Conductors

  •   Christopher Warren-Green, Music Director

    • Working extensively in the US, Christopher Warren-Green is currently Music Director of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and a frequent guest of orchestras including the Minnesota Orchestra and Houston Symphony - both of which he conducts this season. Other key North American engagements have included The Philadelphia Orchestra and Washington's National Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Saint Louis, Toronto, Detroit, Milwaukee, Seattle and Vancouver Symphony orchestras.
       
      As Music Director and Principal Conductor of the London Chamber Orchestra, Warren-Green is dedicated to the promotion of new works and the established chamber orchestra repertoire. Passionate about music education, he plays a key role in Music Junction, a ground-breaking project where young people from very different backgrounds work together to create mutual empathy and connection through music-making.

      Warren-Green works regularly with the Orchestre National de Belgique and this season he joins the orchestra on tour. He also returns to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and makes his debut with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra. He has previously worked with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National, Iceland Symphony, KBS Symphony, Sapporo Symphony, RTÉ National Symphony, Zürcher Kammerorchester and Beethoven Orchester Bonn.
       
      A regular conductor at summer festivals, Warren-Green appeared at the Istanbul Music Festival in June 2014. Previous festival engagements have included the Three Choirs and Lichfield festivals with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Boston Summer Arts Weekend Festival, International Music Festival 'Chopin and his Europe' with Sinfonia Varsovia and the Enescu Festival.
       
      Over the last thirty years Christopher Warren-Green has been personally invited to conduct for the Royal Family on many occasions. In April 2011 he conducted the London Chamber Orchestra during the marriage ceremony of HRH The Duke of Cambridge and HRH The Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey, which was broadcast to a global audience of two billion. Other notable occasions have included Her Majesty The Queen's 80th birthday celebrations at Kew Palace and HRH The Prince of Wales' 60th birthday concert.
       
      Warren-Green's previous orchestral appointments have included Principal Conductor of the Athens Camerata (Resident Orchestra of the Megaron) and Chief Conductor of both the Nordiska Kammar Orkestern and Jönköpings Sinfonietta. He has recorded extensively for Sony, Phillips, Virgin EMI, Chandos and Deutsche Grammophon, and also records with the London Chamber Orchestra for Signum Classics. Christopher Warren-Green is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music. 
        
      Warren-Green makes his home in Charlotte, North Carolina with wife, violinist Rosemary Furniss.


  • Scott Allen Jarrett, Director of Choruses and Assistant Conductor

    • Scott Allen Jarrett is Music Director of the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte, the official chorus of the Charlotte Symphony. A resident of Boston, Jarrett travels to North Carolina weekly for rehearsals with the Oratorio Singers, preparing and leading the chorus for their appearances with the Symphony throughout the season.

      In Boston, Dr. Jarrett serves as Director of Music at Boston University's Marsh Chapel, where his appointment includes faculty posts in the School of Theology and in the School of Music. Also in Boston, he is the Music Director of the Back Bay Chorale, one of New England's leading volunteer choruses.

      With the Oratorio Singers, and his ensembles in Boston, Dr. Jarrett will lead performances  during the 2010-2011 season of Haydn's Die Schöpfung, Schumann's Das Paradies und die Peri, the Howells Requiem, Messiah, the Rachmaninoff Vespers, and the Verdi Requiem. Regarded for his interpretations of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Dr. Jarrett will conduct performance of cantatas 34, 170, 171, 62, the Orchestral Suite in B Minor, the Christmas Oratorio, and the St. Matthew Passionthis season in Boston.

      A native of Virginia, Scott Allen Jarrett holds degrees from Furman University (Greenville, SC) and Boston University, where he received his masters and doctoral degrees in conducting. As a pianist, Jarrett accompanied rehearsals for the late Robert Shaw during his Boston visits, and served as rehearsal accompanist for the Carnegie Hall Choral Workshop  with Charles Dutoit. He is a member of the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus, and a frequent keyboard collaborator with Miami-based Seraphic Fire.


  • Ernest Pereira, Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestras Music Director

    • The Symphony Guild of Charlotte Endowed Chair and Conductor of the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestras, Dr. Ernest Pereira has vigorously improved and expanded the two ensembles over the past twenty years, leading the CSYO in performances at Charlotte's Festival in the Park and Summer Pops at Symphony Park, as well as the prestigious venues of Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston, SC, and Carnegie Hall in New York, NY. He has guest conducted the Charlotte Civic Orchestra and has appeared on several local chamber music series as either a violinist or conductor. For a number of years, Dr. Pereira was featured at the Charlotte Symphony's annual Youth Festival, conducting the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra as well as the combined professional and youth orchestras.

