A native of Hawaii Calvin taught violin and string classes for over 35 years on the East and West Coasts of the U.S. He served on the faculties of North Carolina School of the Arts, Forsyth County Public School String Program and Salem College in Winston-Salem NC. Calvin was on the faculty of Paul Rolland String Pedagogy Workshops in North Carolina and Atlanta GA and recently at ASU on Tempe, AZ. In San Francisco he worked with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki and began a private studio using Rolland and Suzuki approaches to string playing. Calvin served as conductor and String Education Specialist for the Golden Gate Orchestras Inc., past President of the Suzuki Association of Northern California, and a founding member of the San Francsico Chamber Players.
Graduating with a Masters Degree in String Pedagogy Calvin studied with Paul Rolland world known for his approach to string playing through freedom of motion. At the Univ. of North Carolina-Greensboro Calvin also worked together with Dr. Marla Mutschler co-author of The Teaching of Action in String Playing by Rolland. In California Calvin also studied violin with Roy Malan, Concermaster of San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, jazz with David Baker, Darol Anger, David Balakrishnan and Julian Smedley of the Hot Club of San Francisco.
Calvin is a performing member of the Callisto String Quartet, Blind Lemon Pledge Blues Band, The Billy Boys Country Band, Blue Ambiance Jazz Ensemble, Left Coast Special Cajun Band. Currently he is Music Director of the Mission Dolores String Program, faculty of Crowden Music School and runs the Murasaki Violin Studio. Calvin continues to teach and coach string players with body freedom motions avoiding RMI, physical tension and pain. From spirit he works with the "Spirit of the Child Within" from the prenatal third-trimester to 80-year old seniors and to those ready to leave life. Many of his students have gone to Julliard, Oberlin, Boston Conservatory etc. and the non-music majors are playing in their community orchestras across the country. He works with compassion understanding and support.
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