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Luminaries - Monday, June 18, 2018

Atlantic Classical Orchestra supports Youth Orchestra

Cindy Roden

Special to Treasure Coast Newspapers USA TODAY NETWORK - FLORIDA

"Changing lives through music" is a theme held by both the Atlantic Classical Orchestra and the Gifford Youth Orchestra.

The Vero Friends of the Classical Orchestra recently presented the Youth Orchestra with $2, 400 to help with its mission.

For 15 years, the Youth Orchestra has been giving at-risk youth the tools to be on stage versus on the streets.

Through music education and opportunities to perform, these children are provided with a chance to feel good about themselves and believe that they can accomplish great things in their lives. Image: The Vero Friends of the Atlantic Classical Orchestra Brenda Allen and Jean Beckert, left, give Dr. Crystal Bujol, artistic director of the Gifford Youth Orchestra, a check for $2,400.

Dr. Crystal Bujol, artistic director of the Youth Orchestra, said, "One hundred precent of our high school graduates are either enrolled in, or have completed their education at the college of their choice." The Gifford Youth Orchestra has a focus on "More Violins, Less Violence." For some students, learning the violin can be difficult. The G YO has added piano and choir into its repertoire to make sure all students are feeling empowered by music education.

The gift from the Atlantic Classical Orchestra will help reduce the cost of piano lessons for the children.

"While piano lessons are offered to Gifford parents at a reduced rate, it can be difficult for them to make these payments every month. This donation will help to support those parents in need," said Bujol.

The Atlantic Classical Orchest! ra just completed its 28th season, bringing the beautiful sounds of the classical masters and works by some of today’s most celebrated emerging artists to life.

Through the volunteer groups of the Classical Orchestra and educational outreach programs, the orchestra is delighted to give back to community that has supported them for so many years.

To learn more about the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, visit www.Atlantic and to learn more about the Gifford Youth Orchestra, visit


November 10, 2017 - Luminaries



The Gifford Youth Orchestra’s inaugural "Getting to know the Stars of GYO" was wildly successful, as the "stars" were able to mingle with the VIPs and the VIPs were able to talk to the "stars," and even get tips on playing the violin.

All this mingling took place Oct. 27 at the Grand Harbor Beach Club on State Road A1A.

Some of the VIPs included Lawrence and Corrine Trapp, Indian River County Commissioner Joe Flescher and his wife, Rosemary, Oculina Bank CEO Chris Russell, and Roman and Joan Ortega-Cowan.

During the evening, the GYO "stars" would bring the VIPs to orchestra di rector D r. Crystal Bujol, who would talk about the orchestra, its programs and its expansion into choir and piano, all while Gretchen Cover played background music with her lyrical harp.

The Grand Harbor Beach Club chef also did a spectacular job.

On Nov. 4, the GYO held its 14th annual concert at the Gifford Community Center and played to a packed house.

Throughout the program, Bujol read biographies on the young musicians performing. All in all, there were 12 orchestra pieces, one piano solo, two choral pieces with one choral solo.

For more information on the the Gifford Youth Orchestra, Choir and Piano visit or on Facebook at


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