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Gifford Youth Orchestra

More violins - Better Tomorrows

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By US Mail:

P O Box 691166
Vero Beach, FL  32969

 

By Telephone:

772-213-3007

 

Rehearsals and Classes at:

Gifford Community Center
4855 43rd Avenue
Vero Beach, FL 32967   
 

Meet our Instructors


 

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Joan Haar

Director of Music

Bachelor of Music Ed. from Nyack College, NY. Certified and taught in New York, Kentucky, and Florida public schools and private instruction; ten years of after-school string classes in several Indian River County public and private schools. Mrs. Haar has been Director of Music of the Gifford Youth Orchestra since the very first class in 2003.

Sukesha Crosdale

Sukesha, who started with the GYO when she was 12, returns to Vero Beach from her study and work program in Jacksonville as often as she can to mentor younger students.   She says she loves helping the next generation expand their thinking through music.   An exceptionally talented teacher, she helps run a preschool violin camp in Jacksonville, Florida, for 3- to 6-year olds. At the University of North Florida, she is double majoring in accounting and business management with the goal of attaining an MBA and becoming a CPA.

Linda Spiwak

Coach for Soloists

Linda Spiwak has a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from the State University College at Fredonia, NY. She has been teaching private violin lessons for more than 40 years and presently teaches violin in Vero Beach, Florida. She was the assistant concertmaster of the Utica Symphony in Utica NY and also a member of the Catskill (NY) Symphony, Schenectady (NY) Symphony, and the Spiwak Family Quartet. In addition to her symphony work, Linda has also played in backup bands for world class entertainers including Wayne Newton, John Denver, Frank Sinatra Jr., Bobby Binton, Paul Anka, Anne Murray, Connie Francis and Patti Paige. She has also played in pit orchestras for numerous high school and community theater Boradway musical productions. Linda currently plays in the Holy Cross Church Quartet and teaches private lessons on the violin, viola and cello.

SAFA EL-ZEIN

A 2016 graduate of the University of Indianapolis School of Music, Safa teaches the orchestra’s advanced students. Although she lives in Orlando, she commutes weekly to be available for her GYO duties.   Her goal is  to inspire her students. She knows that the more excited about music they are the more they will work to improve.  As they keep improving they find even more chances to play, a positive cycle that keeps reinforcing itself.    Safa’s dedication is typical of spirit that characterizes the entire GYO teaching staff. Their exceptional accomplishments and instructional skills are matched by their love for their students.  
 

 

Marissa Rollins

Marissa Rollins is a summer violin/viola instructor for the Gifford Youth Orchestra. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education at the University of South Florida and is set to graduate May of 2019. As an active violinist, music educator, and alumnus of the Gifford Youth Orchestra, she thoroughly enjoys coming back to tutor students of violin.   

Read the interview:  Marissa Rollins, A GYO Success Story (pdf)

Dr. Crystal Bujol, PhD.

Performing Arts Instructor

Founder and Artistic Director Gifford Youth Orchestra.  Pianist, pipe organist, composer, arranger, and conductor for choirs, TV, and vocal groups for 52 years. Public Speaker 40 years, Toastmaster 4 years.