      He currently co-directs, with Dr. Paul Nitsch, the Fun with Chamber Music program for youth at Queens University of Charlotte. Students from his orchestra and private teaching studio have gone on to major in music at noted conservatories and universities, including the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, University of Texas at Austin, the Yale School of Music, the Peabody Institute at the Johns Hopkins University, Oberlin College, North Carolina School of the Arts, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Vanderbilt University.

      A native of South Africa, Dr. Pereira received his early training in violin in Pretoria from Walter Mony and Alan Solomon and holds Teacher and Performer Licentiates from the University of South Africa. He studied in this country with David Cerone, graduating as valedictorian from the Cleveland Institute of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1981 and a Master of Music degree in 1982. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Texas in 1987, studying with Vincent Frittelli. Dr. Pereira served as Concertmaster of both the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra as well as the University of Texas Orchestra and conducted the University of Texas String Project Orchestra. Since 1985, Dr. Pereira has been a member of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared frequently as a soloist and chamber musician in the United States, South Africa, and Namibia and has soloed with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and the Charlotte Civic Orchestra. He believes strongly in educating young musicians and maintains an active and successful violin studio.

  •   Albert-George Schram, Guest Conductor

    • Albert-George Schram returns for his thirteenth season to conduct the Charlotte Symphony. In addition, he has led the Symphony's highly acclaimed Summer Pops at SouthPark in June of each summer since 2001 and opened the Symphony's new permanent summer home at Symphony Park in June 2002.

      Under his leadership, the Charlotte Symphony has collaborated with such outstanding musical artists as Art Garfunkel, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, Dianne Reeves, Olivia Newton-John, Bernadette Peters, José Feliciano, the Four Tops, Kathy Mattea, the United States Naval Academy Men's Glee Club, Michael Feinstein, The Temptations, and the late Ray Charles.

      Schram, a native of the Netherlands, has served as the Nashville Symphony's Resident Conductor since the 2006- 07 opening season of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. He is responsible for programming and guest artist selection for the Bank of America Pops series, as well as building and maintaining that series' audience base. In addition, he leads select classical, education, and other special concerts throughout the season.

      He also has served as Staff Conductor of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in Ohio since 1979 and has become an audience favorite for all series, including Classical subscriptions, Pops, and summer season concerts.

      Schram was Music Director and Conductor of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra from 1994 to 2000. From 1990 to 1996, Schram served as Resident Conductor of the Louisville Orchestra, and he was appointed Resident Conductor of the former Florida Philharmonic Orchestra beginning with the 2002/03 season.

      In 2008 Schram was invited to conduct the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional of Bolivia in La Paz and the Orquesta Sinfónica Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina. Other foreign conducting engagements have included the KBS Symphony Orchestra in Seoul in live televised concerts, Korea's Taegu Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra der Allgemeinen Musikgesellschaft Luzern in Switzerland, among others. He has made return appearances in his native Holland to conduct the Netherlands Radio Orchestra and the Netherlands Broadcast Orchestra.

      In the United States, his guest appearances include the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Spokane Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Nashville Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Lubbock Symphony, Allentown Symphony, Mansfield Symphony, and Ballet Metropolitan, among others.

      Schram's studies have been largely in the European tradition under the tutelage of Franco Ferrara at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy; Rafael Kubelik in Luzern, Switzerland; Abraham Kaplan in Seattle, Washington; and Neeme Järvi in Hilversum, Netherlands. He received the majority of his initial training at the Conservatory of The Hague in the Netherlands. He later moved to Canada to undertake studies at the Universities of Calgary and Victoria. His training was completed at the University of Washington where he earned the Doctorate of Musical Arts. During his studies, he frequently conducted the orchestral, festival, and choral ensembles of those universities.

      Schram resides in Florida with his wife Debbie and their children Natalia, Galen, and Gabriel. And please call him George!

  •   Roger Kalia, Assistant Conductor

    • Winner of the 2013 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, Roger Kalia has been hailed as a conductor who conducts with "vigor" and "commitment" (Charlotte Observer) and for bringing a
      "fresh view to classical music" (The Republic).  He began his tenure as Assistant Conductor of the Charlotte Symphony in September 2013 and he is in his third and final season as Music Director of
      the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra of Los Angeles.  During the 2014-2015 season, Mr. Kalia will guest conduct the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra as well as serving as guest cover conductor for the Indianapolis Symphony.
       
      As Assistant Conductor of the Charlotte Symphony, Mr. Kalia conducts a variety of performances including Family, Education, Outreach and Parks concerts.  Covering almost every subscription
      concert, he has assisted Music Director Christopher Warren-Green and many visiting artists including Itzhak Perlman and Stephen Hough.  In February 2015 he will make his debut on the innovative Knight Sounds series as well as his Pops series debut with the Noel Friedline Trio.  Mr. Kalia frequently collaborates with the Charlotte Ballet, including more than a dozen performances of The Nutcracker every December, and is an ardent proponent of collaborations with dancers, visual artists, and the use of technology to enhance the concert experience.  He regularly leads pre-concert conversations and has been featured on Charlotte's WBTV.
       
