Director, New West Symphony Harmony Project
Andrea Shigeko Landin is the Director of New West Symphony Harmony Project, a youth development program whose mission is to enact social change through music by providing low income youth in Ventura, California with tuition free, high quality ensemble based music instruction. Her position includes developing curriculum and programming, strategic planning and partnership building, and overseeing all program sites and teachers. In 2015 she was granted the City of Ventura Mayor’s Arts Educator Award, as well as recognized by the California Legislature Assembly for her contribution to the empowerment of the Latino community.
During her fellowship, Andrea explored effective music teaching practices and socially oriented curriculum, spending time at programs in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Alaska, and Venezuela. These experiences were added to her prior work in community building in the Guatemala highlands with non profits Artcorps and Ecologic, where she designed and implemented projects with youth that promoted environmental conservation and the continuation of ancestral practices, using music and art as tools for social change. She has presented at the International Funders for Indigenous Peoples Conference, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Take a Stand Conference, and was featured on the TED prize blog as an innovator of music education and community building. In 2015 she received a Next Generation Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation, which she used to research fostering specific social skills in youth through music.
Andrea holds a B.M. in Cello Performance and a B.A. in Anthropology from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music. She continues to play and perform music locally.
Photo: James Scott