Gifford Youth Orchestra

More violins - Better Tomorrows



The Gifford Florida Youth Orchestra is a 501(c)(3) Non Profit Corporation.
Your donations and gifts are tax-deductible.

President – Rev. Dr. Crystal Bujol                                                                                                Indian River County


Indian River County Resident. Past president of the Indian River Community Oriented Police Enforcement and Education Committee (COPE). Recipient of the: 2007 Gifford, Florida’s Dreamer’s Ball Award. “Good Neighbor Award” from State Farm in 2006, Vero Beach, Florida. Cultural Council’s 2009 Laurel Award for Volunteer Activist Leadership in Vero Beach. Gifford Progressive Civic League Award for Special Services to Gifford, 2013. Member Vero Beach Beachside Toastmasters 2009 – 2014. 1st Chairperson Black Lives Matter Committee, Vero Beach, Florida, 2016. Retired Pastor 22 Years in the pulpit of 2 churches, simultaneously. PhD in Spiritual Psychology from Inner Circle University, Los Angeles, CA.



Vice President – Dr. Elaine Word                                                                 Berkeley, California, Alameda County


Alameda County California Resident. Adjunct Professor, Patten University, Department of Education, Oakland, California. Beginning Teacher Support and Administration Provider (BTSA). Elementary School Teacher completing 42 years in June 2016, currently employed part time for the Oakland Unified School District. Owner- ‘Word Tutoring,’ Oakland/Berkeley, CA from 1985 – 1992. Owner- ‘Aunt Bead Jewelry Designs’ 2012 – present.



Secretary:  James Parks                                                                                                      Indian River County                                                                                      

Indian River County Resident. President Roof Repairs Only, Inc. from 1989 to present. 1983 State Licensed General Contractor. 1989 State Licensed Roofing Contractor. President of Treasure Coast Rotary of Vero Beach, past Treasurer, 1995, 2009 and 2010.




Recording Secretary – Terry Domino                                                                                          Indian River County                                                                                     

MA in Education - Retired NJ  Elementary School teacher - 30 years experience; Secretary  Teachers' Union - 8 years; Chairperson of Teachers' Negotiations Committee - 8 years; Girl Scout Leader - 6 years; Co-Chair of fund raising - Freehold NJ AAUW - 2 years;  Member UUFVB Board of Trustees - 4 years, Vice President - 2 years, Member of UUFVB choir - 4 years; Secretary UUFVB Political Action Committee -2 years.



Treasurer - Roger T. Sobkowiak                                                                                 Frederick, MD


Retired corporate executive (GE, ITT, CitiGroup), former board member and chair of Hope for Families Center and Bridges Early Learning Center. Volunteer consultant with the National Executive Service Corps providing management and organization guidance to non-profits.  Former resident of Vero Beach. Grandfather and photographer.



Member – Helen Perry            Member                                                                                   Indian River County


Indian River County Resident since 1964. Retired Kindergarten Teacher. Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education with focus on Early Childhood Education. Employed by IRC School District from 1964 to 2003. Opened the J. A. Thompson Elementary and retired from there.

Taught kindergarten students at the Gifford Youth Achievement Center for 12 years. Currently serving as Clerk for Supervisor of Elections, Indian River County; musician for my church, member of the Martin Luther Birthday Committee, Indian River County Retired Educator's Association, Gifford’s Sr. Citizens Community Special K Aerobics Class, Concerned Citizens of Gifford, and Oslo Middle School's School Improvement Committee.



Member – Larry Staley            Member                                                                                    Indian River County


Resident of Gifford, Florida since age two. BS degree from St. Augustine College, Raleigh, NC with a major in psychology, minor in recreation. 40 years’ experience working with youth as coach for baseball, track & field, and martial arts. 35 years’ experience as Park Director, Summer Camp Director, and Swim Coach. First African American licensed as a lifeguard in Indian River County. Director of the Gifford Aquatic Pool since 2003. Trained, licensed, and hired young people as lifeguards. Coached many of the parents, grandparents, and great grandparents of our GYO children. Teaches Senior Citizen Exercise Class in Gifford from 2002 to present. Served as a drummer at several Gifford churches from 1980 to present. President, Dr. M. L. King Birthday Committee for 18 years. Chairperson of the Dr. Martin Luther King Annual Parade in Gifford. Member Gifford Progressive Civic League, Local NAACP, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. 1980 High Hurdler on Olympic Team when USA boycotted Olympic Games. He uses this disappointment to teach young people how to “keep on keepin’ on!”




