Roger 2016Currently in his first season as Assistant Conductor of the Pacific Symphony, Roger Kalia is also Music Director of the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra and Music Director & Co-Founder of the Lake George Music Festival in upstate New York.  He previously spent two seasons as Assistant Conductor with the Charlotte Symphony.  Kalia will lead the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra on their upcoming tour of China this summer with performances in Beijing’s National Concert Hall and Shanghai’s Oriental Arts Centre, among others.

Recent and upcoming engagements include the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, Chicago Sinfonietta at Symphony Hall, Owensboro Symphony, Adrian Symphony, and Bakersfield Symphony.  Kalia has also worked as a guest cover conductor with the St. Louis Symphony and Indianapolis Symphony, and he was a finalist for the Assistant Conductor audition with the New York Philharmonic in 2015.

As a recipient of The Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award (2013), Kalia started his career as Music Director of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra of Los Angeles (2012-2015), following in the footsteps of such conductors as Michael Tilson Thomas and Andre Previn.  Kalia led the orchestra in a variety of repertoire from Mozart through music by acclaimed video game and film composers.  Highlights of his tenure included four world premieres, collaborations with violinist Glenn Dicterow and pianist Misha Dichter at UCLA’s Royce Hall, a production of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat with actors Jack Black and Michael Lerner at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and a collaboration with the Angel City Chorale of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in celebration of Shakespeare’s 450th anniversary.

Kalia has collaborated with dancers, visual artists, and actors, and has shared the stage with Randy Newman, Dan Dunn, Michael Boudewyns, Magic Circle Mime Co., Grey Seal Puppets, Metropolitan Ballroom, and students from Northwest School of the Arts, Central Piedmont Community College and UNC Charlotte.  A strong advocate of music education and audience development, Kalia created an annual Family Concert series as well as a new music series called “Sounds of Our Time” at the Lake George Music Festival that have resulted in numerous grants from the New York State Council of the Arts.  Passionate about teaching the next generation of musicians, he maintains a regular teaching relationship with the Colburn School and Cal State Fullerton.

Kalia has also commissioned and programmed more than 100 works by some of America’s brightest and innovative composers including Mason Bates, David Lang, Narong Prangcharoen, Michael Daugherty, Brendan Faegre, and Paul Chihara, among others.  Kalia commissioned Paul Dooley’s Coast of Dreams with the YMF Debut Orchestra, which was featured on American Public Media’s Performance Today with Fred Child and resulted in a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA).

In 2010 Kalia studied under Robert Spano at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen.  He was also a fellow at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in 2011, chosen by Marin Alsop.  In 2011 he won Second Prize at the Memphis Symphony International Conducting Competition, which led to his professional debut with the orchestra the following season.  That same year David Zinman invited him to conduct the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich in his international conducting masterclass at the Zurich Festspiele.  In 2013 Roger worked with Kurt Masur at his annual Conducting Seminar at the Manhattan School of Music.

A native of New York, Roger received his Doctorate from Indiana University, where he served as an Associate Instructor and Assistant Conductor of the IU Opera Theater and New Music Ensemble.  His primary mentors include David Effron, Arthur Fagen, and Franz Anton Krager.


Recent laureate of the Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition in Salzburg, Austria (2016) and the Manhattan International Music Competition in NYC (2016), violinist Barbora Kolářová is the Co-founder and Artistic Director/General Manager at the Lake George Music Festival and a visiting performing artist of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. As part of her recent prizes, Barbora will join the ‘Manhattan International Artists’ roster and starting in November 2016 will also collaborate with the Lincoln Center Stage and perform on the Holland America Line.

A former visiting performing artist member of the Czech Philharmonic (2013-2016) Barbora Kolářová is a winner of the Broadus Erle Prize (2015) and laureate of numerous international competitions such as the New York International Artist Association Competition in New York City (2014), the Remember Enescu (1999) and Telemann Competition (2002). She is also a two time winner of the Prague Junior Note, the Grand prize winner of the Michigan ASTA Solo Competition (2006) and a recipient of The Special Diploma at the Vadim Repin Master class Scholarship Competition (2012).

