The Young Artists Orchestra of Las Vegas announces new Academy Orchestra for students under 15 years of age

The Young Artists Orchestra of Las Vegas announces new Academy Orchestra for students under 15 years of age
The Las Vegas Young Artists Orchestra
and Music Director, Yunior Lopez, announce auditions for the newly created Academy Orchestra program. 

The Young Artists Orchestra of Las Vegas announces new Academy Orchestra for students under 15 years of age
The Young Artists Orchestra of Las Vegas announces new Academy Orchestra for students under 15 years of age

The orchestra will target students under the age of 15 who show great musical promise and will ultimately become part of our premier group, The Young Artists Orchestra. The program will welcome up to 50 new students who will work alongside internationally recognized guest artists and perform regularly throughout the year. Moreover, the program is completely free.

CCSD orchestra teacher, Kerry Bennett
CCSD orchestra teacher, Kerry Bennett

The Academy Orchestra will be led by longtime CCSD orchestra teacher, Kerry Bennett, who Mr. Lopez has described as a highly respected and dedicated educator who’s not afraid to challenge students and expose them to a variety of styles and genres, which ultimately broaden their view on music.”

Bennett, known as the first middle school orchestra teacher to represent Nevada at the prestigious Midwest Clinic, is a Las Vegas native and has taught well over 2,500 young people within the school district. She recently made her Carnegie Hall and Davies Hall debuts.

The application deadline for the Academy Orchestra is on Friday, April 8, 2016, and auditions will take place on Sunday, April 17. All string students (violin, viola, cello, bass) are encouraged to apply. Musicians up to age 23 interested in the Young Artists Orchestra (strings, winds, brass, and percussion) have until May 15, 2016 to apply with auditions taking place on May 22. Application information can be found online at www.LVYAO.org.