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The Dr. Shirley Linzy Young Artists Orchestra of Las Vegas - Yunior Lopez, Founder & Music Director
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01may4:00 pmAudition Prep Class - Dr. Carmella CaoFree Zoom Event

05may4:00 pmViola Masterclass - Omar ShellyFree Zoom Event

08may2:00 pmViolin Masterclass - Mark FewerFree Zoom Event

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12may3:00 pmCello Masterclass - Daniel HassFree Zoom Event

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Dear YAO Family,

I’d like to update you on how the current pandemic has and will affect YAO for the remainder of the season. Since the governor asked that all schools close, we will be cancelling rehearsals until further notice. As some of you are aware, the Smith Center cancelled all events until March 31. With that said, it looks like we will have to move The Music of Harry Potter to next season. All other live events have been cancelled. We will keep you informed, and hope for the best. Because of our tuition-free status we rely heavily on ticket sales and donations. We ask that patrons not ask the Smith Center for a refund and wait to see what happens.

Please note that the current situation will not affect auditions for the 2020/21 Season. Since 2019, we’ve offered the possibility of auditioning via video, and we will continue to offer that service until the end of May via our platform at Additionally, we have begun efforts to create a Virtual Initiative to keep students engaged during these times. The Initiative will cover a variety of activities including online masterclasses via Zoom, technique videos, seminars, and general college/professional talks by our alumni.

In the meantime, we thank you for being such great supporters of the YAO. We will get through this difficult time and look forward to once again enriching our community with the incredible talent, passion, and dedication from our young artists.


Yunior Lopez
Founding Executive & Music Director

April 1, 2020


“The advancement and success of our students are tied directly with our mission & goal. We strongly believe that music education creates a path that allows students to reach maximum potential, in turn, creates outstanding citizens bettering our community. Lastly, the success and longevity of our program will extend a trend that through time would evolve into a tradition of fine arts, and cultural awareness within Southern Nevada.”

Yunior Lopez
Founder & Executive Director


The Dr. Shirley Linzy Young Artists Orchestra of Las Vegas, also known as The Young Artists Orchestra, is a Las Vegas Youth Orchestra program dedicated to advancing, educating, and promoting young musicians. As the only tuition-free and professional training program in the State of Nevada, the YAO has been recognized for it’s year long concert season featuring world renowned guest artists, masterclasses, and events. The organization is one of the few in Las Vegas that present high quality classical music concerts with over 15 performances and events per season. The orchestra was founded by Executive and Music Director, Yunior Lopez, and is governed by a board of directors. In 2017, the orchestra paid homage to one of its biggest supporters by renaming the organization after the late Dr. Shirley Linzy. Since its founding YAO has been responsible for bringing renowned musicians to the city of Las Vegas. Past guest artists include violist Steven Dann (professor of the Royal Conservatory of Music and former Principal Viola of the Royal Concertgebouw), Daniel Hass (Israeli-born solo cellist), Roberto Occhipinti (veteran jazz performer, producer, and educator), and Stanislav Pronin (violin virtuoso and 1st Concertmaster of the Aarhus Symphony), to name a few. Moreover, the program hosts up to 10 masterclasses per season. The LVYAO is proud to feature high quality classical music concerts in Las Vegas. We are a Las Vegas Youth Orchestra program. Auditions for our orchestra programs are now open year round for available positions. The yearly audition period for all students takes place in April and May of each year. Please visit the YAO Auditions Page to join the YAO Symphony for students aged 22 and under or the Academy Orchestra for students 16 years old and under. Accepted candidates will receive free-tuition, work alongside nationally and internationally recognized artists, and take part in masterclasses, lessons, and many other events.
The Young Artists Orchestra 2017/18 Season is sponsored in part by the Adelson Clinic, the Adelson Family Foundation, The Rea Charitable Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, Desert Strings, Violin Outlet, and individual donors. Orchestra in las Vegas. Youth Orchestra in Las Vegas. Las Vegas Youth Orchestra. Performing Arts.
Our government sponsors include The National Endowment of the Arts and the Nevada Arts Council.