BRAVO Year-End Summary


The BRAVO committee, under the guidance of the Festival’s BRAVO education coordinator Laura Walter, has completed a very successful year of bringing music to Ojai Valley students and residents.  

I. Local School Children

    • Imagine Concert: 850 elementary students attended
    • Music Van: 460 elementary students from 11 schools (Ojai and Ventura)
    • Bridge Program: Third graders visited Continuing Care Center residents and Gables Retirement Center residents, reaching 120 seniors and 150 school children
    • Education Through Music (ETM): 600 students participated in 515 workshops
    • Musicians Meeting Musicians: 16 Balboa Middle School students (Ventura)

II. Community

  • Ojai Day (October) and Ojai Jubilee Celebration (April): 800 locals participated in our Instrument Petting Zoo booth
  • ARC Disabled Adults: 2 visits from BRAVO professional musicians, reaching 40 residents
  • First-ever ETM concert was added to the 2017 Ojai Music Festival schedule: 112 audience members attended
  • Senior Centers: BRAVO professional musicians performed at Continuing Care Center and Gables Retirement Center, reaching 260 residents

III. Outreach Presentations to Community Organizations

  • Ojai City Council
  • Ojai Rotary Club
  • Ojai Rotary West
  • Ojai Education Foundation
  • Retired Men’s Club
  • 36 musicians donated performances for the Holiday Home Tour


  • “The instrument I liked the most was the brass family. I liked it because I was surprisingly good at the trumpet. The volunteer asked me if I had played before and I had not.” – Music Van student
  • “It really inspired me to try music! Now I am probably going to take lessons on one of them” – Music Van student
  • “We got to experience the excitement of improvising real jazz on the spot with an amazing player, as well as learn to listen to each other and share the spotlight to create music of our own.”- Nordhoff High School student musician  
  • “The IMAGINE Concert is a wonderful part of the musical culture of Ojai…the guest performers never cease to expand our idea of what is possible.” – Matilija Junior High school music teacher