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Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra will conduct a of performances and workshops at the Edmund Burke School. Click here for videos and more!

CAFE high school students will compete against Charles Herbert Flowers HS for their first Maryland State Bar Association Mock Trial Competition.  Come out and support our Prince George’s County students as they hone in on their public speaking, comprehension of the legal system, analytical skills and leadership skills!

Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra will team up with Colours performing troupe for a special Black History Month Concert.  This Dynamic and exciting program will feature dance, vocal performance, and the full Steel Orchestra.   Download you free ticket/flyer here:

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CAFE high students will compete against Suitland HS for the second round of their first Maryland State Bar Association Mock Trial Competition.  Come out and support our Prince George’s County students as they hone in on their public speaking, comprehension of the legal system, analytical skills and leadership skills!

CAFE high school students will compete against DeMatha HS for their first Maryland State Bar Association Mock Trial Competition.  Come out and support our Prince George’s County students as they hone in on their public speaking, comprehension of the legal system, analytical skills and leadership skills!

CAFE high school students will compete against Gwynn Park High School for their first Maryland State Bar Association Mock Trial Competition.  Come out and support our Prince George’s County students as they hone in on their public speaking, comprehension of the legal system, analytical skills and leadership skills!

Come out and support our students as they go up against DeMatha Catholic High School for their first match of the 2nd round of the Mock Trial Competition.  This is a great honor for our students as this is their first year participating in the competition.

PVYSO will entertain guests at the NEA ESP Conference.  For more information visit:

http://www.nea.org/home/1604.htm

Join Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra for an unforgettable performance at Washington D.C.’s famed Cherry Blossom Festival.  The Orchestra will perform an exciting set of Calypso, Classical, Pop and Hip-Hop.

Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates spring in Washington, DC, the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. The Festival produces and coordinates 16 days and 3 spectacular weekends of festivities, primarily free and open to the public. Explore the site to learn more about the Festival and its events, the spectacular gift of trees, and everything you can do to make the most of your visit to the nation’s capital!

Join PVYSO as they help the Siena School celebrate their annual International Night.  The Siena School offers a rich educational program for bright, college-bound students who are challenged by language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia.  For more information visit http://www.thesienaschool.org/

PVYSO will “edu-tain” students at the prestigious Sidwell Friends School!

Join the Cultural Academy For Excellence and First United Methodist Church of Hyatsville as they present an exciting Gospel Brunch with award-winning vocalist, Rudy Faulkner, and some of today’s greatest contemporary gospel talent.

Rudy Faulkner studied classical music along with Jazz at Norfolk State University and Virginia Commonwealth University. Rudy’s powerful and creamy voice gave him the opportunity to open for the likes of Clarke Terry, Carmen Mcrae, Jon Hendricks, Betty Carter and Rene Marie. Faulkner regularly performs in the Contemporary Jazz Market with FRENS, a Richmond, VA favorite, serving as lead vocalist and percussionist.

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Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra will entertain patrons, patients, and staff at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C.  The Cultural Academy For Excellence encourages students to engage in philanthropy through donated performances.

Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra will open for steel pan living-legend Ray Holman and Delaware Steel on Saturday, April 30th at the UD Steel Band Festival.

http://music.udel.edu/percussion/steelbandfestival.html

Enjoy a CAFE-sponsored bus ride to Virginia Beach, VA for the annual VA Beach PANorama and Caribbean Music Fest!

DEPARTS: First United Methodist Church of Hyattsville (limited free parking available)
6201 Belcrest Rd, Hyattsville, MD 20782
Saturday, May 7th, 5:00 am

ARRIVES: Virginia Beach, VA
(approximately 24th St and Atlantic Ave)
Saturday, May 7th, 9:00 am
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DEPARTS: Virginia Beach, VA
(approximately 24th St and Atlantic Ave)
Saturday, May 7th, 10:00 pm

ARRIVES: First United Methodist Church of Hyattsville
6201 Belcrest Rd, Hyattsville, MD 20782
Sunday, May 8th, 2:00 am

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Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra will provide the ceremonial musical and the entertainment at the prestigious Queen Anne School’s graduation ceremony this year.  (This is a private event)

Join us in congratulating our graduating high school seniors as they embark on the next phase of their lives.  CAFE’s outstanding students are rewarded with trophies and gifts, and graduating seniors are presented with a scholarship in the form of a laptop computer.

Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra will perform again this year at the very popular Washington Folk Festival!

The Cultural Academy For Excellence presents:

Sounds and Stories:
Music Through a Child’s Mind

Follow the adventures of a young child’s imagination as we embark on a fantastic journey through rhythm, sound, and story. With GRAMMY-Nominated trumpeter, Etienne Charles, GRAMMY-Nominated Hip Hop star Christylez Bacon, jazz superstar Jacques Schwarz-Bart, and the award-winning Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra, this concert experience is sure to leave you breathless! Tickets available only at www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu

Positive Vibrations will offer a public performance and interactive workshop to the community, including the history and science of the steel pan, with an opportunity to try your hand at the instrument!

Positive Vibrations will offer a public performance and interactive workshop to the community, including the history and science of the steel pan, with an opportunity to try your hand at the instrument!

Positive Vibrations will offer a public performance and interactive workshop to the community, including the history and science of the steel pan, with an opportunity to try your hand at the instrument!

Join Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra for an interactive performance and workshop, perfect for the whole family!  The Hyattsville Branch of Prince George’s County Library System will host these dynamic performers for an afternoon of great fun and music!

Join us for our annual back to school registration and information session! Pre-register online before August 27 to waive the $50 registration fee!

Pannist Victor Provost will present his Synthesis Quartet for an evening of  jazz, coffee-house style, at First United Methodist Church.

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Through a special initiative sponsored by University of Maryland, CAFE will travel overnight to Hampton, VA to hold a special workshop with our Veteran’s at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center.  Our students will spend valuable time interacting with our Veterans, conducting interviews and learning about their experience defending our country.  The students will then give a short workshop, giving the Veterans an opportunity to play a short melody on the steel pan!  Following the workshop, CAFE’s Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra will perform an hour-long concert!

Through a special initiative sponsored by University of Maryland, CAFE will hold a special workshop and Veterans Day Concert at the V.A. Medical Center in Perry Point, MD!

CAFE’s Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra will entertain a V.I.P crowd at a special address and reception by Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy!

Through a special initiative sponsored by University of Maryland, CAFE will hold a special workshop and Veterans Day Concert at the V.A. Medical Center in Washington, D.C. – featuring “Pershing’s Own” Kevin Gebo on trumpet!

PVYSO will perform for the Bailey Institute’s annual Tree Trimming Fundraiser party, under the auspices of His Excellency, Dr. Neil Parsan, Ambassador of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the United States of America and Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States.

Join us for our Annual Holiday Concert at First United Methodist Church.  This year we look forward to hosting members of the awesome Georgetown Chorale and four-time Grammy winner John Aler!

Positive Vibrations will make a special guest appearance at the Georgetown Chorale’s annual Christmas Concert!  Come get a preview of what is sure to be an exceptional spring benefit concert.

CAFE’s Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra has the distinct pleasure of performing at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage series on Wednesday, December 14.

CAFE’s Mock Trial Team takes on Bowie High School!

Our next Mandatory Parent Meeting will be Saturday February 18th @ 10:00 a.m. There is much to cover, and it is important that you make every effort to attend and be fully updated/informed.

CAFE’s Mock Trial team competes at home!

CAFE Mock Trial team in their first finals match of the season.

PVYSO will edu-tain students at the prestigious Sidwell Friends Middle School.

PVYSO will perform at the annual University of Delaware Steel Pan Festival.