Member – Wilfred Hart                                                                                                                Indian River County


Resident of Indian River County, Florida over 40 years.  Married to Dorothy A. Hart and have four (4) children. Received Bachelor’s Degree in business administration from Bethune Cookman, Daytona Beach, Florida. Retired from K-Mart, over 35 years in retail management.  Received Outstanding Customer Care – Chairman's Award and Assistant Manager of the Year Southeast Regional, Central District during tenure with K-Mart.  Deacon of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Gifford Florida.  Vice-President, Dr. M. L. King Birthday Committee and Member for over 10 years.  Member of the Local NAACP and Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, Inc.   Founder of The Woman in Red with Pink which recognizes those with cancer and promoting awareness of cancer.  Strategic and Effective in Fund Raising.  Active in volunteering with the community. Enjoy traveling, sports and signing. Two of his granddaughters in GYO Strings Program. 




Member – Mark Philip Wygonik                                                                                                Indian River County



Mark grew up in Vero Beach, graduated VBHS in 1976, and immediately moved to South Florida to attend college, where he majored in Communications/Marketing. He began his professional career in Stuart, FL working in the Advertising field, then moved to the Turks & Caicos Islands, BWI, as the Art Director for a Caribbean publication. He returned to Vero in 1985, where he immersed himself in the Cultural Community. For the past 35 years, he has been a Director on several Arts and Theater Boards, including President of the VB Theatre Guild; Was Director of EYE OF THE LIZARD Art Gallery; Currently sits on the Leadership Team of the ART VILLAGE, is one of the Directors of ART IN PUBLIC PLACES for the Cultural Council, and is a past recipient of the Richard A. Stark Award for Cultural Leadership from the CC of IRC.                                                   

Mark is an Artist/Graphic Designer, runs a private consulting business for Arts & Entertainment.  Co-0wner of co-owner of FW Productions and M Boutique, Intl. 




Thank you in advance

The Gifford Youth Orchestra

 501(c)3 Corporation since 2010

Thank you for your donation!

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Contact Us

By US Mail:

P O Box 691166
Vero Beach, FL  32969


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




Crystal Bujol, Artistic Director and Music Teacher

Iva Powell-Perry, Executive Director of Programs

Joan Haar, Music Director - Strings Program

Sue Lorimier, Music Director - Piano Program

Abby Lorimier - Violin Teacher

Matt Oostdyk - Violin Teacher

Emily McCain - Violin Teacher

Courtney Diaz - Violin Teacher 

Sukesha Crosdale, Violin Tutor

 Iris Bloomfield and Ciera Hopewell, Teacher's Aides

Noemie Joseph,  President Parent Action Committee and Special Assistant to Program Director

Debbie Avery, Outreach and Development Director




Jim Parks, Volunteer Nutrition and Snacks

Hester Lillie, Volunteer Online Communications and Records

Alexis Krasotkin, Secretary of Gratitude

Other Volunteers:

Annette Reason, Phyllis Parks, Debbie Avery, Noemie Joseph, Patti Gibbons, George Blythe, Michael Lewis, Michael Anderson, Neferteria Bushell-Cue, Becky Anunziato, Linda Spiwak, Iris Broomfield, Dorothy Cobb, Annie Powell, and the 9 Working Board Members!



 Lawrence Trapp, who (during segregated schools) from 1958 – 1969, taught band to all of the black Jr. High and High school students.  From 1969 to 1990, he taught band classes to all the Indian River County 7th grade students, Vero Beach Jr. High students until 1990.  He later volunteered to teach music classes at the GYAC. He still teaches at Melody Music.

 Jeryl Thompson, Professional Recording Artist and Businessman.  Charter Member Gifford Youth Orchestra Board of Directors, Charter Member Crystal Foundation Board of Directors.

 Barbara Hoffman, Co-Founder of Healing Arts/Arts in Medicine  

 Cindi Jorgenson, Recently retired school counselor, teacher.   

 Jennifer Idlette, Director of Transportation for the IRC School Board. 

 Carol Norton, Attorney and Businesswoman.

 Jacob Craig, Music Director, 1st Presbyterian Church in Vero Beach.

 James Broxton, Indian River County Public School Teacher, Basketball and Football coach, 2017 Teacher of the Year, and a very well known, magnificent saxophonist in Florida.

 Dr. Joan Ortega-Cowan, President and Executive Director, Vero Beach Opera.

 Woody Woods, International musician, choir director for international choirs, and President of the Las Vegas Jazz Society.

 Charlotte Terry Real Estate Group, Alex MacWilliam Real Estate, Inc.



Some gyo board members reminding us of their illustrious past service