About Us




We are creating our legacy

With our motto:



    “Each One Teach One!”   


Our commitment to the community of humankind is our slogan: 


“More Violins

~ Less Violence

~ Better Tomorrows”





To break the self-perpetuating cycles of poverty and lack of oppor-tunity often found in minority communities, we commit to this Mission Statement




    Mission Statement


The Gifford Youth Orchestra provides

education, training, and on-stage

experience in  the performing arts,

including music, drama,performance

and the vocal arts for the youth of

Gifford, Florida and the surrounding

population, with a core focus on

Classical Music and stringed instruments


And More Fun!

At a special meeting in 2013, the teens added their own

Teen Theme

Off the Street ~ On the Stage!


teaching staff

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Joan Haar,

Director of Music

Bachelor of Music Ed. from Nyack College, NY. Certified and taught in NY, KY, and FL public schools and private instruction; ten years of afterschool string classes in several Indian River County public and private schools years. Director of Music Gifford Orchestra eight years.



Linda Spiwak,

Coach for Soloists




Deborah Pelt

Silver Strings Music Teacher

Graduated Indian River Charter School 2014.  Student at Indian River State College. Seven years in GYO 1st String Performing Ensemble.




Dr. Crystal Bujol, Phd. Spiritual Psychology.  

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.


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



Upcoming Dates

November 5, 2016

"The Magic of 13 Years"


The Gifford Community Center 

            4855 43rd Avenue

  Corner 43rd Ave. & 49th St.   



Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Gifford Youth Orchestra

Opens the meeting for

The Indian River County

School Board meeting



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