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More violins - Better Tomorrows


                                             17th ANNUAL CONCERT  November 2019

STRING AND PIANO STUDENTS


 

 

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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

 

   

INVEST IN THE GYO   

Thank you in advance

The Gifford Youth Orchestra

 501(c)3 Corporation since 2010

Thank you for your donation!

Credit/Debit Card or PayPal

           mascot

 
 

         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:

772-213-3007

 

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

2019

 

Ensemble 2006 for the Indian River Health Department

 

Ensemble 2013

 

 

Beginning Violin Class January 2020

         CALENDAR

January

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

February

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

March

 7th - Crystal Gazing Celebration 

 

 

All Future Public Appearance Events Cancelled Until Further Notice

 

November

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

 

Violin

 

Viola and Cello

 

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

 

 

Piano

 

Choir

 

       GYO Volunteers                           2019 - 2020

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

    

   THE BRACKETT FAMILY FOUNDATION, INC.

 

 

                                    

 

     

  

 

 

       

 

 

  iTHINK Financial | Moving You Forward

     

 

   

 

 

 

  

    

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

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                             A Picture is worth a thousand words  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THIS IS A HOLDING SPACE

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)

        gifford youth                            orchestra                        Board of directors

 

 

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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!

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