Calvin Romanos Peters
The son of an Orthodox priest and an artist, Calvin Romanos Peters was inundated with the beauty of mysticism and music from an early age. He started playing violin at age six and his mother started teaching him piano from the kitchen a few years later while she cooked dinner. He attended Michigan State University where he earned a Bachelors of Music degree in Music Composition and Theory and studied viola with Robert Dan. He enrolled in Air Force ROTC which led to his 20-year Air Force career in space operations. During his military career, he also earned his Masters of Arts degree in Education Administration from Chapman University in California. He has played viola with various string quartets and symphonies to include Missoula Symphony in Montana, the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra in Michigan, the Santa Maria Symphony in California, and the Colorado Springs Chamber Orchestra in Colorado. Calvin Romanos Peters has been a chanter in the Orthodox Church for over twenty-five years in churches in Michigan, California and Colorado, he was the assistant organist for four years at St Katherine's Orthodox church in Florida (http://www.saint-katherine.org/), the choir director for ten years for an a cappella choir at Holy Theophany Orthodox Church (http://theophany.org) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is currently the choir director and chanter for his father's church, St James Orthodox Church in Williamston, Michigan (http://saintjamesorthodoxchurch.net). He has composed and arranged hundreds of pieces of music and though he has played several instruments, he currently focuses most of his musical compositions, recordings, and lessons on violin, viola, piano, and ancient a cappella Orthodox music.