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Rosen-Schaffel Competition

for Young and Emerging Artists


The 2020 Competition will be held during the 2020 season of An Appalachian Summer Festival on Thursday, July 2, at 6pm in Rosen Concert Hall at the Broyhill Music Center (813 Rivers Street, Boone, NC), on the campus of Appalachian State University.

Finalists will be selected by a panel of jurors during the preliminary round in the spring of 2020.

Competition Prizes

FIRST PLACE WINNER will receive a cash prize of $2,000, as well as an invitation to perform during the Festival season following the competition. A First Place Winner is not eligible to return for future competitions.

SECOND PLACE WINNER will receive a cash prize of $1,500. Should the First Place Winner be unable to perform during the following Festival season, the Second Place Winner will be invited to fulfill this engagement.

THIRD PLACE WINNER will receive a cash prize of $1,000.  

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD WINNER will receive a cash prize of $1,000.

AFFILIATE STUDIO PRIZE: $1,000 will be awarded to the studio of primary instruction, made payable to the institution, that provided the First Place Winner's eligibility to participate in the competition. 

ALL OTHER FINALISTS will receive a cash prize of $300.

Please note: All prizewinners must complete appropriate IRS (Internal Revenue Service) forms to receive disbursement of prize monies. Payments of $1,500 or more may be subject to North Carolina or Federal withholding.

Prize Award eligibility is conditional upon authorization for employment in the United States, or otherwise eligible to receive payment under state and federal laws.

Jury Process

2018 Competition winner with judges. From left to right: Roger Kalia, Robert Moody, Gerard Schwarz, Morgan Short and Jacomo Bairos.

2018 Competition winner with judges. From left to right: Roger Kalia, Robert Moody, Gerard Schwarz, Morgan Short and Jacomo Bairos.

A panel of distinguished musicians and collegiate educators will serve as jurors for the preliminary round. Based on recordings submitted, jurors will select the overall top 6 applicants via a blind adjudication process to compete at a public event held as part of An Appalachian Summer Festival's 2020 season. In the event that one of the finalists selected cannot compete in the final round, 2 alternates will be named.

In the final live round of the competition, a panel of prominent symphony conductors will select a First Place, Second Place and Third Place Winner. The decision of the judges is final. In addition, the competition audience will select an “Audience Choice Award Winner.”

2019 Competition Judges (Previous Year)

José-Luis Novo, conductor

José-Luis Novo

José-Luis Novo

One of Spain's most promising conductors, José-Luis Novo is music director and conductor of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (ASO) in Maryland and recently concluded an impressive 13-year tenure as music director and conductor of the Binghamton Philharmonic in New York state. Prior to these appointments, he served as assistant conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under both music director emeritus Jesús López-Cobos and former music director Paavo Järvi, and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra under the late Erich Kunzel. He has been on EMF’s Conducting Faculty since 1999.

Recent and upcoming guest conducting engagements include debut appearances with the Rochester Philharmonic, the Alexandria and South Bend Symphony Orchestras and return appearances with the Thailand Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony, the Fresno Philharmonic, Symphoria and a Kimmel Center debut in Philadelphia conducting the Curtis Institute Orchestra. Other guest conducting engagements have included, among others, appearances with the Symphony Silicon Valley; the Minnesota Orchestra; the Syracuse, Modesto, Windsor, Stamford, Tulsa and Tallahassee Symphonies; the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra; the Cleveland and Abilene Philharmonics and most of the major Spanish orchestras.

Novo has also developed a reputation as a keen educator of young musicians. He has held conducting positions with the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, Miami University Symphony Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Spain and the Yale Symphony Orchestra, and he is the newly appointed Interim Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Maryland School of Music, College Park. In addition, he has conducted many noteworthy college and youth orchestras such as the Curtis Institute Orchestra, the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, the Bard Conservatory Orchestra, the Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra and the Portuguesa State Youth Orchestra of the Venezuelan El Sistema.

Novo was featured in the League of American Orchestra's Symphony magazine in Podium Powers, an article about emerging Hispanic conductors in the U.S. He holds music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Yale University and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels and is the recipient of a 2010 Annie Award in Performing Arts from the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, a 2008 American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Adventurous Programming Award and a 2005 Broome County Arts Council Heart of the Arts Award.

