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Guest Artists Coming to Campus in 2021-2022

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Dr. Brandon Spence in Organ Meditations

Brandon Spence, D.M.A., is director of music at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Brandon pursued undergraduate studies at Old Dominion University. Graduate studies in organ performance and church music were undertaken at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, where he earned the D.M.A. in performance under the tutelage of Marilyn Mason, James Kibbie and Robert Glasgow. Spence’s passion for learning and commitment to excellence is evidenced through the acquisition and continued pursuit of graduate credentials in liturgy, theology,and liturgical consultancy at institutions such as the University of Notre Dame (South Bend), St. John’s University (Collegeville) and Catholic Theological Union (Chicago). Studies and performances have taken Dr. Spence to Italy, Israel, England, France, Spain, Portugal, Canada and the United States.

In addition to the aforementioned activities, Spence is an avid student of Shorin ryu (karate), Hung gar (kung fu) and follows a regular regimen of biking, jogging and weight lifting. On rare occasions, Spence may be found in quiet solitude at home in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Duo Caluda

Glenn and Elizabeth Caluda are a duo specializing in the performance of music composed or arranged for guitar and keyboard. Their repertoire spans over 200 years of music from the Baroque to the 20th century, including pieces composed especially for them and often performing on period instruments. Both Glenn and Elizabeth are retired from Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. They have been performing as a duo for more than 40 years.

Elizabeth Watkins Caluda 

Elizabeth Watkins Caluda is a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and holds degrees from Aquinas College, Northwestern University and The Catholic University of America. She retired from Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia, after 39 years where she was a member of the piano faculty, coordinated the group piano and pedagogy programs in the conservatory and taught piano pedagogy (the art of teaching piano). In addition, she served as chair of the keyboard division. Her teachers have included Thomas Mastroianni, Bela Borszymenyi Nagy, Barbara English Maris, and other fine teachers and players. Elizabeth’s sabbatical projects have included “Impressionism and Its Influence on the Piano Music of Claude Debussy” during which she traveled to London and Paris, and “Using the Brain in Learning, Teaching, Performing, and Memorizing Music,” another ongoing passion of study. 

She is active in her retirement as a solo and ensemble performer, clinician, adjudicator, teacher, researcher, organization board member and church musician. 

Glenn J. Caluda

Glenn Caluda was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. From 1970-1973, he served as guitarist and bassist with the Soldiers’ Chorus of the United States Army Field Band of Washington, D.C. After military service, Mr. Caluda earned a Master of Arts degree in Music Education from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. In 1975, he became the first full-time guitar teacher at Shenandoah College and Conservatory (now Shenandoah University) in Winchester, Virginia, where he established the classical guitar program. In 2013, after 38 years, he retired from Shenandoah University. 

Mr. Caluda studied guitar with the renowned guitar pedagogue Aaron Shearer as well as other fine teachers and players. He has given classes and clinics at various state and national music educators’ conventions. His publications include journal articles, compositions for solo guitar, arrangements for guitar ensemble, and music for adult and children’s choir. Mr. Caluda is also an active performer as a soloist and in various ensembles.