CAFE has been graciously selected by the Georgetown Chorale to be the beneficiary of their annual joint-fundraising concert!  Read more about the Georgetown Chorale and this wonderful fundraising initiative below!

Service to the Community

Each year the Georgetown Chorale selects a charity to support, and then raises funds for them through concerts and other activities in keeping with our mission to provide Community Service Through Music.

Over the past 20 years, the Chorale has raised more than $165,000 for community groups and supports a $1000 per year young musicians scholarship through the National Association of Pastoral Musician’sDosogne/Rendler-Georgetown Chorale Scholarship.

Some of our local beneficiaries include:

  • Washington Middle School for Girls
  • So Others Might Eat (S.O.M.E.)
  • Mentors, Inc.
  • Martha’s Table
  • Lazarus House
  • Zest, Inc.
  • Georgetown Visitation Monastery Chapel
  • Refugee Voices
  • Our Lady of Victory School Minority Scholarship
  • National Association of Pastoral Musicians Scholarship
  • Garden of Healing at Georgetown University Hospital
  • St. Malachy’s Church in Philadelphia
    To continue its goal of service to the community, and to honor the requests for benefit concerts by various community groups, the Chorale conducts its annual fund raising campaign. We are asking you, our friends and supporters, to help us in this endeavor. Please consider helping us with an on-line donationhere. Thank you for your support!
  • CAFE’s Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra will provide FREE concerts and workshops throughout the summer at various Prince George’s County Public Library Branches.

    Saturday, June 23, at 3:00 pm – Oxon Hill Branch
    Wednesday, June 27, at 1:00 pm – Spauldings (Teen Program)
    Monday, July 2, at 7:00 pm – Beltsville Branch
    Wednesday, July 25, at 2:00 pm – Surratts-Clinton Branch
    Tuesday, July 31, at 10:00 am – Bladensburg Branch
    Tuesday, July 31, at 7:00 pm – Greenbelt Branch (Teen Program)
    Wednesday, August 8, at 7:00 pm – Laurel Branch.

    PVYSO will participate in this great fundraising event for First United Methodist Church of Hyattsville!

    Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra will entertain guests at the Organization of American States, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the independence of Trinidad and Tobago.

    CAFE will hold its 2012-13 Student Orientation and information session.

    Join Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra and the Georgetown Chorale as we bring you: Americana. Come out for an evening of music by great American composers Aaron Copeland, Duke Ellington, Leonard Bernstein, John Philip Sousa, and others!

    Positive Vibrations Performs at the TNI Teen Summit and family fun day.  Dunk tank, moon bounce, great food, fun music, all preceded by an open forum in which teens can discuss their concerns, issues, and ideas with community leaders!

    Join the CAFE family as we celebrate the success of this year’s graduating class.  The celebration will feature the premier performance of “MOVE ON!”, a play written and performed by our talented elementary students, award presentations for our most outstanding writers, artists, and musicians, as well as performances by all of CAFE’s wonderful steel pan ensembles and Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra.

    Positive Vibrations will perform at the Enterprise Estates Community Day on Saturday, June 22nd. The performance will occur at the Don Garris Neighborhood Park located at 11305, Chantilly Lane, Mitchellville, Maryland. The performance will start at 2PM.

    Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra will present a program of patriotic music on Saturday, July 6, 2013 .

    CAFE Learning Center After School Program begins August 19, 2013 at 2:00PM.  There will be a parent orientation on August 19, 2013 at 6:00PM.

    CAFE’s Saturday Academy will open on Saturday, September 7, 2013.  Registration and Orientation will be between 9:30 and 11:30.

    CAFE is pleased to present our annual Holiday Concert featuring a widely varied musical repertoire celebrating the Holiday traditions from around the globe!