Roger Kalia, conductor

Roger Kalia

Roger Kalia

Hailed as a conductor who leads with “passionate intensity” and recognized as “one to watch,” Roger Kalia is one of America’s most exciting young conductors.  A three-time recipient (2018, 2017, 2013) of The Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, Kalia is currently in his first season as Music Director of Orchestra Santa Monica.  Kalia was recently promoted to the position of Associate Conductor of Pacific Symphony  after serving as its Assistant Conductor for three seasons.   He will also continue his role as Music Director of the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra.  Kalia also serves as Co-Founder and Music Director of the Lake George Music Festival in upstate New York, which was recently featured in the League of American Orchestra’s Symphony Magazine as one of the premier summer classical music festivals in the country.

Upcoming and recent engagements include the Szczecin Philharmonic (Poland), Wheeling Symphony, Spokane Symphony, Savannah Philharmonic, Evansville Philharmonic, Symphony New Hampshire, Lima Symphony Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony, Bakersfield Symphony, Camarada Chamber Orchestra, Great Falls Symphony, Owensboro Symphony, Boise Philharmonic, and Adrian Symphony, as well as the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center and Chicago Sinfonietta at Symphony Hall.  He has also served as cover conductor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Kansas City Symphony and Indianapolis Symphony.  Kalia has 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.

Kalia 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.   He conducted the Memphis Symphony in 2011 after winning Second Prize in their International Conducting Competition, which led to his debut the following season and launched his professional career.  At the start of his career, he held conducting positions with the Charlotte Symphony, the Young Musicians Foundation (YMF) Debut Orchestra and the Columbus (IN) Symphony Orchestra.

Described as the region’s 21st-century “cultural renaissance” by Art in the Adirondacks and as a festival that “has a limitless horizon” by the Glens Falls Chronicle, Kalia serves as Co-Founder and Music Director of the Lake George Music Festival, whose distinguished musicians come from many of the finest orchestras and conservatories around the world.  Through its unique and innovative artistic collaborations and outreach, the festival was recently voted as the Best Annual Event by the City of Lake George, which has resulted in grants from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) and the New York State Council on the Arts.  In 2016, Kalia created a groundbreaking series called Sounds of Our Time, which highlights the connections between the popular music of our time and orchestral music through an innovative concert format featuring visuals, audience engagement, and multimedia.  The series has focused on a wide range of music by having the Festival Orchestra collaborate with EDM artists like MAKO and Balún as well as the genre-bending group PROJECT Trio. This series has gained national publicity by being featured in the League of American Orchestras The HubBroadway WorldEDMjoy, the Albany Times Union, and Saratoga Living.  The Festival Orchestra has been broadcasted on a variety of national radio programs including National Public Radio’s (NPR) Performance Today with Fred Child, WQXR-NY, and Classic FM.

Kalia started his career as Music Director of the YMF 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, the Los Angeles premiere of Michael Giacchino’s Star Trek Into Darkness, a Gala concert featuring Randy Newman at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, and a collaboration with the Angel City Chorale of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in celebration of Shakespeare’s 450th anniversary.  In addition, Kalia led the Debut Orchestra in the orchestra’s first-ever performance at the Our Lady of Angels Cathedral (the largest church in Los Angeles) in December 2012 for the Virgin of Guadalupe Festival with more than 2,000 people in attendance as well as being live-streamed worldwide.

Passionate about teaching the next generation of musicians, Kalia maintains a regular teaching relationship with The Colburn School, USC’s Thornton School of Music, and California State University at Fullerton. Kalia has worked with youth orchestras across the country, including the 2018 Missouri All-State Symphony Orchestra. As an educator, Kalia has created family and educational concerts for orchestras across the country in a variety of concert formats including the use of multimedia, semi-staged operas, and collaborations with groups such as Cirque de la Symphony, Orange County’s Festival Ballet Theater, speed painter Dan Dunn, the Magic Circle Mime Co., Really Inventive Stuff, and TV personality Randy Jackson.  In January 2018, Kalia was instrumental in creating Come Together, a side-by-side concert with the Camarada Chamber Orchestra that paired community musicians with professional musicians from across the southern California region.

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, among others.  Kalia also conducted the Orange County premiere of Austin Wintory’s Journey Suite with the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, the first-ever video game score to be nominated for a Grammy.

Kalia has held fellowships with the Chicago Sinfonietta as part of their Project Inclusion program, the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival with Robert Spano, the Conductors Guild Conductor/Composer Training Workshop at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music with Marin Alsop, the David Zinman International Conducting Masterclass with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, and the Kurt Masur Conducting Seminar at the Manhattan School of Music.  He holds degrees from Indiana University, the University of Houston and SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music.  At Indiana University, Kalia 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.

