Las Cruces Youth Orchestra and Choirs

Simón Gollo

Founder & Artistic Director

Selected as the recipient of a Spring 2021 College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Faculty Achievement in Scholarship, New Mexico State University. Simon Gollo is recognized as a multifaceted and charismatic musician who enjoys a successful, international, career as a soloist, chamber musician, and conductor. Simón Gollo is a recording artist for the international recording label IBS Classical. He is represented, alongside the Reverón Piano Trio, by HALAC Artists and Meluk KulturManagement.


Simon Gollo is a committed music educator for New Mexico State University. Several of his students have been awarded the following awards: The Jackie McGehee Young Artists’ Competition, sponsored by the Music Guild of New Mexico; Outstanding Graduate Award 2020; Theodore Presser Scholarship 2020; Concerto Competition winners at NMSU in 2019 and 2020. Several of his students have perform on several occasions in the Fall Honors Recital, from 2015 trough 2020.


Appointed conductor of the New Mexico State University Philharmonic in 2016, Simón Gollo has experienced extraordinary growth in this facet of his career that has not gone unnoticed. He has received numerous invitations to conduct both youth and professional orchestras through the United States, China, Mexico, El Salvador, Colombia and Brazil. The NMSU Phil is a vibrant orchestra made up of NMSU students regularly collaborating with international soloists; programing side by sides concerts, like Music Beyond Borders and in 2022, the NMSU PHIL will begin featuring an opera project at NMSU. Simon Gollo is the founder of Las Cruces Youth Orchestras, a preparatory program of the NMSU music department. The Las Cruces Youth Orchestras seeks to promote music as part of the cultural development in Las Cruces New Mexico, and the border region. Inspired by the philosophy of El Sistema; LCYO envisions social change through music that reaches young people with the fewest resources and the greatest need in its culturally rich communities.


Simón Gollo has appeared on countless stages across Europe, Asia, and the American continent from Canada to Chile. His long career has led him to perform at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall (New York), Cadogan Hall (London), the 92nd Street Y’s Kaufmann Concert Hall (New York), the National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), Bolívar Hall (London), the Teatro Teresa Carreño (Caracas), the Auditorio Blas Galindo (Mexico City), the Auditorio Manuel de Falla (Granada), and the Teatro Mayor (Bogotá), and for renowned organizations such as the BBC Proms Festival, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and the Chamber Music Society of Detroit. He has collaborated in these performances with international figures such as Alessio Bax, Ricardo Morales, Dmitri Berlinsky, Monique Duphil, Edicson Ruiz, Paul Rosenthal, John Novacek, Alissa Margulis, Jakob Koranyi, Miguel da Silva (Ysaÿe Quartet), Richard Young (Vermeer Quartet), Randolph Kelly, and the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, among many others.


Simón Gollo is a recording artist for the international recording label IBS Classical.


Simon  Gollo Web Page

Ida M. Holguin

Choir Director

Ida M. Holguin is going into her fifteenth year of teaching and holds both her B.A. and Master’s in Vocal Performance from New Mexico State University. She has been an active advocate for music education in New Mexico for years, serving as the President for the New Mexico American Choral Director’s Association from 2012-2015, Choral Vice President for the Southwest New Mexico Music Educator’s Association from 2012-2014, and is the current Choral Vice Present for the New Mexico Music Educator’s Association. She has taught the middle school, high school, and collegiate levels, both as a private voice teacher and choral director.


Ms. Holguin’s choirs regularly receive superior ratings at all festivals and competitions they participate in, including two gold ratings at the World Strides Heritage Festival in Hollywood, California in 2016, and a gold and silver rating at the World Strides Festival in Anaheim, California in 2017, earning them both first and second place respectively at both competitions. Ms. Holguin always has several students selected for the NMMEA All-State Choirs, and continually has honors soloists selected for the SWNMMEA Solo and Ensemble Festival. Ms. Holguin also conducted the Las Cruces community choir Singing Out from 2012-2016 and is the current choral director of choirs at Peace Lutheran Church.


In performance, Ms. Holguin performed often with Doña Ana Lyric Opera for years. Her roles with the company included chorus roles in Don Giovanni, Marriage of Figaro, and Annie, and also lead roles such as Gianetta in The Gondoliers, Josephine in HMS Pinafore, Kate in Kiss me Kate, Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, and the Witch in Beautiful Princess Available for Rescue (premiere in 2004).  She also performed the role of Fred’s Wife in A Christmas Carol and Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical the Musical with the American Southwest Theater Company. Her most recent role was with the opera workshop class during her graduate work as Monica in The Medium.


In her free time, Ms. Holguin enjoys hiking with her dog, and training for various races. She will be completing her first full marathon this October, and her first half Ironman Triathlon in June of 2022.

