Plano Symphony Orchestra announces new assistant conductor

Simon Gollo. Photo courtesy of Plano Symphony Orchestra.
Simon Gollo will begin the position in the 2024-2025 season, which kicks off in September at the Robinson Fine Arts Center.

Plano Symphony Orchestra announced a new assistant conductor today after Shira Samuels-Shragg accepted a similar position with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Simón Gollo will begin the position in the 2024-2025 season.

“The PSO continues its legacy of musical excellence in naming Simón Gollo as our new Tammy and Charles Miller Assistant Conductor. Mr. Gollo is the recently appointed professor of violin and chamber music at the prestigious University of North Texas,” PSO Music Director and Maestro Héctor Guzmán said. “Simón brings to the PSO, not only a vast experience as a performer, educator and conductor, but also a passion for excellence that will enhance every aspect of our ever-growing musical program. We look forward to a bright and exciting future.”

Throughout his career, Gollo has taught, conducted, and performed both chamber and solo performances all around the globe. Recently, Gollo was also appointed as a professor of violin at the University of North Texas, where he will share his time during the upcoming orchestral season.

“I am honored and thrilled to join the Plano Symphony Orchestra,” Gollo said. “I look forward to bringing my passion for music to this wonderful orchestra and organization, continuing our mission of delivering excellence and education to our community. I could not have asked for a better opportunity upon arriving in Texas. Being a violin professor at UNT and assistant conductor for the Plano Symphony is a fabulous challenge and a milestone in my career.”

Gollo boasts numerous accolades that have led to coming to Plano including:

  • 2023 – Appointed artistic director and conductor of the Carolina Youth Symphony and conductor of the Furman Symphony Orchestra
  • 2016 – Named conductor of the New Mexico State University Philharmonic
  • Since 2022 – Serves as artistic director at the New England Music Camp

The 2024-2025 season will kick off on September 28 at the new Robinson Fine Arts Center.

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