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

The YAO Virtual Initiative is an online program offering a variety of services to Southern Nevada youth during the COVID-19 mandatory quarantine. The program offers students a variety of masterclasses, educational videos, seminars, watch parties, and talks throughout the month of May. Masterclasses and Talks will be available through Zoom, watch parties will hosted on the YAO Facebook Page, and all educational videos will be posted on this page, YouTube, and Facebook channel. All live-online events will be recorded and uploaded to this page, Facebook, and YouTube. The Virtual Initiative will possibly touch on summer programming. Please check back for more details.

We would like to acknowledge with thanks and gratitude the incredible music artists that are participating in this project: Dr. Carmella Cao (flute), Omar Shelly (viola), Mark Fewer (violin), Daniel Hass (cello), Qi Cao (violin), Susan Kim (violin), Moonlight Tran (cello), Brycen Ingersoll (double bass), Vincent Camuglia (clarinet), Jordan Farber (bassoon), Elizabeth Valvano (bassoon), John Seaton (woodwinds/brass), Manuel Gamazo Jr. (percussion), Kerry Bennett (conductor-YAO Academy Orchestra), Yunior Lopez (Founder-YAO).

*Virtual Initiative Programs will roll over into June. We will be hosting additional watch parties throughout June. Check back often for updated videos and schedules.

Masterclasses on Zoom

Zoom ID: 628-859-4864 | Password: YAO2015

Audition Prep | Carmella Cao, flute
Las Vegas Based Flautist

May 1, 2020 | 4:00 pm

Viola Class | Omar Shelly, viola
Las Vegas Based Violist

May 5, 2020 | 4:00 pm

Violin Class | Mark Fewer, violin
University of Toronto, Canada

May 8, 2020 | 2:00 pm

Cello Class | Daniel Hass, cello
New York Based Cellist

May 12, 2020 | 3:00 pm

Audition Prep Class

Viola Masterclass

Cello Masterclass

Violin Masterclass P1

Violin Masterclass P2

Q&A Video

Advice | Goals | Experiences

Alumni Talks

Featured Seminar

Vocalizing with Vincent Camuglia

Advanced Violin Technique Seminar

Choosing Fingerings





Various Bow Techniques 1

Bow Techniques 2

Bow Techniques 3

Educational Videos 

*Videos will be uploaded once received from each artist. Please check back routinely for updates.

Susan Kim, violin/viola
YAO Faculty

Posture & Hold

Left/Right Hand Technique

Sound Production

Moonlight Tran, cello
YAO Faculty

Setting Posture

Left Arm Technique

Bow Arm Technique

Vincent Camuglia, clarinet
Las Vegas Based Clarinetist

Vocalizing: Opening Up Your Tone On The Clarinet

Scales & Arpeggios: “Why Learning Them Helps You Become a True Musician”

Developing a Productive Practice Routine

Jordan Farber, bassoon
YAO Alumni / The Colburn School


Liz Valvano, bassoon
Las Vegas Based Bassoonist

Warm-up Routines

Reed-making Seminar

John Seaton, woodwinds/brass
Las Vegas Vegas Academy /
YAO Faculty

Drone Tuning

Chunking Passages