PERFOMANCE HISTORY
PERFOMANCE HISTORY

A History of the Gifford Youth Orchestra

 

Tigers: The most feared animal in the wild. Even lions don’t mess with tigers! This may be one of the reasons Tigers were chosen as the mascot for Gifford HIGH School, when it was the center of attention in Gifford, Florida from 1937 to 1965. The Crystal Foundation: Gifford Chapter at its inception, decided to take on the Tigers as its mascot, for all its programs, to continue the community pride and respect for the Tigers at Gifford High School and honor the legacy of excellence set by those students and faculty. Today, the Gifford Youth Orchestra Tigers perform with the best characteristics of tigers and in acknowledgement of

 

More Violins ~ Less Violence.

 

In 2002, there were no Gifford children in the Indian River Youth Symphony Orchestra. There were no Gifford children in the Vero High School Symphony Orchestra. There were no organized music programs in Gifford, public or private, to help prepare a child’s mind to appreciate symphonic music. In 2002, the Gifford Community designed a neighborhood action plan which included the development of (a) a greater sense of community pride; (b) an increase in the number of cultural organizations that conduct activities in Gifford, and (c) a greater community involvement with schools. These goals were to be reached by 2007. In January 2003, a proposal was submitted to the Progressive Civic League of Gifford through its Front Porch Program to create a Gifford Youth Orchestra that would provide a cultural experience for building self esteem, self confidence, and creativity through instrumental music targeting the elementary school age children. It was the brainchild of Annie Powell.

 

In August 2003, a group of individuals under the leadership of Rev. Crystal Bujol, Program Director, and Joan Haar, Music Director, started the Gifford Youth Orchestra by teaching 14 students how to play the violin. They had a long-range goal of to provide another channel for creative expression for young people who may not choose to or be able to take the road of sports, etc., as a path to higher education. Success in this program would serve to create future generations who will perpetuate the outcome of the community goals.

 

The goal to generate a greater sense of community pride is shown every year as this organization hosts its annual concert in November. ; (b) an increase in the number of cultural organizations that conduct activities in Gifford, and (c) a greater community involvement with schools.

 

The Gifford Youth Orchestra Program, with children who, prior to 2003, had never held a violin, never played a violin, and never thought of participating in a symphonic orchestra, are to be congratulated because they have met all of their 2007 goals in the Gifford Neighborhood Action Plan!



Contact Us

The Gifford Florida Youth Orchestra
8 Vista Gardens Trl #102
Vero Beach, FL 32962

 

 Mailing Address:P O Box 691166

Vero Beach, FL 32969-1166
Phone: +1 772 / 778-5118

 

Email: GYO@GYOTIGERS.ORG

Upcoming Dates

November 5, 2016

"The Magic of 13 Years"

ANNUAL CONCERT  2:00 p.m.

The Gifford Community Center 

            4855 43rd Avenue

  Corner 43rd Ave. & 49th St.   

 

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