New York Conductor Alondra de la Parra Takes Job in Mexico

Monday, April 23, 2012 - 12:00 AM

Alondra de la Parra Alondra de la Parra (Lorena Alcaraz)

Alondra de la Parra, the New York-born conductor who made a splash by forming her own orchestra while barely in her mid 20s, has a new job, in Guadalajara, Mexico. De la Parra is the new artistic director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Jalisco.

The 31-year-old de la Parra is best known for having founded in 2004 the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, a New York freelance orchestra that showcased many Latino composers. The group performed at Lincoln Center and Town Hall, received heaps of media attention, and released a double-album, "Mi Alma Mexicana" (“My Mexican Soul”), for Sony Classical. 

But despite a charismatic presence on the podium, the POA also struggled. Last June, it announced it was suspending operations due to a lack of funds. De la Parra has been working as a guest conductor mainly outside of New York since.

In her new post, de la Parra will lead an orchestra in Mexico’s second-largest metropolitan region, after Mexico City. The POJ's roots date back to 1915, when it was known as the Guadalajara Symphonic Orchestra.

De la Parra was born in New York City in 1980 but raised mainly in Mexico City. She returned to New York in 2000 to study piano and conducting at the Manhattan School of Music, receiving her masters of music in 2008. She was married to Carlos Zedillo, the son of former Mexico President Ernesto Zedilla, from 2008 to 2010.


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Barry Owen Furrer

To paraphrase Simon & Garfunkel - where have you gone, Michael Meltzer?

Apr. 24 2012 08:46 PM

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Apr. 24 2012 02:18 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

Maestra ALONDRA DE LA PARRA, congratulations on your new post.
Guadalajara has a magnificent opera house. They should extend to you the option of conducting opera as well as ypur other interests. Sarah Caldwell and Eve Queler, both famous and venturesome as female conductors in opera should encourage you to venture forth. The achievements possible are well worth the striving. Composers like Wagner and Beethoven who also conducted their works spent one third of their lives eeeking funding for their opera or symphony performances. If you conjecture that "everything will come up roses." In the real world, your success will come, if you earnestly persist. All the best !!!
I am a Wagnerian heldentenor and the director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, where professional actors are trained for the Shakespeare roles and big-voiced singers are coached in the Wagner roles and voice production and dramaturgy techniques.
Websites:,, and where one may download, free, 37 complete "Live from Carnegie Hall" selections that I have sung in four concerts, three of them three hours-long solo concerts and one concert, a Joint Recital with the dramatic soprano Norma Jean Erdmann, in the main hall of Carnegie Hall, the Isaac Stern Auditorium, by opening up, downloading from the "Recorded Selections" venue on the home page. My next concert in New York will be on Saturday, June 9th at the YOGA EXPO at the New Yorker Hotel . The title of the concert is 'BRING HIM HOME, with that song from the musical LES MISERABLES, encouraging the return of our armed forces and inspiring hope and love of country with This Land is Your Land, The House I Live In, Climb Every Mountain, You'll Never Walk Alone, The Impossible Dream, Granada, Wien, Wien, nur du allein, When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again, Billy Bigelow's Soililoquy in Carousel and 18 other selections.

Apr. 24 2012 11:37 AM
New Yorker from Hell

Let me get this straight....She is a big genius conductor, but has to go Mexico to find a job?...Perhaps her whole career was based on the fact that is she is young, female, & mexican...not because she is talented...If she had any talent, she could have easily worked her way up, by conducting small, then bigger & bigger orchestras all over the world....Instead, she thinks she knows better and can't possibly wait for people to recognize her genius...So, she tries to start an orchestra....and it bombs out...Why?....Maybe because she doesn't know what she's doing, or people don't like her, which means they won't donate money....

When you morons realize that conducting is not for kids....we will all be better off...there is a reason the President of the United States must be 35 yrs old....

Apr. 24 2012 09:08 AM
Nick Leggett from Washington, DC

Congratulations to Ms. Alondra de la Parra on her new position.

WQXR, your streaming audio sounds great. Congratulations.

Apr. 23 2012 03:33 PM

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