Gifford Youth Orchestra

More violins - Better Tomorrows

                                                      17th ANNUAL CONCERT  November 2019




                      FLASH!!!   SUMMER CONCERT SERIES HAS BEGUN

GYO  piano and violin students perform on zoom summer concerts

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         mission statement

Gifford, Florida Youth Orchestra, Inc.

Mission Statement


As a contribution to the idea of

breaking the cycles of poverty, our mission is


To provide education, experience, and training in various cultural and performing arts, including music, drama, dance, and the vocal arts for the youth of Gifford, Florida (and neighboring Indian River County communities), with a core focus on mastering stringed instruments. 




      intention  statement

Gifford, Florida Youth Orchestra, Inc.

Intention Statement


More Violins ~ Less Violence ~ Better Tomorrows

Is our slogan


Each One Teach One

Is our motto


Off the Street – On the Stage

Is our theme


                                                     the tiger logo:  meaning and purpose

In honor of the community togetherness that existed when Gifford, Florida had its own high school, we have re-ignited the mascot that brought many folks to their feet to cheer for their children.  We hope to reinstate that old feeling of community togetherness that over rides the difference in creed, age, and financial standing.  We are the Gifford Tigers with a gentle spirit of nurturing and caring for each other, a ferocious consciousness for excellence, and the ability to adapt to whatever is put before us.


          give them a violin          Annie Powell  demanded



2003 - In the Beginning

Training Little Fingers

 their  Vision  is  Glorious

May we always lift our children to higher and higher ground that their consciousness may be expanded, their involvement with community enriched, their personal development be empowered and their hope, dreams and reality of better tomorrows be manifested . . . gracefully, powerfully, and spiritually.  May the blessings of goodness follow them and pour out over their heads and down their shoulders and around their feet with consistency, good health, kindness and compassion as they step into the bright world of life, light, and love.  !  May we all do what is necessary to contribute to this glorious vision for the Gifford Youth Orchestra Children . . . and all children who wish it to be.  And so it is and so may it ever be


           Ms. Joan Haar                   Senior  Music  Director                 set  the  tone





      Dr. Crystal Bujol                         Founder and                          Artistic Director



Creating Ensembles


Teaching Rhythms 


New Violin Class  2020

Luke Pelt - Graduating Senior

2010 - 2020



Viola and Cello


Etiquette Training Sometimes Means Putting on an Apron over one's Tuxedo!







Dr. Crystal Bujol

Founder, Board Chair, and Artistic Director

History and













































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The Gifford Youth Orchestra

 501(c)3 Corporation since 2010

Thank you for your donation!

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We have to ask for your help -- we need it more than ever!

More than ever in our history, we have to ask for your investment in our program.  If we are to keep our children engaged and moving forward with their critical music education, we need special teachers and teaching arrangements, more individual classes on Zoom, and more program hours!  Because we are keeping our staff on payroll, we just have to ask for your help -- for your support, and for your investments.


Contact Us

By US Mail:

P O Box 691166
Vero Beach, FL  32969


By Telephone:



Rehearsals and Classes at Various Locations in Gifford and Vero Beach.    

...we are still open for business ...

.Don’t give up on us and think we can’t get anything done with the Covid-19 virus swirling around us. We are open for business electronically and XX students are receiving one on one lessons via Zoom. Our staff figured out a way to deliver to all the children the music materials  they need to practice and rehearse at home. The children and parents are very appreciative and enthusiastic about our new way of “keeping the kids off the street and ready for the stage.” Our next bold move is to hold a Zoom summer concert so stat tuned and get ready for front row seats.

Our new way of operating means we are continuing to keep our staff fully employed and in some cases we are providing special financial support to help our families have food on their table. As you heard us say before we are a “village, everyone counts, everyone gets the help they need to succeed.



Dear Parents of Gifford Youth Orchestra Children,
Most of you already know I am asking your children to send me love notes for the people on the front line of this pandemic.  Notes that might bring some joy or encouragement to them for a moment.  In case you wonder why I am asking for these notes from you and your children,  let me explain what is in my heart about this project.  (Story continued - click here)










19th- Spring Piano Recital (3 pm)January

·  5th-Cultural Council Performance at Riverside Park

·  19th-MLK Banquet @ GYAC (Dr. Bujol & Iva taking some Intermediates & Advanced Students)

·  27th- Winter Piano Recital, 3 PM at Emerson Center




·  29thrd- Annual GYO Student Production, Black History Program 2:00 pm at the Gifford Community Center 














August    ·  









Saturday, 7th ~ GYO 17th Annual Concert, 3 pm at the Gifford Community Center



GYO Student Awards Banquet at the Gifford Community Center 

                  ·  On or near Friday, December 20th, GYO Students perform for children at the Homeless Family Center

                  ·  Tuesday, December 24th, GYO Students Perform for children at the Hibiscus Society  

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Tuesday, December  8th, GYO Student Awards Banquet at the Gifford Community Center 

                  ·  On or near Friday, December 20th, GYO Students perform for children at the Homeless Family Center

                  ·  Tuesday, December 24th, GYO Students Perform for children at the Hibiscus Society  






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We teach children to play the violin,

viola, cello, piano and use their melodious voices to

"Build Bridges for Better Tomorrows!"

100% of our high school graduates are either enrolled in --
or have completed their education at the college of their choice.


We currently offer lessons in:


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Welcome to the Gifford Youth Orchestra or GYO for short. We are extremely proud of the members of our Orchestra, who have dedicated countless hours to practice and rehearsals to improve their individual musical proficiency as well as the overall excellence of the Orchestra.


We have placed violins, violas and cellos in the hands of over 160 young people from 2003 to 2018. 


The Gifford Youth Orchestra changes lives. It gives children reasons to hope and to dream.  The GYO gives tools to children who want to step up and express life in the theater of life!  The GYO teaches children to decode the mysteries of symbols, lines, shapes by providing music education.   The GYO gives children skills to perform in front of audiences at banquets, celebrations, and on the stage.  The GYO spotlights children who are often  overlooked because they didn't have artistic and cultural opportunities in their early public school education.   The GYO says to those children, "Oh, Yes!  You, too, can!"  The GYO uplifts an entire community.   And, for that reason, We accept donations to provide instruments, instruction and sheet music to the members of our orchestra.   (See our list of what a student receives from a tuition scholarship.) Below you will find the names of others who believe in who we are and what we do . . . 


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