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

The YAO Instrument Bank is an instrument loan program that allows young artists to benefit from the use of high-quality instruments that otherwise would not be available to them. Instruments in the YAO Instrument Bank range from fine student level stringed instruments to high quality bows. The goal of this program is to unite YAO students with high quality instruments that encourages their growth as musicians and enables them to reach their full potential. The YAO does not provide support for the private purchase of instruments.


  • Students must be a current YAO student in either the Academy or Symphony programs
  • Students must be at least 13 years of age
  • Students must have complete support from their parent/guardian and are responsible for instrument care, maintenance, and insurance by reimbursing the YAO for their current policy

Current Instruments

  • (10) High Quality Professional Violins
  • (4) High Quality Professional Violas and (1) Student Viola
  • (1) High Quality Professional Cello and (1) Professional Cello Bow
Kelsea Au, violin - YAO Alumni (2015-17)
The 2019 Instrument Bank Recipients

Application Deadline: May 17, 2021

Another round for available and/or newly acquired instruments will open up later in the summer. Please check back soon for more information.

Instrument Bank Application
Whether or not a student has a private teacher will not affect his or her audition.
Students must state their name, age, grade, and how long they've played their instrument. In addition, students must play a piece of their choice that best demonstrates their ability. The piece or excerpt of a piece can be as short as 2 minutes or no more than 10 minutes. Students may submit recordings that are longer than 10 minutes, but the panel will only review up to 5 minutes of the video. Please record at least 5 feet away from your camera/phone. Cellular phone recordings are acceptable.
Applicant acknowledges they are a current student of the YAO Academy or Symphony program, and are at least 13 years of age. If student is younger than 13, then they must receive approval from their program director to apply. Parents/Guardians acknowledge their commitment and responsibility if student is selected as an instrument recipient. Such commitments include care, maintenance, and complete responsibility of instrument, including reimbursing YAO for instrument insurance costs. Parents must attend the audition, which include an interview with members of the YAO board.