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

A world class faculty of musicians with backgrounds from some of the best schools in the world including Juilliard, The Royal Conservatory, Eastman, San Francisco Conservatory, and more. The YAO faculty maintains an active career on a local, national, and international scale as performers, recording artists, and educators.

Yunior Lopez

Music Director
Founding Executive & Music Director

Kerry Bennett

Conductor, YAO Academy Orchestra & Thurman White Academy of the Performing Arts

Yuri Cho


A versatile violinist, Ms. Yuri Cho gave her first performance at age 10 at the winner’s concert of Korean Newspaper…

Susan Kim


Korean-American violinist and pedagogue, Susan J. Kim, studied with Sally Thomas and Joel Smirnoff at The Juilliard School, where she…

Omar Shelly


Violist Omar Shelly studied at San Francisco Conservatory of Music and The Orchestra Now at Bard College. He picked up the…

Andy Smith


Cellist Andrew Smith is an Associate Professor of music at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the Principal Cellist…

Moonlight Tran


Moonlight Tran received her Bachelor of Music, Cello Performance from the University Of Southern California’s Thornton School Of Music. Her…

Brycen Ingersoll

Double Bass

Las Vegas native, Brycen Ingersoll, is quickly becoming a rising star in the double bass world. At the age of…

Manuel Gamazo Jr.

Percussion & Timpani
Director of YAO Percussion Ensemble