Music Director, Symphony NH
Roger Kalia, Music Director
Acclaimed as a conductor who leads with “passionate intensity” Roger Kalia is one of America’s most exciting young conductors. Named Music Director of Symphony New Hampshire in May 2019, Kalia is a captivating communicator equally at home with popular warhorses as he is with modern repertoire, and a proponent of music education for youth. Acclaimed for his musical ideas and a respected collaborator with orchestras and artists alike, in addition to being named Music Director of Symphony NH, Kalia also currently serves as Music Director for Orchestra Santa Monica, Lake George Music Festival (NY), and the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra (CA), and is Associate Conductor of Pacific Symphony.
Among Kalia’s guest conducting engagements are the National Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, the symphonies of Spokane, Wheeling, Long Beach, Bakersfield, Great Falls, Owensboro, and Adrian, the philharmonics of Savannah, Boise, and Evansville, and the Camarada Chamber Orchestra. Kalia has also worked in various capacities with the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Utah Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Danish National Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony and Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He has collaborated with a wide range of artists, including Glenn Dicterow, David Kim, Nikki and Timothy Chooi, Randy Newman, Shayna Steele, Lisa Pegher, the B-52s, PROJECT Trio, Jack Black, Fei-Fei Dong, and Misha Dichter.
Passionate about teaching the next generation of musicians, Kalia has created family and educational concerts for orchestras across the country in a variety of concert formats in collaborations with groups such as Cirque de la Symphony, Orange County’s Festival Ballet Theater, speed painter Dan Dunn, and the Magic Circle Mime Co.
A passionate advocate of modern music, Kalia has commissioned and programmed more than 100 works by some of America’s most innovative living composers including Paul Dooley, Brendan Faegre, Narong Prangcharoen, Sarah Snider, Paul Dooley, Sheridan Seyfried, Steven Snowden, Siamak Aghaei, Paul Chihara, and Chris Rogerson.
A native of New York State, Kalia holds degrees from Indiana University, the University of Houston and SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music. His primary mentors include David Effron, Arthur Fagen, and Franz Anton Krager. Among his honors are three Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Awards, fellowships with the Chicago Sinfonietta and the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival with Robert Spano, 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. Kalia is married to musicologist / violinist Christine Wisch.