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LVYAO announces new Academy Orchestra for students under age 15

The Young Artists Orchestra of Las Vegas announces new Academy Orchestra for students under 15 years of age.

The Academy Orchestra will bring together talented musicians that are not yet ready for our Young Artists Orchestra program, but will develop the necessary skills needed for future entrance.


LAS VEGAS (February 25, 2016)- The Las Vegas Young Artists Orchestra and Music Director, Yunior Lopez, announce auditions for the newly created Academy Orchestra program. The orchestra will target students under the age of 15 who show great musical promise and will ultimately become part of our premier Young Artists Orchestra. The program will welcome up to 50 new students who will work alongside internationally recognized guest artists and perform regularly throughout the year. Moreover, the program is completely free.

The Academy Orchestra will be led by longtime CCSD orchestra teacher, Kerry Bennett, who Mr. Lopez has described as “a highly respected and dedicated educator who’s not afraid to challenge students and expose them to a variety of styles and genres, which ultimately broaden their view on music.” Bennett, known as the first middle school orchestra teacher to represent Nevada at the prestigious Midwest Clinic, is a Las Vegas native and has taught well over 2,500 young people within the school district. She recently made her Carnegie Hall and Davies Hall debuts.

The application deadline for the Academy Orchestra is on Friday, April 8, 2016, and auditions will take place on Sunday, April 17. All string students (violin, viola, cello, bass) are encouraged to apply. Musicians up to age 23 interested in the Young Artists Orchestra (strings, winds, brass, and percussion) have until May 15, 2016 to apply with auditions taking place on May 22. Application information can be found online at www.LVYAO.org.


About Kerry Bennett

Kerry Bennett, a native of Las Vegas, began her career as an educator for the Clark County School District. Since then, she has taught strings to well over 2,500 young people, and piloted the orchestra programs at two performing arts magnet schools within the school district. An educator with a strong vision and passion for classical music, Ms. Bennett became the first middle school orchestra teacher to represent Nevada at the prestigious Midwest Clinic, as well as the American String Teachers Association National Conference. Soon after, the American String Teachers Association named Kerry Bennett as “Classroom Teacher of the Year” in Clark County. As a conductor, Kerry Bennett has led the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra, and has been a preparatory conductor for the CCSD Honor Orchestra, as well as chairing the Middle School Honor Orchestra program for the last four years. Recently, Kerry conducted her middle school orchestras in Carnegie Hall in New York City, and Davies Hall in San Francisco. Kerry Bennett was recently named conductor of the Academy Orchestra program of the Las Vegas Young Artists Orchestra – the only tuition-free youth orchestra program in Las Vegas.


About the Las Vegas Young Artists Orchestra

The Las Vegas Young Artists Orchestra, also known as the Young Artists Orchestra (YAO), is a professional training youth orchestra based out of Las Vegas, NV. Led by Music Director, Yunior Lopez, the orchestra unites the most talented young musicians up to age 22, who bring their creativity and exceptional musicality to over 10 concerts and events annually. Founded on the basis of educating and promoting young musicians, the Young Artists Orchestra is fully dedicated to the artistic, personal, and professional development of outstanding instrumentalists. Through a wide range of performance and instructional activities, the Young Artists Orchestra seeks to develop the skills and qualifications required of twenty-first century musicians. Under the Artistic and Musical direction of Yunior Lopez, the program offers detailed exposure to traditional and modern orchestral repertoire, collaborations with internationally recognized guest artists, in addition to its unique chamber music program. Moreover, it’s one of the few tuition-free youth orchestra programs in the United States. The 2015/16 concert season presents some of the best classical music Las Vegas has to offer. Performing at a professional level, the Young Artists Orchestra will venture into the works of Bach, Handel, Mahler, Mozart, and Piazzolla, in addition to new works by Bryce Dessner, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, David Balakrishnan, and Osvaldo Golijov, some of which have been popularized by the Kronos and Turtle Island Quartets. The 2015/16 Season programs are made possible through the hard work of our family, friends, and sponsors. Please visit our Sponsors Page to view our supporters.


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