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The Dr. Shirley Linzy Young Artists Orchestra of Las Vegas | Yunior Lopez, Founder

Along with our COVID-19 Safety Procedures outlined below, YAO is doing everything possible to provide our  services in a safe environment.

2021/22 Season Safety Measures

The health and safety of the YAO community, comprised of students, families, faculty, and staff, are of the greatest importance to the YAO. This season YAO will hold 2021/2022 activities in-person in accordance with governmental regulations. We are hoping to run our weekly programs, concerts, and events, without interference from COVID-19. With that in mind, in order to keep everyone safe during in-person activities, we are asking our community members to abide by the following information listed below. The YAO will continue to rely on the most up-to-date medical information available and governmental guidance to make informed decisions about our safety measures.

Vaccination & COVID-19 waiver Information

For your child’s protection and the protection of the YAO community, many of whom are unable to get vaccinated due to age, we strongly encourage students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated. The COVID-19 pandemic is a safety issue in and outside of YAO. The current spread of the delta variant is something we continue to monitor, and will adhere to governmental guidelines & procedures. With that said, masks are required when attending YAO activities regardless of vaccination status. In addition, all students & parents must sign the COVID-19 waiver that’s included alongside the required participation, medical, and media forms.

Mask Information

Students are required to wear masks when entering the YAO rehearsal space. Masks must wrap around ears and be on throughout the duration of rehearsal. Bandannas or cloth covers will not be allowed. YAO will also provide disposable surgical masks in case students forget to bring their own to rehearsal.

Wind & brass students can wear a face shield, and are advised to reconfigure their masks so that they stay on during rehearsal. Students may reposition masks below the chin when they are playing, but must keep mouth & nose covered during long period rests. Currently, there are several companies producing masks & bell covers for musicians (see below). We can take orders for students as they are currently only available to schools & non-profits. Each mask is $10.

*Woodwind & Brass players are encouraged to read and watch the videos listed under “COVID Orchestra Safety Studies.” 

MusicMask: https://dancesoph.com/pages/music-mask

United Sound Masks for Woodwinds/Brass: https://shop.pepwear.com/grey-united-sound-musician-mask/

Safety Guidelines

  • We ask students to take your temperature and self-evaluate any and all signs of illness in accordance with the latest CDC guidelines before coming to YAO events. If you are feeling ill and/or exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms, stay home and notify Yunior Lopez by sending an email to yaorchestra@gmail.com. Please note that if you arrive to YAO activities with a temperature over 100 degrees, you will be sent home.
  • If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, stay home and notify Yunior Lopez. Prior to returning to YAO activities, you must submit a doctor’s note stating that you are negative and without symptoms.
  • If you have been exposed to COVID-19, self-quarantine as suggested by the CDC. YAO recommends getting a PCR test prior to returning to activities in case you are asymptomatic.
  • If traveling, follow state and local guidelines.

Spit Valve Instruments

Instruments with spit valves such as Horns, Trombones, and Trumpets should use paper towels and practice proper etiquette when cleaning their valves. YAO will have paper towels available, and will also have disinfecting wipes to clean each station.

Room Cleaning

The YAO rehearsal space will be cleaned before and after each rehearsal time block. YAO has large amounts of hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, and cleaning supplies to keep the facility clean & safe. If parents want to provide students with additional supplies, then please do so. Feel free to send us an email if you have any questions or concerns.

COVID Orchestra Safety Studies

Vienna Philharmonic Study

Woodwind & Brass Safety During COVID (VIDEO)

Trumpet Air Projection Vs Speaking (VIDEO)

FALL 2021 FAQs

Where does YAO rehearse?

YAO rehearses at Maryland Square: 3661 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89169 (next to the Adelson Clinic)

Will rehearsals be available online? Can I attend online instead of in person?

At this time we are planning to hold in-person activities only. Unfortunately, the online option is not available at this time.

I know you are currently planning on having in-person rehearsals. Could they be canceled?

If public health conditions do not allow in-person rehearsals, everyone will participate online. Our ability to rehearse and perform will be affected by public health conditions, guidance from state and local government, and the status of local universities and school districts. Circumstances can change quickly during this pandemic and YAO will be ready to adapt. In every decision we make, we will prioritize the health and safety of YAO musicians and families.

What COVID-19 safety measures are YAO implementing for rehearsals?

We will follow all available guidelines to keep our facility clean & students safe. We are also implementing the following measures:

  • If a musician shows any symptoms of any virus, please do not attend in-person YAO rehearsals. 

  • Nonessential visitors, volunteers, participants, and staff will be limited as possible inside rehearsal spaces. Parents, family, and friends of YAO musicians are asked to remain outside the rehearsal spaces to limit foot traffic and and capacity. Parents may submit a specific request if their child needs extra assistance or is of a young Ange (7 and under). Drop-off and pick-up times will be no-contact events. Due to the expected heavy traffic of these events, please do not linger longer than is necessary to pick-up or drop-off your musician(s).


Phone: 702-907-4486
*Texts & Calls

Yunior Lopez
YAO Executive & Music Director
Cell: 786-458-6984
Email: YAOrchestra@gmail.com

Melissa Rios
YAO Executive Assistant
*Maternity Leave September 21, 2020*

Cell: 702-907-4486
Email: Melissa.lvyao@gmail.com

Kerry Bennett
Academy Orchestra Conductor
Cell: 702-542-4961
Email: Kerrydeebennett@gmail.com

Manny Gamazo
Percussion Ensemble Director
Cell: 702-326-5850
Email: MannyGamazo@me.com