She appeared numerous times as a soloist with the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra performing throughout Europe and the United States and has also performed solo concertos with the Czech Radio Symphony, the Czech National Theatre Orchestra, the West Bohemia Symphony Orchestra, and the Limoges Orchestra. She was invited to perform at the 2005 Haydn Music Festival and the Young Prague and gave a presentation on “Czech Music of the 60’s” in the National Arts Gallery in Washington DC as part of the 2012 Miloš Forman Festival. Most recently she appeared as a soloist with the Academy Sinfonietta performing Concerto Academico by Vaughan Williams and premiered Brendan Faegre’s “Lys- Slatt” for solo violin in Lake George, NY. She has collaborated with a chamber ensemble Cantata Profana with whom she performed in NYC, Boston and New Haven. She was invited as violin faculty to the 2015 The Sound of Piano, Strings & Voice China International Music Festival in Xi’an where she also performed numerous solo and chamber music performances and appeared on television and radio shows.

As an active soloist, chamber musician, and member of numerous prestigious orchestras she has appeared on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall, the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Cultural Centre in Hong Kong, Dewan Philharmonik Petronas in Kuala Lumpur, and recently made her solo debut in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.

She has collaborated with such notable concert artists as Ruggiero Ricci, Pamela Frank, Claude Frank, Shmuel Ashkenazi, Jaime Laredo, Ida Kavafian, Ani Kavafian, Toby Appel, Daniel Phillips, Jennifer Higdon, George Crumb, Leon Fleisher, Peter Serkin, Seymour Lipkin, Roberto Díaz, Peter Wiley, Albrecht Breuninger, Robert Levin, Michael Frischenschlager, the Ying Quartet and the Johannes Quartet. As an orchestra member, Miss Kolářová has performed under the direction of many eminent conductors including Otto-Werner Müeller, Valery Gergiev, Manfred Honeck, Michael Tilson Thomas, Simon Rattle, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Neeme Järvi, Kristjan Järvi, Marin Alsop, Nicholas McGegan, André Previn, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Alan Gilbert, Fabio Luisi, Corrado Rovaris, Robert Spano, Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, Roberto Abbado, Giancarlo Guerrero, Joel Smirnoff, Michael Stern, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Jiří Belohlávek and James Judd.

A native of the Czech Republic, Miss Kolářová holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music. Her major teachers include Pavel Prantl, Charles Avsharian, Ida Kavafian, Arnold Steinhardt and Ani Kavafian.


Violinist Colin Sorgi is the Concertmaster of the National Philharmonic Orchestra in Washington, DC. Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, he made his solo debut at the Aspen Music Festival in 2012 and has since been heard as soloist and in recital on the stages of Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Chicago Cultural Center, Canada’s National Arts Centre, and at the 2012 Naumburg International Violin Competition, among others. In August 2015, Colin made his debut at the prestigious Lucerne Festival in Switzerland as Guest Concertmaster and Artist Faculty of the Academy Orchestra, giving the European premiere of a concerto for electric violin and orchestra, “Forever and Ever”, by Tod Machover (Musical America’s 2015 Composer of the Year). He has recently had the privilege of collaborating with some of the world’s most influential musicians including Leon Fleisher, Pinchas Zuckerman, Jorja Fleezanis, John Adams, Matthias Pinstcher, Wolfgang Rihm and members of the Parisian Ensemble Intercontemporain.

An advocate of community engagement and arts education, Colin is an esteemed member of the National Philharmonic Summer String Institute faculty and spends much of his time working with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids program – a music outreach program in West Baltimore and the country’s largest El Sistema-inspired program.

Colin is deeply devoted to the performance of contemporary music and is the Founder, Artistic Director and violinist of Baltimore’s SONAR new music ensemble (sonarnewmusic.org) which was formed in 2007 and has presented some of the most important music of our time as well as over 40 premieres of composers throughout the world. In 2014, SONAR was named “Baltimore’s Best Classical Group” by the Baltimore City Paper.

Colin holds degrees from both the Peabody Conservatory and Indiana University studying with renowned musicians Herbert Greenberg and Jaime Laredo. He currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife Jaclyn, their cat Giuseppe and their dog Vincenzo.