Born and raised i n Las Cruces, NM, Julio Campos began his dedicated musical studies at age 17. He earned a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Music – Performance from New Mexico State University, under the guidance of Jorge Martinez-Rios and other members of the La Catrina String Quartet. Julio plays with various ensembles i n the surrounding areas, and before COVID was performing with the Classical Music Institute i n San Antonio, TX. In the Fall 2020 semester, Julio taught viola as an adjunct faculty at New Mexico State University. Additionally, Julio works for the Tocando Music Project, an organization i n El Paso that provides instruments and free music education to underserved children. In 2019, Julio made his solo debut, playing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the New Horizons Symphony Orchestra. Julio is the principal violist of Camerata del Sol and participates i n nearly all their engagements.

Julio Campos

Viola & Conductor, Operations Manager

Carlos Eduardo Orta Orozco

Assistant Conductor

Carlos Eduardo Orta Orozco is a musician originally from El Paso, Texas and raised in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. He began his musical studies with the piano at the age of 11. At 13, he started taking violin lessons and a year later, he joined the Esperanza Azteca Ciudad Juárez Symphony Orchestra in its first edition. He attended high school at Coronado High School, joining its orchestra of national and international reputation.


At 16, Eduardo auditioned and entered the Mexican Youth Symphony Orchestra (OSIM) through a national call, being selected as one of the 120 young musicians in the country to give a national tour in various states of the mexican republic. He remained playing for the OSIM for two years until he came of age, finishing the 2015 tour at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. In 2016, he made his debut as a pianist with the University of Ciudad Juarez (UACJ) student orchestra, performing Mozart’s piano concerto No. 21 under the baton of Maestro Guillermo Quezada Novela.


Eduardo has maintained a career participating in festivals, orchestral meetings, and concerts with orchestras throughout Mexico and the United States. These musical experiences include the International Youth Orchestras Encounter in Toluca where he played under the baton of famous composer Arturo Marquez, the Symphonic Orchestra Encounter in Tlaxcala, Musica en Armonia in Mexico City, the All-Region Orchestra of El Paso, the Gilbert and Sullivan Society Orchestra in El Paso, the Aruba Symphony Festival in Aruba, online Master Classes on orchestral conducting taught by the Conservatorio de las Rosas in Morelia, and soon the Collaborative Piano Summer Institute in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


Eduardo is currently studying his last semester of his bachelor’s degree in music education with an emphasis on string instruments at New Mexico State University and is part of the violin studio of the renowned Venezuelan violinist Simón Gollo, the piano studio of Dr. Laura Spitzer, and studies orchestral conducting under the teachings of Uriel Rodríguez and Dr. Michael Mapp at NMSU. He is also a member of the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, the Roswell Symphony Orchestra, the NMSU Philharmonic, the INFAO Orchestra, and the Ciudad Juárez Symphony Orchestra and the Four Bridges string quartet. Eduardo is also one of the few recipients of the prestigious Presser Foundation Undergraduate Award, given to promising young musicians.


A few days ago, Eduardo was invited to conduct his first concert as an orchestral conductor in the city of Xalapa, Mexico, with the Roszt Symphony Orchestra as a prize for being selected as the best student in a series of Master Classes taught by maestro Uriel Rodriguez. After this, he plans to continue his musical education by undertaking a master’s degree in orchestral conducting. Eduardo is an artist made in the border that aspires to become an important orchestral conductor for the region and wishes to share and extend his knowledge and passion for music as far as possible.

Dr. Hyerim Mapp  is an energetic orchestral musician as well as recital soloist, chamber music player, and teacher. She holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in cello performance from the University of Kansas. Prior to her study at KU, she studied and taught music in her native Korea at Sejong University, where she was a concerto competition winner.

Currently, she is a cellist at Las Cruces Symphony, El Paso Symphony, and Roswell Symphony orchestra. She has served as principal cellist of the Kansas City Civic, Kinnor Philharmonic, Saint Joseph Symphony, Sioux City Symphony, Southeast Kansas Orchestra, and the NeueEutiner Festspiele in Eutin, Germany. She has also played with the Topeka Symphony, Des Moines Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Lawrence Community Orchestra, Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra, and frequently played with the Kansas City Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Tucson Symphony, New Mexico Philharmonic, and also performed with the Kansas City Cello Quartet.

As a soloist, she has performed with the Southern Symphony Orchestra, the Southeast Kansas Orchestra, Kansas City Medical Arts Symphony, the Kansas City Civic Orchestra, and was one of three cellists selected to perform for the world-renowned cellist, Yo-Yo Ma at the Kauffman Center in Kansas City. As a member of Piano Trio, Con Spirito, she has performed throughout the United States.

She has served as a lecturer of music at New Mexico State University, a professor of cello and bass at Pittsburg State University, and a professor of cello at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from Sejong University and a Master of Music in Cello Performance from the University of Kansas.

