Gifford Youth Orchestra

More violins - Better Tomorrows

                                             17th ANNUAL CONCERT  November 2019




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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




Thank you in advance

The Gifford Youth Orchestra

 501(c)3 Corporation since 2010

Thank you for your donation!

Credit/Debit Card or PayPal



         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.


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.


give them a Violin Demanded             Annie Powell!








2003 - In the Beginning


Teaching Each One to Teach One


            the                            glorious                       vision 

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



Teaching Rhythms


Training Little Fingers

 Dr. Crystal Bujol        Founder and        Artistic  Director







    Joan Haar           Set  the  tone in                 2003 

Senior Music Director


Luke Pelt - Graduating Senior

2010 - 2020

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.

Creating Ensembles



Ensemble 2006 for the Indian River Health Department


Ensemble 2013



Beginning Violin Class January 2020



19th- Spring Piano Recital (3 pm)

5th -Cultural Council Performance at Riverside Park

19th - MLK Banquet @ GYAC (Dr. Bujol & Iva taking 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 


 7th - Crystal Gazing Celebration 



All Future Public Appearance Events Cancelled Until Further Notice



Saturday, 14th ~ GYO 17th Annual Concert, 3 pm at the Gifford Community Center or on Zoom


Hopeful Events!

8th - GYO Student Awards Banquet at the Gifford Community Center 


 Tuesday, December 24th, Annual GYO Students Performance for children at the Hibiscus Society  






Let's Have Piano!

Sue Lorimier Brings Her Gift in 2016





Sue Lorimier - Piano Department Director














“Music is a moral law.  It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.  Plato 





I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music,

for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning” ― Plato




Viola and Cello


Etiquette Training Sometimes requires wearing an apron over one's tuxedo!







       GYO Volunteers                           2019 - 2020

      2019 - 2020  GRANTS  awards THANK YOU FOR  investing in the better tomorrows














  iTHINK Financial | Moving You Forward

















                             A Picture is worth a thousand words  















GYO Teaching Staff 2019 - 20


Executive Director of Programs

Iva Powell-Perry




Marissa Rollins

GYO Graduate and University of Florida Graduate; now teaching at Lincoln Elementary School and GYO Teacher and Camp Director during summer breaks.



Matthew Oostdyk



Courtney Diaz



Emily McCain



Abby Lorimier





Safa ElZein





Louise Jones




We have placed violins, violas and cellos in the hands of over 221 young people from 2003 to 2020. 


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, music books, supplies and equipment, and the best staff of teachers to the members of our orchestral Village.  


Michael Lewis






Annie Moore Powell


George Blythe




Phyllis Parks



Becky Anunziato




John Powell


James Jordan

Terry Domino,

Recording Secretary

Wilfred Hart

Larry Staley

Mark Wygonik

Helen Perry

Jamari Williams Johnson

Warren Obluck (Retired 4-1-2020)

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Dr. Elaine Word, Vice President

Roger T. Sobkowiak, Treasurer

Jim Parks, Corporate Secretary

Dr. Crystal Bujol, President with Annie Powell who said to Crystal, "Our children are being left behind!  What are you going to do about it?"  This GYO is her response.  Thank you Annie!