The GYO was started in 2003 to focus on teaching music to children in the county whose families could afford neither lessons nor instruments. The Orchestra provided them both at little or no cost and still does.
“We’ve taught hundreds of children how to play string instruments,” Dr. Bujol said. “But we’ve helped them in other ways, as well. Music is a building block that empowers students to step up in all their other classes,” she says. “All our students who’ve been with us until high school, graduate. And those who graduate high school go on to college. Our kids grow into responsible young people who get on in the world.”
But that doesn’t mean they don’t want to have fun, she says. A lot of the children coming to the GYO’s Community Barbecue are going to be young musicians.
For more information about the GYO visit www.gyotigers.org and see our facebook page.