Isabel Gleicher – Manhattan School of Music, Yale School of Music
Beomjae Kim – Ensemble ACJW, Manhattan School of Music

English Horn

Lindsay Flowers – New Mexico Philharmonic, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Indiana Jacobs School of Music
Tim Gocklin – Akropolis Reed Quintet, Yale School of Music


Sam Boutris – Yale School of Music, Curtis Institute of Music
Slavko Popovic – Symphony in C, Curtis Institute of Music


Ryan Finefrock – Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, Cleveland Institute of Music
Marissa Olegario – Stony Brook University, Yale School of Music


Edward Marschilok – Schenectady Symphony Orchestra


Bryn Coveney – Curtis Institute of Music
Reese Farnell  – Yale School of Music, University of Texas at Austin
Sheryl Hadeka – New Mexico Philharmonic, Southern Methodist University
Craig Hubbard – Yale School of Music


Aaron Plourde – The Juilliard School
Mikio Sasaki – Yale School of Music, The Juilliard School


Myles Blakemore – Manhattan School of Music, Southern Methodist Univeristy
Mary Tyler – Northwestern University

Bass Trombone

Andre Prouty – Northwestern University, The Juilliard School


Garrett Arney – Ensemble ACJW, arx duo, Yale School of Music
Mari Yoshinaga – arx duo, Yale School of Music, Curtis Institute of Music


Sung-Soo Cho – Cleveland Institute of Music
Jacob Ertl – Assistant Professor of Piano; Nazareth College, Eastman School of Music
Esther Park – Assistant Professor; East Tennessee State University, Yale School of Music
Wei-Han Wu – Eastman School of Music



Nigel Armstrong – The Curtis Institute of Music, The Colburn School
Niv Ashkenazi – The Juilliard School
Stanichka Dimitrova – PhiloSonia, The Juilliard School
Nicole Jeong – Stony Brook University, The Juilliard School
Eunice Keem – Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Mellon University
Hye Jin Koh – New World Symphony, Yale School of Music
Barbora Kolarova – Lincoln Center Stage, Manhattan International Artists, Malaysian Philharmonic
Avi Nagin – New Haven Symphony, Norwalk Symphony, Yale School of Music
Tosca Opdam – The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music
Hajnal Pivnick – Violin Instructor; Opus 118 Harlem School, Carnegie Mellon University
Megan Prokes – Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Carnegie Mellon University
Colin Sorgi – SONAR New Music Ensemble, National Philharmonic, Peabody Conservatory
Ryan Truby – Yale School of Music, Cegep du Vieux Montreal, Conservatoire de Musique de Montreal
Jiazhi Wang – Yale School of Music, Bard College
Yezu Woo – Shattered Glass Ensemble, NY in Chuncheon Festival, Manhattan School of Music, The Juilliard School


Andrew Griffin – ALKALI, Shepherd School of Music
Andrew Gonzalez – The Juilliard School
David Mason – The Orchestra Now, Yale School of Music
Lauren Nelson – Boston Baroque, New England Conservatory, Eastman School of Music
Yumi Oshima – Symphony in C, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Albany Symphony
Damon Taheri – Manhattan School of Music


Mia Barcia-Colombo – Peabody Conservatory, USC Thornton School of Music
Ari Evan – The Juilliard School, Northwestern University
Nicholas Finch – Louisville Orchestra, The Juilliard School, Harvard University
Kimberly Jeong – Royal Conservatory at the Hagye, Yale School of Music
Richard Narroway – The Juilliard School
Schuyler Slack – Richmond Symphony, Cleveland Institute of Music

Double Bass

Nathaniel Chase – Yale School of Music
Dorian Jackman – Owensboro Symphony, Evansville Philharmonic, Indiana Jacobs School of Music
Rick Robinson – Classical Revolution Detroit, CutTime Productions, Detroit Symphony Orchestra



David Ludwig – Composition Faculty; Curtis Institute of Music
Paul Mortila – Indiana Jacobs School of Music, Frost School of Music
Charles Peck – Cincinatti College-Conservatory of Music, Drexel University
Du Yun – Composition Faculty; SUNY Purchase


Ensembles in Residence

arx duo – Garret Arney, Mari Yoshinaga
Mako – Alex Seaver, Logan Light

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Recording and Production

Lewis Salamone

Video Production
Allport Production Studios International
Christopher M. Allport, motion picture & audio director
Bob MacColl, camera operator
Juan Armijos, camera operator
Jennifer Cannon, theatrical backdrop
Bruce Allport, theatrical backdrop
Kristy Sproul, production support


Arts Administration

Caleb Eick
Sara Friel
Alexandra Greene

Head Librarian

Christine Wisch

Assistant Orchestral Librarian

Sheryl Hadeka

Development Assistant 

Cory Austin-Avon

Graphic Design 

Colin Sorgi