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Welcome to the Auditions Page for the Young Artists Orchestra and the Carol Jackson Concerto Competition. Please start your application by using the left hand column.

The Young Artists Orchestra Program

The Dr. Shirley Linzy Young Artists Orchestra of Las Vegas is the only tuition-free and premier youth orchestra program in the State of Nevada. Young musicians ages 8-22 can audition for and join the Academy Orchestra (string orchestra for students up to age 18), the YAO Symphony (advanced students up to age 22), and the newly created Percussion Ensemble (students up to age 22). Musicians accepted into the program will be on full-scholarship, perform regularly in our concert season, take part in masterclasses, work alongside nationally/internationally recognized artists, and have access to high quality instruments from our instrument bank. 

Students auditioning must play an excerpt of a solo of their choice (between 1-2 minutes) and the required excerpts for their instrument. Video auditions must an introduction with student name, age, school, how long they've played their instrument, and why they want to join the YAO.
Application Deadline (Video Auditions): OPEN UNTIL ALL SPOTS ARE FILLED (see below)

Academy Violins: 4 Spots
Academy Viola: 1 Spot
Academy Double Bass: 3 Spots
Symphony Violin: 2 Spots
Symphony Viola: 1 Spot
Symphony Trumpet: 1 Spot
Symphony Percussion: 1 Spot

**Due to COVID-19, the YAO will only accept video auditions. If you play percussion, then submit an application for live audition. We will then schedule you for a live audition this summer.

Required Excerpts: https://lvyao.org/excerpts/
Application Fee: $50 
Fee Waivers: Applicants who cannot afford the application fee or are on free/reduced lunch at school can request a fee waiver by sending an email to YAOrchestra@gmail.com

Audition Location: 3661 S. Maryland Parkway (next to the Adelson Clinic) 

Frequently Asked Questions: Please visit our Audition Overview page for information on rehearsals and the audition process. https://lvyao.org/audition-overview/

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