Peppie Calvar is Assistant Professor and the Assistant Director of Choral Activities at the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University. His duties include directing the Hendricks Chapel Choir, teaching music theory, and choral literature. His first performance of Holidays at Hendricks was broadcast on WCNY and its radio and television affiliates throughout the region. Dr. Calvar holds degrees from the University of South Carolina, Georgia State University and East Carolina University. He performs frequently as a baritone both as a soloist and as a chorister.
Recent highlights include singing for high Mass at The Vatican, the Society for New Music, and Blessed Sacrament Church in Hollywood CA. A frequent guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator, he has worked most recently Music Educators Associations in New York, Pennsylvania and North Carolina, and high schools, colleges, churches and civic organizations nationwide. He has performed as a percussionist before the American Bandmasters Association, as a member of Central Winds, and as a soloist for the Charlotte Symphony. He has collaborated in Jazz recordings as a vocalist, percussionist and pianist. An accomplished composer, he has received commissions from the Syracuse Children’s Chorus, and the Charlotte Symphony, and The Firebird Arts Alliance among others.
Many of his choral compositions are published by Colla Voce Publications and performed worldwide. His recording of his Mass of Reconciliation for chorus, soloists and jazz orchestra is currently available on CDBaby and other digital music retailers. He annually serves as reader for the AP exam in Music Theory and recently served as producer on the premiere recording of Antonio Lotti’s Gloria No. 1, a collaboration between the VOX Choral Ensemble and the NC Baroque Orchestra. Calvar is an active member of NAfME, NCMEA and NYSSMA as well as ACDA and ASCAP.