She currently resides in Las Cruces, New Mexico with her husband, Dr. Michael W. Mapp and their little dog, Karma

Dr. Hyerim Mapp


Amalia Zeitlin


Amalia Zeitlin has been playing violin since the age of seven, continuing a tradition of at least four generations in her family. In December 2020, Amalia received her Master of Music degree from New Mexico State University, where she studied with Simón Gollo and received the Outstanding Graduate Student award for the College of Arts and Sciences. Previously, Amalia studied at Boston University and the Jerusalem Academy of Music. Amalia made her solo debut in 2019, playing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the New Horizons Symphony Orchestra. Amalia has played as principal 2nd violinist of the El Paso Symphony since 2018. In 2017, Amalia co-founded Camerata del Sol, serves as executive director of the organization, and plays violin in most of their concerts and gigs. Additionally, Amalia serves as a board member for New Mexico Advocates for the Arts.

Jeonai Batista is a Brazilian tenor and pianist currently pursuing master’s in piano performance at New Mexico State University where he is also working as graduate assistant teaching class voice and functional piano. In 2021, he earned his master’s degree in choral conducting at Louisiana State University. He is member of the ABRACO (Brazilian Association of Choral Conductors). He presented a lecture about “Diversity of Choral Tone” at the 1st online Music Research Conference of UFCG (2020). He obtained his Bachelor of Arts with concentration in voice and piano performance from Mississippi State University in 2019, where he also studied choral conducting with Dr. Garry Packwood. At MSU, he was part of many ensembles including States Singers, Men of State, and he was pianist for Wind Ensemble and piano accompanist for voice students. He was finalist in both piano and voice competitions: 2nd place at MS NATS (2017), 3rd place MS NATS (2016), 5th place at Southern NATS (2015), and 2nd place at MMTA – Young Artist Piano Solo Competition (2017). Jeonai Batista also presented a lecture at MMTA conference (2017) about the Distribution Shape in Music Analysis – Texture Analysis of Camargo Guarnieri’s Dansa Negra. He performed as Manny (the pianist) with the soprano Sandra Moon in the play, “Master Class” (2020). In the summer 2017, he debuted as tenor soloist at Carnegie Hall performing the Missa de Alcasçus by Danilo Guanais with the direction of Vladimir Silva. He also has performed as Tamino in “Dream of Mozart” under Roza Tulyaganova’s direction (2018), and as The Sailor in Dido and Aneas (2015). In Brazil, Jeonai Batista has performed as a collaborative pianist and tenor soloist at the International Festival of Campina Grande, in the summers of 2014, 2017 and 2019; he studied conducting in the Federal University of Campina Grande with Dr. Vladimir Silva where he was a singer and pianist of the Coro de Câmara de Campina Grande (2011-2014); served the Brazilian Army as corporal clarinetist (2008-2011); was pianist of the First Baptist Church of Teresina, (2009-2011), pianist of the First Baptist Church of Campina Grande (2011-2014), and choral director of the Coral Robert Kaley da Igreja Congregacional de Campina Grande (2012-2014).

Jeonai Batista


Dr. Sarah Daughtrey, mezzo-soprano, is Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of the Vocal Area at New Mexico State University.  She has also held positions at Elizabethtown College in PA and Marshall University in WV.  Dr. Daughtrey received the DM in Vocal Performance and Literature from the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and pursued graduate studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she was a Knoxville Opera Company Apprentice. While at IU, she was privileged to perform in a staged version of Argento’s song cycle From the Diary of Virginia Woolf under the direction of acclaimed baritone Håkan Hagegård with the composer in attendance.  Dr. Daughtrey has performed many faculty and community recitals regionally and nationally, including several recitals featuring 20th century Brazilian song, and most recently, a joint recital with cellist Jorge Espinoza of all South American repertoire.  An active presenter and pedagogue, Dr. Daughtrey’s diverse activities include participation in the Mentor program of SongFest at the Colburn School in Los Angeles; two recent performances at the College Music Society’s 2016 and 2019 national conferences; and a lecture recital presentation at the Texoma Region of NATS 2016 conference Artist Series on Brazilian song and Brazilian Portuguese lyric diction. Most recently, she has completed the recording of a new album for Centaur Records, featuring several never before recorded works for voice, saxophone and piano.  She has also served as master class instructor at several colleges around the country, and was the invited Voice Division adjudicator for the prestigious MusicFest Northwest festival in Spokane, Washington in 2017.   Additionally, as a director, her activities have included stage direction of several productions, including NMSU’s production of Menotti’s The Medium (in which she sang the title role), Elizabethtown College’s production of The Pirates of Penzance, and Marshall University’s production of von Suppé’s operetta The Fair Galatea, for which she wrote a new libretto.  For Bloomington Music Works in Indiana, Ms. Daughtrey directed Barab’s The Toy Shop, as well as Mozart’s The Impresario.  In addition, she has been a clinician for staged performances of solo song, and directed several opera workshop performances. Dr. Daughtrey was recently appointed as NATS District Governor of New Mexico and far west Texas, and served several terms as both Rio Grande and Allegheny Chapter president, as well as the founding president of the Indiana University chapter of SNATS.

Sarah Daughtrey

The Director of Grants and Development