      As a recipient of the BMI/Lionel Newman Conducting Scholarship and YMF Conducting Grant,
      Mr. Kalia has led the Debut Orchestra in a variety of repertoire from Mozart through music by
      leading video game composers.  Winner of YMF's 2012 National Conductor Search, he follows in
      the footsteps of such illustrious conductors as Michael Tilson-Thomas, Andre Previn, and Myung
      Whun Chung.  Highlights from his first two seasons include three world premieres, collaborations
      with violinist Glenn Dicterow and pianist Misha Dichter at UCLA's Royce Hall, a production of
      Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale with actors Jack Black and Michael Lerner at the Los Angeles County
      Museum of Art, a unique concert titled "Gamer Jams: Music Behind the Screen" featuring music by
      leading video game composers at the Ford Theater, and the orchestra's debut performance at the
      Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels "Virgin of Guadalupe" Celebration, which was televised and
      streamed worldwide. 
       
      As co-founder and Music Director of the Lake George Music Festival, Mr. Kalia conducts the Lake
      George Festival Orchestra and chamber ensembles every summer in upstate New York.  The first
      classical music festival of its kind in Lake George, the orchestra brings together young professionals
      and current students from many prestigious institutions including the Czech Philharmonic
      Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the symphonies of Atlanta, Charlotte, Richmond, Kansas
      City, New World, Dallas, Boise, Detroit, San Antonio, and the premier conservatories in the nation
      including the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, and the Eastman School of Music.  The
      orchestra has been featured on a variety of radio programs including NPR's Performance Today with
      Fred Child.  For the upcoming season, Mr. Kalia has designed a Family Concert series as well as a
      Late Night Concert series for young professionals. 
       
      Mr. Kalia has been invited to some of the most distinguished music festivals and competitions
      around the world including fellowships to the Aspen Music Festival's American Academy of
      Conducting, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and the St. Magnus Festival in Scotland.  In
      2011 he won Second Prize at the Memphis Symphony International Conducting Competition, which
      led to his debut with the orchestra the following season.  That same year David Zinman invited him
      to work with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich in his international conducting masterclass
      at the Zurich Festspiele.  In 2013, Mr. Kalia participated in the Kurt Masur Conducting Seminar at
      the Manhattan School of Music and was also invited to serve as a guest cover conductor with the St.
      Louis Symphony. 
       
      Mr. Kalia has worked with orchestras across North America and Europe including the Fort Worth
      Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Royal
      Scottish National Orchestra, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Festival Orchestra of Sofia, Chelsea
      Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra de Cadaques, and the Bohuslav Martinu Philarhmonic Orchestra,
      among others.  He has also served on jury panels for prestigious competitions including the 2013
      Spotlight Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the 2014 Rosen-Schaffel Competition at
      Appalachian State University.
       
      An enthusiastic advocate of contemporary music, Mr. Kalia has commissioned and programmed
      more than 100 works by some of America's brightest and innovative composers including Mason
      Bates, Michael Daugherty, David Lang, Aaron Jay Kernis, and Paul Chihara, among others.  With
      the Debut Orchestra, he has worked closely with acclaimed film and television composers such as
      John Williams, Ed Shearmur, Michael Levine, Alex Wurman, Greg Edmonson, and Austin Wintory. 
      He recently commissioned a work by composer Paul Dooley with the Debut Orchestra, which was
      aided by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.  At the 2013 Lake George Music
      Festival, he led the world premiere of Brenden Faegre's The Brightness of Light, in honor of Georgia
      O'Keefe's legacy in Lake George.  He also helped create and conducted on the "Double Exposure"
      series at Indiana University, which was a unique collaboration between composers and film students
      where live music is performed to silent films.  Of his conducting at the 2009 St. Magnus Festival
      with the Psappha New Music Ensemble, "Lewis used complex groupings and cross rhythms that
      propelled the players through the piece--fortunately Kalia was masterful in allowing it freedom but
      keeping it under control" (St. Magnus Festival Blog).
       
      A native of New York, Mr. Kalia completed his work as a Doctoral Conducting Fellow at Indiana University, where he was 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, and he has undertaken additional studies with Franz Welser-Moest, David Zinman, Kurt Masur, Robert Spano, Marin Alsop, Hugh Wolff, Gustav Meier, and Larry Rachleff.
       
      For more information, please visit www.roger-kalia.com

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