A native of Hawaii, Calvin studied with Paul Rolland from 1972 to 75 at UI Champaign-Urbana. He was part of the Pedagogy and Lab class and Teaching Assistant for children and adults. In 1975, he joined the faculty of NC School of the Arts Elementary String Instruction Program, Salem College, and Forsyth County Public Schools, Assistant Conductor of Young Salem Symphony, Winston-Salem, NC. During this time he was on the faculty staff of Paul Rolland Workshop at NC School of Arts and Univ of North Carolina - Greensboro, NC. Calvin and his students joined Paul Rolland at the ASTA Convention in Atlanta, GA for a presentation of his principles. Teachers at UI and North Carolina include Marla Mutschler, Virginia Farmer, Elaine Richey, Don Miller, Ed Krolick and Tom Wiesnewski.
Other influential teachers were: Henrik Temianka, Christian Ferras, Frank Spinosa, Roy Malan (Galamian, Zimbalist student), Shinichi Suzuki.
In San Francisco, 1978 CA Calvin served as Assistant Conductor of Golden Gate Youth Orchestras, Inc. He was on the Board and served as President of Suzuki Assoc of Northern California. As Music Director Calvin started a Rolland based String Instruction Program at Mission Dolores Academy in 2008. In 2016 MDA was awarded an ASTA Grant for string class development. Calvin also serves as Music Teachers Assoc of California, Certificate of Merit Strings Evaluator.
Calvin set up a violin studio in 1978 teaching classical, fiddling, jazz, Latin, blues, improvisation all based on P Rolland fundamentals from ages Prenatal to 90. He worked with string players with RMI, dyslexic children, Parkinson's beginning adult student, mentally challenged children. He is also a Violin presenter to SF Children's Museum, Laurel Heights Nursery School, and Montessori Schools, ages 2 thru 5. Director of Mission Dolores Catholic Mass Youth String Ensemble.
Performances include soloist with The Honolulu Symphony in 1966, Salem College Faculty Piano Quintet in 1977, Duo Recital with Nancy Kredel in 1977, Artea Chamber Orchestra 1980-82, Golden Gate Symphony 1st violin 2012 to present, Murlovan Piano Trio 1992-94, Callisto String Quartet 1990-95, Herald Choral Orchestra Concertmaster 2015, SF City College Choral Orchestra Concertmaster 2000-05. Calvin also performs other genres including Gypsy Jazz, Standard Jazz, Folk, Country, Latin/Salsa, Blues, Rock, Cajun. He is featured on 5 Grammy Award Winning albums and performs with Country Music Hall of Fame, Patrick Haggerty and the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame Serenaders.