With its sophisticated programming, professional music series, superb musical leadership under Music Director Yunior Lopez, and professional level community, The Dr. Shirley Linzy Young Artists Orchestra of Las Vegas sets itself apart as one of the finest music programs in the nation. The after-school orchestra program is the only tuition-free and premier youth orchestra program in the state of Nevada. The program is currently composed of the YAO Symphony featuring a full symphony of 70+ students & young professionals, up to the age of 22, the YAO Academy a string orchestra of 50+ students up to age 18, and the YAO Chamber Orchestra featuring a side-by-side collaboration of current students, alumni, and local professionals. The YAO Symphony & Chamber Orchestra’s are directed by YAO Founder, Yunior Lopez. The YAO Academy Orchestra is directed by Kerry Bennett.
The orchestra program unites the most talented young musicians who bring their creativity and exceptional musicality to over 15 concerts and events per season. Since 2015, the YAO has showcased over 100 concerts and events in the Las Vegas community making it one of the largest presenters of music education programming in Nevada. Our youth partake in masterclasses, workshops, and perform high quality concerts in a variety of disciplines and styles while experiencing, performing with professional guest artists from around the globe. In 2019, the program expanded its offering with the YAO Instrument Bank. The Bank allows current YAO students to use high quality professional instruments for the duration of 1 year. The YAO Instrument Bank is made possible through the generosity of several private donors.
The YAO was voted Best of Las Vegas | Arts & Culture Event in 2020 and 2022 for its unique and adventurous presentations.
- Advanced Students ages 13-22
- Full Symphony Orchestra
- String, Wind, Brass, & Percussion Students
- Professional Repertoire & Renowned Guest Artists
- Entrance by Audition
- Students Ages 8-18
- String Orchestra and occasional Symphony
- String Players: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass
- Advanced Repertoire & Renowned Guest Artists
- Entrance by Audition
- Current Students, Alumni, and Local Professionals
- Chamber Orchestra & Symphony
- Professional Repertoire & Guest Artists
- Rehearses the week of performance
- The Chamber Orchestra Membership is by Invite Only