by Chris Davis
It was like American Idol. But for conductors.
Roger Kalia, a native of New York and music director of the Columbus Symphony in Indiana took the second prize.
The three winners split over $11,000 in prize money and in October the three will return to Memphis to conduct pieces by Dvorak, Hindemith and Ravel with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.
UPDATE: I've temporarily made these videos private. The musician's union only allows two minute clips, so I need to edit these down a bit. I don't know why I thought the competition would be different. Duh. Sorry.