Calvin Wiersma, violinist, is Assistant Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at Ithaca College. He was the creator of the Music program and initial Music Department chair at the Bard High School Early College, an innovative New York City Public School for gifted students, was chamber music coordinator for the Russian American Youth Orchestra, and has been on the faculties of the Purchase Conservatory of Music, the Lawrence Conservatory of Music, Florida State University, Brandeis University, and the Longy School of Music. He has conducted clinics and master classes throughout the world, has been on the Faculties of several summer programs including Greenwood and Manchester Music, and has been an artist in residence at numerous institutions, including Middlebury College, Colgate University, the California Summer Arts Program, the Smolny Institute in Moscow, Russia, and the Institute for Chamber Music in Khiryat Shemona, Israel.
In addition to his teaching activities, Mr. Wiersma appears throughout the world as a soloist and chamber musician. He is a member of the Manhattan String Quartet, was a founding member of the Meliora Quartet, winner of the Naumberg, Fischoff, Coleman, and Cleveland Quartet competitions, and the Quartet-in-Residence of the Spoleto Festivals of the U.S., Italy, and Australia, and was also a founding member of the Figaro Trio. He has performed numerous solo recitals, including appearances in Boston, New York, and Chicago, and has appeared with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, The Concerto Company of Boston, and the Lawrence Symphony, among others.
In addition to his worldwide touring with the MSQ, Mr. Wiersma is a frequent performer with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and performs regularly with chamber music ensembles around the country. In recent seasons he has performed with the Da Camera Society of Houston, the Brandenburg All Stars, the Sea Cliff Chamber Players, The Festival Chamber Music Society, The Chamber Music Society of New Hope, the Carnegie Chamber Players, and Close Encounters with Music. Mr. Wiersma has been heard at many summer Chamber Music Festivals including the Aspen Music Festival and the Vancouver, Rockport, Bard, Portland, Crested Butte, North Country, Central Vermont, New Hope, Interlochen, An Appalachian Summer, Cape May, and Music Mountain Festivals.
A noted performer of contemporary music, Mr. Wiersma is a member of Cygnus and the Lochrian Chamber Ensemble, and has appeared with Speculum Musicae, Ensemble 21, Parnassus, Ensemble Sospeso, and the New York New Music Ensemble. He has commissioned countless works both with these ensembles and for solo violin, has toured extensively with Steve Reich and Ensemble 21, and has been featured in solo performances for the International League of Composers of Music. His recently completed recordings include Jacob Druckman's Third String Quartet for Philomusica, a recording of Elliott Carter's Syringa, Swan Song by Milton Babbitt, Harold Meltzer’s Brion with the Cygnus Ensemble, a recording of chamber music of Nils Vigeland, and an album of Chamber Music of Stephen Foster with flutist Paula Robison.
Mr. Wiersma is a graduate of Oberlin College, where he studied with Marilyn McDonald, and the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with and was the teaching assistant to Donald Weilerstein.