Prince George's Coalition for Young Artists
The Prince George’s Coalition for Young Artists (PGCYA)  is a 501c3 organization that supports the young artists from all over Prince George’s County attending Suitland High School Center for the Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). PGCYA serves as a fundraising arm that allows sponsors and donors to receive tax benefits for their support. The focus of the organization is to assist in making Suitland High School a premier school of the arts and provide the young artists who participate in the CVPA program with high visibility and resources to help them excel.

Currently, we have partnered with Steinway Pianos and our focus program thrust is for Suitland High School to become an “All Steinway School”, making Suitland the first public high school in the country to achieve recognition. Our goal is to raise $250,000 to fund the purchase and maintenance of three Steinway pianos.

Upon this accomplishment, our focus will be to establish a summer institute and college scholarship funds and sponsor artist/celebrity master classes.

Center for the Visual & Performing Arts ( Suitland High School)

The Suitland High School Chamber and Concert Choirs are part of Prince George’s County’s Center for the Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) of Suitland High School. The conservatory-style Visual and Performing Arts program features an audition-based admission process, private voice or piano lessons, three hours of music theory and three to six hours of performance ensembles each week.

The students are exposed to a diverse variety of music and perform in a variety of venues.  Visual and Performing Arts students are frequently sought after to perform in the Greater Washington D.C. area at the federal, state, and local levels. The CVPA program prides itself on working collaboratively with professional musicians each year on our Master Works Series. The students of the program have performed choral works with professional orchestras such as Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, and Poulenc’s Gloria.

Since 2008 the students from the Visual and Performing Arts program have support nationally renowned celebrities such as Darius Rucker, Straight No Chaser, Usher, Mary J. Blige, Justin Bieber, Diana Ross, Demi Lovato, Janelle Monae, and Hugh Jackman in Turner Network Television annual Christmas in Washington holiday television special. In January of 2009 our students sang back up for Pete Seeger, Beyonce Knowles, and Garth Brooks at the inauguration of President Obama on the steps of the Lincoln memorial.

Suitland’s Visual and Performing Arts program has received top ratings at numerous county and state festivals, and has received first place at a national high school choral competition in San Francisco, California, and first place at the National Invitational Choral Festival in New York City in 2007. Graduates of  CVPA have won prestigious scholarship competitions such as the Ebony Classical Music Society, the New York Opera Society competition, and  have been accepted to Juilliard, the Hartt School of Music, Shenandoah Conservatory, Carnegie Mellon, Purdue University and other nationally renowned colleges.