YOUTH STEEL ORCHESTRA (PVYSO)
The Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra (PVYSO) has been sharing its melodies nationally and internationally since 1996. The orchestra was started in the suburban basement of founder Lorna Green with 14 students and some steel pans. At the end of two weeks the group had completed the “Star Spangled Banner” and performed the piece for the Olympic torch ceremony passing through Largo, MD. Within a year the group relocated to Hyattsville, MD and the rest is history.
This group of energetic young performers has toured nationally and internationally, including performances in Dakar, Senegal; Ontario, Canada, Chicago, IL, and New Haven, CT.
Notable venues include the Kennedy Center, The Zora Neale Hurston Festival, The Virginia Beach Panorama Festival (grand champions 2006 and 2007) and countless other public and private performances. The young entertainers have performed with world renowned musicians including steelpan virtuosos Liam Teague, Robert Greenidge, Andy Narell, saxophonist Arturo Tappin, and Grammy nominated trumpeter, Ettiene Charles.
The orchestra is comprised of 25-30 students, ranging in age from 8-18, who attend the Saturday Academy hosted by the Cultural Academy for Excellence. At the academy students study music theory and practical steelpan pieces, as well as learn a wide variety of music arranged by the academy’s highly credentialed instructors.
Over the years PVYSO has had the pleasure of having over 500 students grace its instruments. Arguably one of the best steel orchestra’s in the Mid-Atlantic region, they also proudly state that their parent organization, CAFE is “one of the best charities of the Greater Washington region” – Catalogue for Philanthropy 2007-2008.