    CAFE is excited to offer the following workshops for the Publick Playhouse!
    Jan 23rd Tambourine Workshop for 16 y/o and up:

    CAFE instructors will facilitate a workshop on tambourine performance including:

    Holding and playing techniques
    Relevant musical styles and demonstrations
    (Soca, Brazillian Music, Middle Eastern, and European Music)

    Feb 13 Percussion Workshop I for tots:

    CAFE instructors will lead a workshop that incorporates “found instruments” (pots and pans) and augment it with additional percussion instruments (such as bongos and tambourines).

    May 8 Percussion Workshop II for tots:

    Make & Play: Build a shaker/rattle.  CAFE instructors will provide materials and instruction for building and designing (painting, coloring, etc.) a shaker instrument.  These instruments are used in music all over the world and come in many shapes and sizes.  CAFE instructor will bring in several for demonstration as well.

    CAFE is participating in the Annual National School Choice Week which provides educational organizations across the country an avenue to shine a positive spotlight on what their individual schools are all about. Our OPEN HOUSE will do just that. We invite you to visit CAFE and learn about our academic, music (steel pan ), art curricula. Observe our classes in session to know what takes place during our Saturday Academy. Meet and talk with our directors, students, administrative staff, tutors. Learn about our “After School Program” which provides tutoring, mentoring, dinner Mon-
    day thru Friday.

    CAFE is participating in the Annual National School Choice Week which provides educational organizations across the country an avenue to shine a positive spotlight on what their individual schools are all about. Our OPEN HOUSE will do just that. We invite you to visit CAFE and learn about our academic, music (steel pan ), art curricula. Observe our classes in session to know what takes place during our Saturday Academy. Meet and talk with our directors, students, administrative staff, tutors. Learn about our “After School Program” which provides tutoring, mentoring, dinner Monday through Friday.

    Presented as part of INTERSECTIONS at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Feb 21 – Mar 8, 2014

    Steel Horizons: Expressions of Youth, New music for Steel Band
    With the relative youth of steel band, this instrument family commonly falls into a prescribed position within the broad spectrum of new music. Pigeonholed as “Island Music,” the true capabilities of the instrument are often overshadowed by preconceived notions and widely accepted stereotypes.  We look to present the diversity of expressions the steel band is capable of by mirroring the depth of human emotion. As many consider this the youngest instrument family and steel bands worldwide are overwhelmingly dominated by younger generations, our expressions will be that of youth. Just as a child’s range of expression is a broadly varied and diverse one, so too will be this concert.

    March is National Music in Our Schools Month. Celebrate the joy of music with outstanding young musicians from Prince George’s County, performing vocal and instrumental selections ranging from jazz and show tunes, to World music.   All ages welcome!

    PVYSO presents a concert at the beautiful Harmony Hall.

    MARCH 24th & 25th ON-SITE AT THE PUBLICK PLAYHOUSE: Taught by instructors from the award-winning Cultural Academy for Excellence, students will learn all about percussion instruments – where they come from, how they’re made, how to play them. Children should bring a small pot or pan from home, which will be augmented with traditional percussion instruments in the class. Snack provided. Free on-site parking

    Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra will open the 25th Annual National Service-Learning Conference!

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    MONUMENTAL, co-hosted by YSA (Youth Service America), provides more than workshops and keynote addresses; it is an extension of the classroom, allowing for the youth and adult attendees to be part of something bigger. Both youth and adults gain the tools, resources, ideas, and inspiration to return home to improve their practice, their schools, and their communities. The conference’s multiple day, concurrent session format offers a self-directed, facilitated learning environment with education sessions, discussion groups, and interactive workshops designed specifically for all levels of attendees engaged in service, learning, and youth development, focusing on current and emerging issues, best practices, and the challenges facing us today.

    The conference brings together more than 1,000 attendees from across the United States and many other countries: a mix of innovative teachers who engage their youth in creative, meaningful contributions to society, school administrators who are committed to systematic change, researchers who investigate the direct connection between service-learning and graduation rates, policy-makers who take these messages to the Hill, and young leaders making a positive change throughout the world.