Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra (EPO) announced today that they have named Roger Kalia as music director of the 87-year-old orchestra. EPO, the largest orchestra in Indiana and the tri-state area, held their official press conference on the virtual platform, Zoom, to make the announcement.
Taking this position means that at the end of this season, Kalia is stepping down from his position as music director of Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra (PYSO) that he has held for the last 5 years. Kalia simultaneously held the associate conductor role at Pacific Symphony, and was the assistant conductor for three and a half years before that. We are as sad to see him go as we are happy for his wonderful opportunity. His long tenure with Pacific Symphony has been the greatest experience and we are confident in him and his next venture.
“I am honored to be named music director of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra,” Kalia said of the new appointment. “This is an innovative and passionate organization with deep roots in the community, and I look forward to being a part of the meaningful, collaborative community connections the EPO offers through its concerts, outreach and family, youth and education offerings. The 2020-21 season promises to be exciting and engaging, and I cannot wait to share this music with you in the concert hall beginning this fall.”
Recently, Kalia was named music director of New Hampshire’s 97-year-old orchestra Symphony NH (Symphony New Hampshire) in May 2019, after an 18-month search. He has served as music director of California’s Orchestra Santa Monica since 2018 and is music director and co-founder of the two-week Lake George Music Festival in upstate New York, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in August 2020.
Keep tabs on Kalia by visiting http://www.rogerkalia.com, or by saying hi to him if you find yourself in Indiana. Best wishes, Roger Kalia!