Professor of Clarinet
University of South Florida
Sarasota Opera Orchestra
Praised for his \"great skill and captivating sound\" by Clariperu, American clarinetist Calvin Falwell enjoys a varied career as an orchestral musician, soloist and educator. Calvin is a member of the Artist Faculty of the University of South Florida School of Music and is a member of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra in Sarasota, FL. During the summer months he can be found performing with the Ash Lawn Opera Festival in Charlottesville, VA.
Prior to his current appointments, Calvin held positions with the Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Calvin has also appeared with the Louisville Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, Sarasota Orchestra, Opera Tampa, Opera Naples, Palm Beach Symphony, Pittsburgh Opera Theater and Symphony in C (formerly Haddonfield Symphony). Additionally, Calvin has toured internationally with the Hollywood Concert Orchestra. Calvin has also served on the faculties of Holy Family University, Wilmington University, Hartwick College Music Festival, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and AMEROPA Chamber Music Festival.
In addition to his orchestral positions, Calvin has enjoyed performing as a soloist in both recital and orchestral settings. Calvin has had the privilege of premiering two bass clarinet concertos by Todd Goodman and Joseph Hallman. In November 2012 Calvin will give the premiere of Fine Tune for Bass Clarinet and Percussion Ensemble by composer David Thomas. Solo appearances have included recitals in South America, China, Europe and the US.
His principal teachers and mentors include Paul Demers (Philadelphia Orchestra), Ron Samuels (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra), Tim Zavadil (Minnesota Orchestra), Dallas Tidwell (Louisville Orchestra), Daniel Lochrie (Nashville Symphony) and Scott Locke (Murray State University). Both Calvin\'s BM and MM are in Clarinet Performance and are from the University of Louisville and Duquesne University respectively.
Calvin is both a Selmer Paris and Rico Performing Artist, performing on Selmer Clarinets and Rico Reeds exclusively.
Calvin lives in Tampa, FL with his wife Kerry Falwell, son Zachary and their two cats Ronald & Callie.
Paul Demers, Ron Samuels, Tim Zavadil, Richard Page and Dallas Tidwell.
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