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GYO Classes Temporarily Suspended

Dear GYO family,

 

Gifford Youth Orchestra (GYO) is and always will be committed to the safety and well-being of students, volunteers and staff. As of March 20, 2020, 3:00 PM, Indian River County has TWO CONFIMRED COVID-19 coronavirus cases. The GYO is strictly following the guidance of the School District of Indian River County (SDIRC) and recommendations set by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Florida Department of Health (FDOH) as we recognize the seriousness of the situation.

Per guidelines from the Florida Department of Health, the GYO has: 

  1. Suspended all violin and piano lessons through April 21, 2020   
  2. Suspended and re-scheduled where possible of all performances through April 30, 2020
  3. Suspended all bucket drops until further notice

As a reminder, we recommend these preventative actions every family should take to prevent exposure to COVID-19:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your face especially, your eyes, nose and or mouth
  • Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue and discard it immediately
  • STAY HOME IF YOUR CHILD IS SICK OR IF YOU ARE SICK        
  • Clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces
  • CLEAN your hands often
  • For more information visit the CDC’s website

 

The world virus has dealt us a difficult hand, but we intend to make the most of it and work through the concerns and issues together. Thank you for your understanding and support.

we were lucky:  The crystal gazing celebration was scheduled early enough that the show went on!  Here are some photos from the March 7th Celebration

Xaque Gruber, Emcee, Dr. Crystal Bujol, and Crystal Gazing Performing Artists

Willie Mae Green Makes Her Entrance

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Trapp and Iva Powell

Iva and Trapps here

Half the Guests w/ UUFVB Folks

The Other Half W/ COMMISSIONER Flesher

Reception Table With GYO Parents

Brothers Jim and Larry Parks

Mark Wygonik, Parent and Linda Rollins

gyo Performing Artists' table

Chanton Taylor and

George Blythe and Jim  Daly

GYO Musicians Greeting Mr. & Mrs. Driver

Cathy and Dick Early Arrivals

WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE BEING RECOGNIZED AT THE CRYSTAL GAZING CELEBRATION?

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The Gifford Youth Orchestra is a 5-1 (c)(3) Corporation Since 2010

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                       GYO dECEMBER  2019 STUDENTS FROM ANNUAL CONCERT PERFORMANCE 

 

Pages from the 2019 Concert Souvenir Program Book

 

Cover Page

 Page 3 - Marissa Rollins Expands the GYO

          There was Standing room only!

 

Gifford Youth Orchestra held its

16th Annual String Concert

"Silver Strings"

Celebrating 16 years of Music Education

that keeps children

"Off the Street and On the Stage!"

Because Silver is the gift for 16th anniversary

We chose Silver Strings as our theme

The Concert was held on Nov. 2nd, at the

Gifford Community Center

4875 43rd Avenue, Gifford, FL 32967

As silver threads glistened in the background 48 children performed their best music before a standing room only audience who applauded, loudly, for every single song!

 

 

More pages from the program book below.

 

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           OFF THE STREET AND ON THE STAGE!

Did you ever hear the adage about teaching hungry people how to fish?  "Teach a woman how to fish and she feeds the whole community!"  Marissa Rollins not only did it for herself -- but she is now teaching others to do the same!   (read below)

 

Marissa Rollins' USF Graduation

 

          In 2007 she put her name on the GYO Roll and picked up her first violin.  Beginning in 2012, one after another, she added her name to the Vero Beach High School: Concert, Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras.

         In 2014, holding on to her violin, she began her studies at the University of South Florida.

          in 2019, with her BA and Teaching Credentials in hand, still holding her violin, again, and signed a contract to teach violin to all the children in grades K-5 at Lincoln Elementary Magnet School in Plant City, Florida.  

          You invested in her education through the small community of Gifford, Florida, but the ripples of your dollars are now blessing children 120 miles on the other side of the state. 

Did you ever imagine that your dollars could stretch so far? 

Did you ever imagine your donation could help so many children stay

off the street and on the stage?   

You made the difference!

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The Founder’s Page
“Each One, Teach One”

                    By Rev. Dr. Crystal Bujol,                   November, 2019


January 1, 2003, at the Gifford Swimming Pool, I was facilitating my first Kwanzaa Program in Gifford, Florida. That’s when I met Annie Powell and our long -time friendship and community service alliance began. She said, “Our kids are being left behind! What are you going to do about that?” She showed me a photo of a little black boy dragging his cello at
the end of a long line of other musicians. She thought he was at the end of the line because he was being left behind. In reality, he was at the end of the line because he played the cello, often the last one to leave the stage. I had no choice but to get busy developing the Gifford Youth Orchestra.

 

The story about GYO history is amazing. Filled with beautiful people, dedicated teachers,
committed board members, generous donors, struggles and sprouts, phenomenal children and parents with dreams for better tomorrows who entrusted their children to Joan Haar and me. We didn’t know what was coming in 2019. We didn’t know that one day, one of our graduates would graduate from college and instead of teaching 40 or 50 children each week, she would teach nearly 80 children each day! How did that happen?

 

EACH ONE TEACH ONE IS THE SECRET FORMULA!

 

A 2016 study at the University of Southern California’s Brain and Creativity Institute found that musical experiences in childhood can actually accelerate brain development, particularly in the areas of language
acquisition and reading skills. Furthermore, according to the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation (NAMM Foundation), learning to play an instrument can improve mathematical learning and even increase SAT scores. That means all of Marissa’s 400 students are experiencing accelerated brain development! (see photo of Marissa and some of her children above)

 

Academic achievement isn’t the only benefit of music education and exposure. Music ignites all areas of child development and skills for school readiness: intellectual, social and emotional, motor, language, and overall
literacy. It helps the body and the mind work together. Exposing children to music during early development helps them learn the sounds and meanings of words. Dancing to music helps children build motor skills while
allowing them to practice self-expression. For children and adults, music helps strengthen memory skills.”


This means that all of Marissa’s 400 students are practicing self-expression and strengthening their memory
skills!


HOW CAN THE GYO HELP MORE YOUNG PEOPLE CHOOSE A PATH SIMILAR TO MARISSA’S?


The Gifford Youth Orchestra just needs to stay the course. Continue doing what it does. Follow the Mission Statement. Prepare boys and girls to follow their dreams and prepare them for the goal of “Each One, Teach
One!” It is a perfect bridge to better tomorrows. “More Violins, Better Tomorrows.” More Music, More Melodies, Better Tomorrows. Keep them off the street and on the stage of a successful life!


And that, my friend, is the key to my devotion to this Gifford Youth Orchestra dream!

                              One Chair Left

Ho Hum!  One Day, I'll play like those Intermediate Students!

Laughing away the last minute jitters

Music Director, and Her Assistant and Her Concert Master Getting Ready for the Show to Go On!

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MISSION STATEMENT


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.

 

More Violins ~ Better Tomorrows  - Is Our Slogan

Each One Teach One - Is Our Motto

Off the Street and on the Stage is our mission

 

 

 

A COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF PERFORMING ARTS FOR CHILDREN

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 . . . 

 

Major Donors to Gifford Youth Orchestra

Making it possible to provide tuition scholarships to fifty-seven 2019 students


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Contact Us

By US Mail:

P O Box 691166
Vero Beach, FL  32969

 

By Telephone:

772-213-3007

 

Rehearsals and Classes at:

Gifford Community Center
4855 43rd Avenue
Vero Beach, FL 32967   
 


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CALENDAR


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


 

February

 

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

 


 

March

 

 


 

May

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June 

 

 

 

August    ·  

  

September

 


 

October

 


 

November

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


December 

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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