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Biography

Current Positions

  • Orchestra Santa Monica - Music Director
  • Pacific Symphony – Associate Conductor
  • Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra - Music Director
  • Lake George Music Festival – Co-Founder and Music Director

 

Recent Positions

  • Charlotte Symphony Orchestra – Assistant Conductor
  • Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra – Music Director
  • Columbus (IN) Symphony Orchestra – Music Director

 

Current Activities 

  • Spokane Symphony
  • Wheeling Symphony Orchestra
  • Long Beach Symphony
  • Camarada Chamber Orchestra
  • Evansville Philharmonic
  • Symphony New Hampshire
  • Lima Symphony Orchestra

 

Recent Activities 

  • Los Angeles Philharmonic – Cover Conductor
  • Szczecin Philharmonic (Poland)
  • Boise Philharmonic
  • Great Falls Symphony
  • Owensboro Symphony Orchestra
  • National Symphony Orchestra
  • Chicago Sinfonietta
  • Adrian Symphony Orchestra
  • Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra
  • Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra – world premiere by Paul Dooley
  • Indianapolis Symphony – Cover Conductor
  • St. Louis Symphony – Cover Conductor
  • Memphis Symphony Orchestra
  • Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
  • Columbus Symphony Orchestra
  • Danish National Symphony Orchestra
  • Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Aspen Music Festival Orchestra
  • Cabrillo Festival Orchestra
  • Orquestra de Cadaques
  • Psappa New Music Ensemble

 

Endeavors 

Principal Conductor for From Classical to Rock, a concert series that brings together platinum selling rock stars with world-renowed classical musicians and a full symphony orchestra comprised of highly talented students.  The concert was created to provide students with a rare opportunity to perform a once-in-a-lifetime show, all of which benefits music education in the community.  The debut concert took place in Irvine, CA at the Barclay Theater in April 2018.  The concert was hosted by Randy Jackson.  It was headlined by Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls and with very special guest Nancy Wilson (heart).

Co-founder and Music Director of the Lake George Music Festival, the Lake George region's premier summer musical arts festival.  For two weeks every August, the festival brings together professionals, students, faculty, and alumni from many music conservatories and symphonic orchestras in the US and abroad.  Events include chamber music, full orchestral concerts, late night concerts, family concerts, open rehearsals, and pre-performance workshops

  • Voted Best Annual Event by the City of Lake George in 2015
  • New York State Council on the Arts grants totaling $100,000 to establish the Festival as a nationally known cultural destination
  • David Kim, concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, served as the Festival Orchestra’s concertmaster in 2015
  • Featured in Time Out New York Magazine (August 2015)
  • Orchestra and chamber music performances featured on American Public Media’s Performance Today with Fred Child and WQXR NY
  • Featured guest artists include Fei-Fei Dong, Stephen Waarts, Gabriel Cabezas, Nigel Armstrong
  • Featured resident ensembles include the Donald Sinta Quartet, Brooklyn Art Song Society, Dolce Suono Ensemble, New Morse Code, and arx duo.

The Lake George Music Festival conducts an annual competition to promote the development and dissemination of contemporary classical music. 

  • Previous competitions have been adjudicated by composers David Ludwig, Libby Larsen, David Lang, Donnacha Dennehy, and Jennifer Higdon.
  • Recent commissions include music by Harry Stafylakis, Brandan Faegre, and Michael Djupstrom as well as the music of Andy Akiho, D.J. Sparr and Richard Danielpour

 

Noteworthy

  • Solti U.S. Career Assistance Award (2018, 2017 and 2013)
  • Chicago Sinfonietta Project Inclusion Conducting Fellowship (2015-16) 
  • Indiana University New Music Ensemble – Assistant Conductor (2009-11)
  • Indiana University Opera Theater – Assistant Conductor (2011-12)
  • Memphis Symphony Orchestra International Conducting Competition – 2nd prize

 

A proponent of contemporary music, Roger Kalia has championed new works and conducted numerous world premieres as well as having commissioned new compositions. 

 

Artist Website

  • Roger Kalia: www.rogerkalia.com
  • www.lakegeorgemusicfestival.com

 

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