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The Dr. Shirley Linzy Young Artists Orchestra of Las Vegas - Yunior Lopez, Founder & Music Director

Playing in the YAO for two years has not only enhanced my personal playing ability, but has exposed me to many wonderful and talented musicians throughout the city. The difficulty of music in the orchestra also pushed me to adjust to the pace and demand of college auditions and performances. The welcoming community created by my fellow Young Artists helped foster my own passion for music, leading me to continue my music career through college and encourage others to discover the joys of the music world. Overall, my time with the YAO has helped me grow as a musician and guided me on my daunting search for an inevitable college major. -Devin Lopez, cello (2016-2018)

The Young Artists Orchestra gave me opportunities that no other music programs have offered me. The high level of music performed, challenged us and pushed us to the next level of musicianship. I performed and interacted with many professional musicians as well as showcased myself in front of an audience. There was never a time where I felt like I wasn’t progressing as a musician; there was always something new to learn. -Joshua Riel, double bass (2015-2018)

I was fortunate enough to be able to perform with the Young Artist Orchestra of Las Vegas for two seasons and I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to perform outstanding literature alongside some of the best young musicians in Las Vegas and with amazing world class musicians. The amount of growth I’ve seen from this organization is astonishing. I look forward to see the organization continue to flourish and provide the students of Las Vegas with an exceptional, incomparable musical experience. -Anthony Alcain, flute (2016-2018)

YAO was a fun, challenging, and professional program I am happy to have been a member of. Musical Director, Yunior Lopez, is a wonderful conductor and mentor. The repertoire chosen by him is always interesting. Being in YAO, I have gained many professional working relationships that have lead to new gig opportunities that I was able to pursue while in the orchestra as well as after having graduated from it. Overall my experience in YAO was a very good one and I am excited to see what they will do next! -Alexandria Pritchard, violin (2016-2018)


Kelsea Au – Indiana University
Erika Dalton – University of Michigan
Alexandria Pritchard – Hunter College/UNLV
Yestyn Griffith – UNLV
Amy Won Na – UNLV
Arturo Hernandez – UNLV
Waverly Tingle – UNLV
Angelica Clemente – UNLV
Katrina Pinili – UNLV
Justin Lopez – UNLV
Grace Kang – Yale Univ.
Angelica Padilla – CSN
Thomas Kyong – School?
Daniel Kyong – School?


Steven Glover – Univ. Nevada Reno
Ian Parvin – Utah State Univ.
Chris Baltazar – Univ. of Seattle
Orei Odents – UNLV
Daja Robinson – School?


Devon Zubka – Indiana University
Devin Lopez – Chapman University
Ryan Tingle – UNLV
Matthew Lazeroff – UNLV
Olivia Knock – Univ. Nevada Reno
Arleti Nunez – CSN

Double Bass

Diego Suarez – Southern Utah Univ.
Josh Riel – UNLV
Michael Torres – The Colburn School
Jimmy Cisneros – UNLV
Trey Lawrence – UNLV
Daniel Skurski – UNLV


Anthony Alcain – California State Fullerton
Alana Bronson – Univ. Nevada Reno
Jacob Cannon – UNLV


Emma Cornelius – DePauw University
Marisa Davidson – UNLV
Alysia Bosnos – UNLV


Ivan Ferguson – San Francisco Conservatory
Jay Savoy – UNLV
Ethan Blankfeld – UNLV
Katelyn Keeley – CalState Northridge


Hannah Murawsky (BSN) – Univ. Oregon


MarcAnthony Decoy – University of Denver
Jeremy Kaminsky – CSN


Joshua Camper – Vanderbilt University
Matthew Wright – UNLV
Bronson Pasual – UNLV


Andrew Deibel – DePaul University
Matthew Miles – School?
Chandler Cison – UNLV
Allan Quan – UNLV