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

The Dr. Shirley Linzy Young Artists Orchestra of Las Vegas is the premier music youth program in the State of Nevada. The program is home to over 130 music students who play string, wind, brass, and percussive instruments. Under the leadership of its Founder & Music Director Yunior Lopez, the Young Artists Orchestra presents over 15 concerts & events per season. In addition, students collaborate and perform alongside nationally and world renowned guest artists. Past featured soloists include International violist Steven Dann, bassist Roberto Occhipinti, violinists Stanislav Pronin and Qi Cao, flutist Jennifer Grim, and pianist Benjamin Smith, to name a few. Auditions are held every April and May. Students may have the chance to join through mid year auditions in December if select spots are available.

Please check the audition section of our website for application information, fee requirements, and audition dates. After you’ve applied, then please visit the excerpts page for audition music.

Each season the orchestra performs in a variety of orchestral and unique collaborative performances. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with featured guest artists in a chamber and/or orchestral like setting. Additional and optional concerts include student recitals and private events.

The YAO Academy rehearses on Thursday’s from 4:30 – 7 PM and the YAO Symphony rehearses on Friday’s from 4:30 PM – 7 PM. Both groups rehearse at the YAO Space at Maryland Square – 3661 S. Maryland Parkway across the Boulevard Mall.

Sectional rehearsals are held once per concert cycle and are led by some of Las Vegas’ top professionals including violinists Yuri Cho and Susan Kim, violists Yunior Lopez and Omar Shelly, cellists Andy Smith and Moonlight Tran, bassist Brycen Ingersoll, and wind/brass coach, John Seaton.

Can I send a video for my audition?
YES! Students may choose to send in a video audition. Please select the video audition tab at the end of your application and upload your video. Be sure to include 1-2 minutes of a solo and the required excerpts.

If I audition for the Symphony and do not qualify can I still join the Academy?
Students who do not qualify for the Symphony group may be offered entrance into the Academy Orchestra. In the past many students have started in the Academy and entered the Symphony within 1-3 audition attempts. If you do not get into the Symphony, then you might be offered a spot in the Academy.

What is the attendance policy?
Students are allowed to miss rehearsals for sickness, emergencies, conflicting school events, and/or family matters. All excuses have to be made in writing via email to the YAO. Students may also miss up to (1) concert cycle per season upon approval of the directors. If students play a woodwind instrument, then students must find their own substitute (if needed).

What is the commitment policy?
Students are expected to commit to the program for the entire season. All conflicting school events will be excused. Students who have multiple unexcused absences will be dismissed from the program and could be liable for a tuition rate of $500. The YAO is a free-tuition program based on commitment and full participation. Students must abide by attendance and commitment policies to keep their tuition-free status.


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