school.

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