Gulliver’s Performing Arts Program enhances Gables Chamber breakfast

Gulliver’s Performing Arts Program enhances Gables Chamber breakfast

well-received performance by the string quartet of Mozart’sEine Kleine Nachtmusik wasconducted by Adrian Gordon.

Guests at the monthly Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Breakfast on Apr. 18 at the Biltmore Hotel were thoroughly entertained by a program showcasing the award-winning Performing and Visual Arts Programs of Gulliver Schools.

The student-driven program began with a young student leading the pledge and an 11th grader announcing, followed by some of the best entertainment the chamber ever has enjoyed at a meeting.

Chamber chair-elect Peter Adair helped welcome such notables as Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe, chair of the Department of Choral and Sacred Music at the University of Southern California, and Gulliver Schools alumna Dr. Emily White, pianist and faculty member at the Julliard School, New York.

Speaking on the impact of the performing arts in education and the development of children, Drs. Scheibe and White emphasized the importance of continuing the arts programs in schools, for the wellbeing and success of each student.

Within the confines of only 27 minutes the creative instructors and directors of Gulliver Schools worked together to create an intense extravaganza of classical and contemporary music, as well as dance and drama from the middle school to preparatory levels.

Highlights included Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik conducted by Adrian Gordon; Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal with music conducted by Mr. Ron Castonguay and dance accompaniment choreographed by Ms. Gerri Barreras. In addition to the exciting sounds of the Academy Middle School Jazz Band as they played Jumpin at the Woodside conducted by Mr. Robert Keating.

The audience also enjoyed performances of Gaston under the direction of Mr. Carlos Orizondo and Ms. Sheila Boyce and finally a performance of Who Will Love Me As I Am directed by Ms. Kimberly Adams.

For those attending the affair, rave reviews were the order of the day.

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A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel as well as non profit consulting and management. Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist writing Gloria’s Gab, a column that focuses on the non-profit activity. Burns was Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee for 6 years and then served as the first Executive Director of Coral Gables Community Foundation for 14 years after which she helped the emerging Community Foundation of Pinecrest. Active in many non profits, she received the 2015-16 President's Best Member Award from the GFWC Coral Gables Woman's Club, 2012-13 CGWC Leadership Award, 2012-2013 Rotarian of the Year Award as RCCG Public Relations Chair and Fund raising Co-Chair, 2011 Florida Federation of Women’s Club Volunteer of the Year for the District 11 and honored by the City of Doral as one of their first recipients for the Doralian Women's Award. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education; helps coordinate charity partners for the Westin Colonnade's Annual Give Kids the World Breakfast; serves on the board of directors of Doral Business Council; is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club; serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and is Publicity Chair; and is a member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee. Gloria is also an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where sings sings in the choir. She can be reached at

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