History of the Gifford Youth Orchestra

100% of our high school graduates are in college!


Our 2014 high school graduate has been accepted at


Howard University -- the university of her dreams!





Total Students Taught or Touched  2003 - 2014 Current  # Graduated Other School Program program moved  suspended 
124 29 6 26 17 6
  23% 5.% 21% 14 5%

Dropped reason unknown Dropped & Returned Parent or child lost interest Parent could but wouldn't afford 
11 6 13 10
9% 5% 10% 8%

Manhar was a high school volunteer tutor 2007 - 2008.  He graduated from University of North Florida.  Now teaches math at an Orlando High School.

Sukesha graduated from Vero Beach High School in 2009.  She attends the University of North Florida.  Duel major in Business Finance and Violin.  She is a violinist in the University Orchestra.  Tutors students in the Gifford Youth Orchestra during summer months.  

Joey Lanyi graduated from Vero Beach High School in 2010.  He was a student tutor with Gifford from 2009 - 2010.  He is now a student at University of Central Florida.  Still plays his Cello.

Chantel Crosdale graduated Vero Beach High School in 2011.  She is now studying nursing at Jacksonville Florida State College.  Returns to Gifford during summers to tutor viola and cello students.  


Sam Miller was part of our student body and the First String Performing Artists from 2009 - 2011.  He is now focusing all his musical training with the Vero Beach Symphony Orchestra.  

Jamari Williams is a Charter Member of the Gifford Youth Orchestra.  Joined at its inception in 2003.  Graduated from St. Edwards High School.  Enters the prestigious AMDA (American Music and Drama Academy), California campus in October 2012.  Has continued to serve as a member of the teaching staff during the interim. 

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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