Born and raised in Mar del Plata, Argentina, Fernanda Lastra’s passionate form as a conductor is fueled by her energetic and creative personality which carries over into her leadership, artistic and musical director roles.

Fernanda currently serves as Assistant Conductor for The University of Iowa Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, conducting both groups regularly. In addition, she co-conducts the UI Campus Orchestra (AUSO) and serves as Assistant Conductor for the UI Opera program, conducting in performance Little Women by Mark Adamo in May 2019. 

In 2020 Fernanda was a finalist for the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra’s Assistant Conductor position and she was awarded First Prize in the Opera de Bauge Conducting Competition in France in 2018.


In June, Fernanda created Compositores.AR, a cycle of interviews of Argentinian composers in collaboration with MúsicaClasicaBA in Buenos Aires. Fernanda also collaborated with Boulanger Initiative’s internship program, and in 2019 attended the Eastman Leadership Academy as an Eastman-Yamaha Fellow.

In April 2019 she joined the production of Cavalleria Rusticana in Neuchatel, Switzerland as Assistant conductor of Musiques des Lumieres Orquestre and in November conducted for Revival Theatre Company the production of the legendary Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma

2010 - present
2010 - present