Staff

Staff Members

Ana Maria Solis-Herrera

Logistic Coordinator

Ana Maria Soli­s-Herrera is the Director of Orchestras at Austin High School in the Austin Independent School District. Previously she was Director at O. Henry Middle School, Lamar Middle School, and McCallum High School. Prior to her appointment as Austin Youth Orchestra Organizer, she served as Co-coordinator and Conductor of the Concertante, Sinfonietta, and Philharmonic Youth Orchestras.

Mrs. Soli­s-Herrera holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in Violin Performance and a Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of Texas at Austin. She has completed certifications in Suzuki Method and conducts workshops at the University of Texas.

Mrs. Soli­s-Herrera performed internationally with orchestras in Asia, Latin America, and the United States, including the Ehime University Orchestra in Matsuyama, Japan, the Carlos Chavez Symphony in Mexico City, and the Ohio Light Opera. Mrs. Solis-Herrera has been invited to speak at music educators conferences in Italy, Sweden, and Latin America on her research, the musical preferences of Mexicans and Mexican Americans in the United States.

Contact Mrs. Solis at mssolis-herrera@austinyouthorchestra.org

Fidencio Solis

AYO Coordinator

Originally from Mexico City, Mr. Fidencio Solis is the Director of Orchestras at Chapa and Simon MS in Hays CISD. He previously taught at O. Henry Middle School for 16 years in the Austin Independent School District, and he was Director for the Gulfport School District in Mississippi. Mr. Solis also serves as Austin Youth Orchestra Organizer. Mr. Soli­s holds a Bachelors Degree and a Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. In addition, he is certified in Suzuki Method.

Mr. Solis has contributed his expertise to the Austin Youth Orchestra for 16 years and gives his time to fellow music educators and their projects. He plays chamber music, performs with community orchestras and freelances around town. He enjoys sharing time with family and friends, making people laugh, making and listening to music, going to the movies, and traveling.

Contact Mr. Solis at mr.solis@austinyouthorchestra.org

Alex Burch

Administrative Coordinator

Alex Burch is a recent graduate of The University of Texas at Austin. She holds bachelor degrees in Vocal Performance and Instrumental Music Education alongside a certificate in Pre-Med. While at UT, she was Co-Director and Director of UT Lab Orchestra, a student run organization to bring underutilized music to the Austin Community. She was under the tutelage of Darlene Wiley, Dr. Laurie Scott, Dr. Bob Duke, Dr. Amy Simmons, and Dr. Miguel Campinho. Since graduating, she is working as orchestra director for Blazier Intermediate, Mathews Elementary, Lee Elementary, and Barton Hills Elementary in Austin ISD. Ms. Burch is the website and social media coordinator for AYO and the current director for UT Lab Orchestra.

In her free time, Ms. Burch enjoys spending time making art, volunteering at a local farm sanctuary, traveling, and enjoying the company of her partner and cat, Anacrusis.

Contact Ms. Burch at aburch@austinyouthorchestra.org

Pam Corn

Accounting Coordinator

Pamela Corn is a retired CPA with over 45 years of experience. Pam graduated from the University of TX

at Austin with a degree in Elementary Education and Math. She received her CPA certificate in 1983.

Pam has worked with small businesses and in tax throughout her career which also included 14 years at

Southwest Body and Paint (now Caliber Collision Centers) as their Controller. She has worked with

musicians and non-profits since 2000. She is the treasurer of Texas Early Music Project and La Follia

Austin Baroque.

Contact Ms. Corn at Accounting@AustinYouthOrchestra.org