Calvin Falwell, Clarinet
Praised for his “great skill and captivating sound” by Clariperu, American clarinetist Calvin Falwell is quickly becoming a sought after soloist and chamber music collaborator. His performances have garnered praise from critics and audiences around the world. A true champion of new music, Calvin has had the privilege of premiering numerous works for both clarinet and bass clarinet including works by Todd Goodman, David Thomas, Max Lifchitz, Suzanne Polak, Bradford Blackburn, Paul Reller, David Stock and Joseph Hallman.
As a soloist he has developed an extensive repertoire for bass clarinet. Solo appearances include concerto performances with the McCormick Percussion Group, West Chester Percussion Ensemble, South Florida Symphony, Beaver Valley Philharmonic and contemporary ensembles in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Louisville. Recent tours have taken him to South America, China and Europe.
As an orchestral musician Calvin held positions with the Sarasota Opera Orchestra and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Calvin has also appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet, Florida Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Green Mountain Opera and Pittsburgh Opera Theater among others. Additionally, Calvin has toured internationally with the Hollywood Concert Orchestra. Former faculty appointments include The College of New Jersey, Holy Family University, Wilmington University, Hartwick College Music Festival, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and AMEROPA Chamber Music Festival.
Currently, Calvin holds the 3rd/Bass Clarinet chair with the Sarasota Orchestra in Sarasota, FL and is on faculty at the University of South Florida where he teaches in the School of Music and the USF Honors College. During the summer months can be found performing with the Charlottesville Opera Festival in Virginia.
Constantly in demand as a clinician, Calvin has presented masterclasses at ClariFest Guatemala, the Potsdam Clarinet Summit, University of Evansville Clarinet Workshop, ClariBogota, ClariSax Medellin, Gutape Festival, Shanghai Grand Theater, University of Louisville, University of Tampa, Florida Southern College, University of Central Florida, Murray State University, Belmont University, Bethune-Cookman University, SUNY Potsdam, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Universidad Distrital, Universidad Corpas and the National Conservatory de Colombia,
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 Buffet Group USA and D’Addario Woodwind Performing Artist, performing on Buffet Clarinets and D’Addario Reeds exclusively.
Calvin lives in Florida with his wife Kerry Falwell, son Zachary and their two cats Ronald & Callie. When not playing Clarinet Calvin is an avid cyclist and races for Team Outspokin.