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Since making his conducting debut in 2001, Mr. Ray Calderon has gone on to lead several successful and highly praised engagements, covering varied genres, displaying his quick study and command for repertoire. Noted as “a wonderful pianist, overall incredible musician”, and “a distinguished real leader”, by Willie Anthony Waters of Connecticut Opera, he continues to bring out the best from those he works with.

He has served on the faculty of Bronx House School of Performing Arts in his native New York, as vocal coach for the Greater Middletown Chorale, Principal Conductor for Amore Opera, General and Artistic Director to the Light Opera Company Of Salisbury, Associate Conductor for Prelude to Performance, Associate Conductor to the New Britain Symphony Orchestra, Director of Music and the Arts at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church; a position he proudly held for twelve years, and as a guest conductor at Steinway Hall, Bechstein Hall, and the Kaufman Music Center. Personally selected to conduct the Opera Scenes Performance Concert at Manhattan School of Music by Mignon Dunn, Mr. Calderon also led the Greater Middletown Chorale in the "Gloria" by Vivaldi, marking the Chorale's New York debut. Ray has appeared as a guest accompanist at the Hartt School of Music (CT), guest organist and conductor at Holy Family Church (NYC), St. Patrick's Cathedral (NYC), St. Ignatius Loyola (NYC), First Church of Christ in historic Wethersfield, CT and currently serves as

Director of Music and the Arts at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Madison, Wisconsin.

Mr. Calderon holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the Hartt School of Music. He earned his Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music, and Certificates of Achievement in Music from Harvard University and Yale University.

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