New West Symphony Harmony Project to expand annual summer music camp

The New West Symphony Harmony Project of Ventura County’s Summer Music Camp is expanding to include third through ninth grade students throughout Ventura County. Two two-week sessions will be offered.

Students entering grades 3-5 are eligible to participate in the first session taking place Tuesday, July 5 through Friday, July 15. It will provide instruction in beginning strings, winds, and brass. Intermediate students entering grades 6-9 may attend the second session, being held Monday, July 18 through Friday, July 29. Both sessions will take place from 9:00 am to12 noon at Sheridan Way Elementary School, located at 573 Sheridan Way. Tuition cost is $150 for two weeks, with scholarships available for those who demonstrate financial need.

The Harmony Project Summer Music Camp will provide students with high-quality instruction from professional musicians who teach with the New West Symphony Harmony Project of Ventura County throughout the school year. Students will receive instruction on their specific instrument and in musicianship, and will also have the opportunity to take elective classes such as choir, jazz and art. Students will play in ensembles and perform in front of an audience at the end of their session.

“Our summer camp has been so successful for the past two years that this year we decided to open it up to the greater Ventura County community,” said New West Symphony Harmony Project Director Andrea Landin. “It’s important for all children to have access to a music education, and we are very excited to be able to bring students together from diverse schools and backgrounds to make music.”

The New West Symphony Harmony Project is a youth development program that provides tuition-free, after-school music instruction to 140 underserved children in Ventura County. The program is funded largely through individual donations and community and foundation grants, and is managed under the direction and auspices of the New West Symphony.

For more information or to enroll contact Andrea Landin, the Harmony Project of Ventura County Director, at  279-2424 or alandin@newwestsymphony.org.

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