Principal Conductor

Preeminent musician, conductor and educator Roger Kaza has accepted the appointment of Principal Conductor of the Metropolitan Orchestra of Saint Louis, effective Summer 2023.

Kaza has primary responsibility for shaping and implementing the orchestra’s artistic and educational mission and will take the podium for the annual Fall and Spring music performances.

Currently principal horn of the St. Louis Symphony, Kaza has previously held positions in the Houston and Boston Symphonies, where he was principal horn of the Boston Pops under John Williams. Kaza studied conducting under Leonard Slatkin, Murry Sidlin and Gunther Schuller, and currently conducts and coaches with the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of St. Louis, and has worked as cover conductor for the St. Louis Symphony. Early in his career he founded the Clayton-Ladue Chamber Orchestra, and during his years with the Houston Symphony directed the IMPACT Chamber Orchestra, an outreach ensemble playing concerts in schools, homeless shelters and retirement homes. Kaza is the third conductor to take the helm of the Metropolitan Orchestra of Saint Louis. He follows Conductor Laureate and Founding Music Director Allen Carl Larson, and most recently, Conductor Emerita Wendy Lea, who announced her retirement in Fall 2022.

Kaza Shares His Vision for MOSL

“I am deeply honored to have been selected Principal Conductor of MOSL,” said Kaza, “and I am excited to work with the talented and dedicated musicians who take the stage for our concerts—both professionals and students. My vision, moving forward, is to enhance the high level of performance which MOSL has demonstrated since its beginnings over a decade ago. In addition, my goal is to further develop the educational and mentoring collaboratives with music teachers and students, such as our “Sharing the Stand” program, which pairs select student musicians with seasoned professionals to hone the students’ skills and performance opportunities.”

Kaza’s commitment to MOSL’s education initiatives like “Sharing the Stand” and his devotion to developing young musicians are central to his vision for the orchestra.

Roger Kaza is the third conductor to take the helm of the Metropolitan Orchestra of Saint Louis. He follows founding director Allen Carl Larson, and most recently, conductor Wendy Lea, who announced her retirement in Fall 2022.