Feb 03, 2020
Roger Kalia
The Language of Conducting

Dynamic and innovative, Indian American conductor Roger Kalia is acclaimed by the press as “one to
watch.” A respected collaborator with orchestras and artists alike, in May 2019 Kalia was named Music
Director of New Hampshire’s 96-year-old orchestra, Symphony NH (Symphony New Hampshire). Since
July 2018 he has served as Music Director of California’s Orchestra Santa Monica. In January 2019,
Kalia’s contract with the 40-year-old Pacific Symphony was extended to August 2020, and he was
promoted to Associate Conductor, having served a three-year tenure as the orchestra’s Assistant
Conductor and Music Director of the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra. August 2020 marks Kalia’s
tenth season as Music Director and co-founder of the celebrated Lake George Music Festival in upstate
New York.


Recent guest engagements include the symphony orchestras of Redlands, Bakersfield, Spokane,
Symphony NH, and Wheeling, the Hollywood and Camarada Chamber Orchestras, and Poland’s Szczecin
Philharmonic. Past season highlights include engagements with the National Symphony Orchestra in
Washington DC, the Chicago Sinfonietta, Boise Philharmonic and the symphony orchestras of Long
Beach, Adrian, Great Falls and Owensboro. Of note in summer 2020 is a four-concert tour of the Czech
Republic and Austria with the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra featuring performances in Prague’s
Smetana Hall and Vienna’s Musikverein.


A versatile communicator, Kalia has collaborated with a wide range of artists, including singer Shayna
Steele, Electronic Dance Music (EDM) duo MAKO, singer/songwriter Randy Newman, Philadelphia
Orchestra concertmaster David Kim, violinists Glenn Dicterow, Nikki and Timothy Chooi, percussionist
Lisa Pegher, pianists Fei-Fei Dong and Misha Dichter, the B-52s, PROJECT Trio and the Brooklyn-based
electronic Indie band Balún.


A native of New York State, Kalia holds degrees from Indiana University, the University of Houston and
SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music. Among his honors are serving as the Solti Fellow with Lyric
Opera of Chicago for Rossini’s Barber of Seville, three Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Awards,
fellowships with the Chicago Sinfonietta and Aspen Music Festival’s American Academy of Conducting,
and Second Prize in the 2011 Memphis Symphony International Conducting Competition, which led to
his debut with the orchestra the following season and launched his professional career. Early on, Kalia
held conducting positions with the Charlotte Symphony, the Young Musicians Foundation (YMF) Debut
Orchestra and the Columbus (IN) Symphony Orchestra.