Las Cruces Youth Orchestra

Simón Gollo

Founder & Artistic Director

Award-winning violinist Simon Gollo is one of the most versatile Latin American artists of his generation residing in the United States. His diverse career demands him to serve the roles of artist director, conductor, soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue. As Founder and Artistic Director of the Aruba Symphony Festival and Academy (formerly Festival y Academia del Nuevo Mundo in Venezuela), he demonstrates a genuine commitment to the promotion and presentation of international artists in new scenarios, bringing music to larger audiences while offering young musicians the opportunity to work with renowned artists of international prominence.


Simón Gollo has appeared as a conductor, soloist, chamber musician across the United States, Europe, Central and South America at prestigious venues such as the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society (Philadelphia, USA), 92Y- Kaufmann Concert Hall (NY, USA), Chamber Music Society of Detroit, National Gallery of Art (Washington DC, USA), Bolivar Hall (London, UK), Teatro Teresa Carreño (Caracas, Venezuela), Auditorio Blas Galindo (Mexico City, Mexico), and the Teatro Mayor (Bogota, Colombia). He has performed with international figures such as Alessio Bax, Ricardo Morales, Dmitri Berlinsky, Richard Young (Vermeer Quartet), Miguel Dasilva (Ysaÿe Quartet), Randolph Kelly, John Novacek, Mihai Marica, Yura Lee, and Jacob Koranyi, among many others.


In addition to his collaborations as soloist and conductor, chamber music has been a major focus throughout his career. From 2012 to 2015, Mr. Gollo was a member of the Dali String Quartet and is regularly invited by the St. Luke’s Orchestra (NY) and several chamber music ensembles such as Camerata Nordica (Sweden), Classical Jam, International Chamber Soloists, Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio for tours and concerts given at esteemed venues such as the Carnegie hall in NYC, and Cadogan Hall (London, UK – BBC Proms Festival). Most recently Simón Gollo has been a member of the La Catrina string quartet for which he was nominated for a Latin Grammy for Best Classical Contemporary Composition, «String Quartet No. 3 (In memoriam Ludwig Van Beethoven)» by composer and producer Yalil Guerra from the quartet’s latest album, “Alma con Brio.”


Simón Gollo is a gifted and committed pedagogue who keeps a very busy teaching schedule including invitations to teach master classes around the world.  After earning degrees from the Conservatoire de Musique de Geneve, Switzerland, and the Conservatoire Superieur et Academie de Musique Tibor Varga in Sion, Switzerland he was a violin professor for the prestigious “El Sistema” and Mozarteum in Caracas, Venezuela. His violin teachers include Gyula Stuller, Anne Bauer, Patrick Genet, and Gabor Takaçs.


Currently, Simón Gollo is Assistant Professor of Violin in the Department of Music at New Mexico State University (NMSU) and Conductor of the NMSU Philharmonic. Since 2016 Simon Gollo has a prominent career as a conductor emphasizing his artistic commitment to social projects of a musical nature in El Salvador, Colombia, Brazil, Mexico, and the USA. Simon Gollo is a member of La Catrina String Quartet, quartet in residence at New Mexico State University and the “Reveron Piano Trio”. Simón Gollo is a recording artist for IBS Classical, Spain. In 2019 Simon Gollo joins the Q-Arte Quartet as a guest artist for concerts and tours in Colombia and Europe.


Founder and Artistic Director of Las Cruces Youth Orchestra – New Mexico 2019.


Simon  Gollo Web Page

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

Dr. Hyerim Mapp


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

Ian Narlock is a double bassist from El Paso, Texas. As a student of Paul Sharpe, he received a B.A. degree from Texas Tech University and a M.M. degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Currently, he is the Principal Double Bass of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and the Assistant Principal of the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra. In the past, he has played for many regional orchestras in Texas, New Mexico, and North Carolina. As an educator, he has served as faculty at the Chamber Music on the Hill Festival (NC), the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras, staff at the Bad Boyz of Bass Camp (IN), as well as maintaining a private studio.

Ian Narlock


María Bernal


Born in 1999, María Bernal’s musical mentors have been Fabio Santana, Andrew Zaplatinsky, and Anyango Yarbo-Davenport in Colombia, and Simón Gollo in the United states. Maria Is currently pursuing her Master’s degree with Professor Gollo at New Mexico State Univeristy. María has actively participated in several masterclasses with professors such as: Kia-huitan, John Frisch, Simone Bernardini, Ruben Aharonian, Daniel Austrich, Annie Akiko Meyers, and Maxim Vengerov. Maria also attended to “Montesito International Music Festival 2015,” in Los Angeles- California; “Festival Internacional de Música de Esmeraldas 2015,” in Esmeraldas, Ecuador; and “Cartagena Festival Internacional de Música 2014,” Colombia.


Winner of competitions such as: “Ciclo de conciertos universitarios 2013-2014 Jorge Tadeo Lozano,” and “Convocatoria Jóvenes Intérpretes 2014 del Banco de la República,” in Colombia. In 2018, Maria got a position in the “Filarmónica Juvenil de Cámara de la Filarmónica de Bogotá.” In 2018, Maria performed as Soloist with the Colombian Orchestra “Bacatá.” In 2020, María won the soloist competition from NMSU Philharmonic in the United States, and she got the opportunity to perform as a soloist with this orchestra.


Also, María makes part of “La Filarmónica Jóven de Colombia,” which is conducted by Andres Orozco Estrada. With this orchestra, María has been on tour in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Panamá, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Colombia.

Was born in Durango, Mexico. She started her Bachelor of Music in the Faculty of Arts in Chihuahua with the cellists Claudia Lechuga and Ana Maria Moreno. Three years later she moved to Juarez City where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez under the tutelage of Bulgarian professor Momchil Gazdov.

Mrs. Meraz has performed with Orquesta Sinfónica de la UACJ, Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de la UACJ, Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad Veracruzana, Orquesta Esperanza Azteca Cd. Juárez and NMSU Philharmonic Orchestra. She is currently a student of professor Jorge Espinoza, member of La Catrina Quartet and faculty member of the Music Department at New Mexico State University.

As an educator, she has been part of Proyecto de Iniciación Musical Infantil de la UACJ, she has been a support teacher at Centro para Invidentes CEIAC A.C. and she has maintained a private cello studio in Juárez.

She is currently studying her master’s degree at New Mexico State University. She is a Graduate Assistant of the NMSU Philharmonic Orchestra and part of Las Cruces Youth Orchestra project.

Georgina Meraz


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.

Camerata del Sol is an innovative group of top-notch musicians from Las Cruces, El Paso and Ciudad Juárez that seeks to bring unique chamber music experiences to the region. Founded by NMSU professor and violinist Daniel Vega-Albela, it was originally conceived by select players of both El Paso and Las Cruces Symphony Orchestras, in order to explore the string ensemble repertoire that full symphonies seldom perform due to the intimacy and size of its configuration. Camerata Del Sol is a 15-piece, conductorless ensemble that requires each of its members to be responsible for bringing every score we prepare to life as well as to become an integral part of the creative process.

Camerata del Sol

Guest Faculty