José "Peppie" Calvar, assistant professor of music and assistant director of choral activities in the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ Rose, Jules R. and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music, has been selected to represent the United States through the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) as a conducting fellow for the 2017 International Conductors Exchange Program (ICEP) - ICEP of the Americas.
The ACDA ICEP is committed to leading the world in the creation of opportunities for intercultural and artistic dialogue with choral communities from around the world. It is an ongoing exchange program for emerging leaders from the U.S. and their international counterparts to interact with choruses and choral musicians from one another’s respective countries. In 2017, ICEP of the Americas will oversee professional residencies for a total of 32 conductors from the U.S., Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala and Mexico.
Calvar’s duties include directing the Hendricks Chapel Choir and teaching choral literature, conducting and music theory. A frequent guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator, he has worked at Music Educators Associations in New York, Pennsylvania and North Carolina and at high schools, colleges, churches and civic organizations nationwide. An accomplished composer, Calvar has received commissions from the New York State Council for the Arts, the Syracuse Children’s Chorus, the Charlotte Symphony and the Firebird Arts Alliance, among others.