Symphony New Hampshire (Symphony NH) last month named Roger Kalia as its new music director. In addition to his new appointment, Kalia, who is a well-known collaborator with orchestras and artists alike, also serves as music director for Orchestra Santa Monica, Lake George Music Festival in New York, and the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra in California, and is associate conductor of Pacific Symphony.
Broadway World says Kalia “is a rising star in the conducting world,” and “is acclaimed as a captivating communicator equally at home with popular warhorses as he is with modern repertoire, and a proponent of music education for youth.” According to his website, Kalia has collaborated with a wide range of artists and has conducted the Memphis Symphony in 2011 after winning second prize in their International Conducting Competition. This performance is said to have led to his debut the following season and launched his professional career.
At the start of his career, he held conducting positions with the Charlotte Symphony, the Young Musicians Foundation (YMF) Debut Orchestra and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Kalia maintains a regular teaching relationship with The Colburn School, USC’s Thornton School of Music, and California State University at Fullerton. He has worked with youth orchestras across the country, including the 2018 Missouri All-State Symphony Orchestra. He has held fellowships with the Chicago Sinfonietta as part of their Project Inclusion program, the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival with Robert Spano, the Conductors Guild Conductor/Composer Training Workshop at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music with Marin Alsop, the David Zinman International Conducting Masterclass with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, and the Kurt Masur Conducting Seminar at the Manhattan School of Music. He holds degrees from Indiana University, the University of Houston and SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music.
At Indiana University, Kalia served as an associate instructor and assistant conductor of the IU Opera Theater and New Music Ensemble.
Born and raised in New York, Kalia resides in Southern California with his wife, musicologist/violinist Christine Wisch, and their dog Burney.