Born and raised in New York, Kalia resides in Southern California with his wife, musicologist/violinist Christine Wisch, and their dog Burney.

Robert Moody, conductor

Robert Moody

Robert Moody

Robert Moody begins his second full season as Music Director of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra in 2018/2019.  The MSO is on the launching-pad of an incredibly exciting new chapter in its history, and Maestro Moody is at the forefront of that artistic and structural growth.

Maestro Moody is also Music Director of the lauded Arizona Musicfest, boasting one of the finest festival orchesras in North America.  Members of the orchestra hail from the top orchestras in the world, including the Vienna and New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestra, Boston, Chicago and San Francisco Symphony, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

In 2018 Moody completed an 11-year tenure as Music Director for the Portland (Maine) Symphony, and thirteen-year tenure as Music Director of the Winston-Salem Symphony (NC). He led both organizations to unprecedented artistic heights, and both orchestras are now models of 21st Century regional orchestra success stories.

Recent and upcoming debuts for Maestro Moody include the Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Carolina, Vienna (Austria) Chamber Orchestra, Slovenian Philharmonic, and Columbus Symphony.  In 2019 he debuted with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (South Africa), and Orquestra Filharmónica Bogotá (Colombia).  Guest conducting appearances include the Chicago Symphony at Ravinia, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, in addition to the symphonies of Toronto, Houston, Indianapolis, Detroit, Seattle, Ft. Worth, San Antonio, Buffalo, Louisville, Slovenian Philharmonic, and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra.  Summer festival appearances include Santa Fe Opera, Spoleto Festival USA, Brevard Music Center, Sewanee Festival, Eastern Music Festival, PortOpera, as well as multiple return engagements with the Brevard Music Center, Oregon Bach, and Sewanee Festivals.

Equally at home in the opera pit, Moody began his career as apprentice conductor for the Landestheater Opera in Linz, Austria. He conducted early on at the opera companies of Santa Fe, Brevard Music Center, and Hilton Head Opera.  He also assisted on a production of Verdi Otelloat the Metropolitan Opera, conducted by Valery Gergiev, and at The English National Opera, where he was Assistant Conductor for Kurt Weill Street Scene.  He made his Washington National Opera and North Carolina Opera debuts in 2014, and conducted Bartok Bluebeard’s Castle, Leoncavallo I Pagliacci, and Poulenc Dialogues of the Carmelitesduring 2016-2017.   Debuts to rave reviews with Brevard Music Center for Weill Street Scene, Opera Carolina for Mozart Le Nozze di Figaroand Des Moines Metro Opera for J. Strauss Die Fledermauscame in 2017 and 2018.

Moody served as Associate, then Resident Conductor, of The Phoenix Symphony (AZ) from 1998 through 2006. There he conducted a wide variety of concerts, including Classics, Chamber, Pops, Family, Handel’s Messiah, and the New Year’s Eve gala.  Moody also founded The Phoenix Symphony Chorus, and for seven years was Music Director of the Phoenix Symphony Youth Orchestra.  Prior to Phoenix, Moody served as Associate Conductor for the Evansville (IN) Philharmonic Orchestra, and Music Director (and founder) of the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. 

Moody is a champion of the works of his close friend Mason Bates, now Composer-in-Residence with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and prior in the same role with the Chicago Symphony.  Moody commissioned/conducted Bates’ first full orchestral composition, and has been instrumental in the commissioning and premiere performances of several of Bates’ important major works for orchestra.

Moody’s work can be heard on several commercially released compact disc recordings. He collaborated with the Canadian Brass for their Bach and Legends CDs; he is also the conductor for the CD Fourth World, highlighting the music of Native American recording artist R. Carlos Nakai (available on the Canyon Record label); and in 2010, the Winston-Salem Symphony released their performance (live from 2009) of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. A DVD of Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with Arizona Musicfest was released in 2012.  Recently, he was honored to conduct on the “Cancer Blows” concert with Ryan Anthony, members of the Dallas Symphony, and a host of trumpet luminaries, to aid the fight against Multiple Myloma. CD and DVD recordings of that live concert, held in Dallas, TX in March 2015, are available for purchase.

An avid runner and snow skier, Moody is active in his communities.  He has served on the boards of the YMCA, AIDs Care Services, WDAV Classical Radio, and the Charlotte Master Chorale.