At the age of five, Calvin Dyck was introduced to the accordion, and soon discovered his love for performing and bringing enjoyment to others. In spite of a college aptitude test recommending a career as a tug boat captain, Calvin completed a music degree at Biola University, and went on to complete a Masters and Doctorate in violin performance at the University of Southern California.
Calvin has been concertmaster for the Vancouver Island Symphony since 2000. He also directs the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra and last summer they toured all 10 provinces in Canada along with the British Columbia Boys Choir. Calvin has played in over 15 countries, and is in demand as a producer, teacher, conductor and adjudicator. His show “Songs Strings and Steps” is a favourite with local audiences.
Calvin is currently teaching 20 private students and also teaching at Bakerview Music Academy – a free program for dis-advantaged youth.
In 2012 Calvin was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to the community. In April, 2013 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities by Trinity Western University. He enjoys living in Abbotsford with his wife, Heather, and their two children Christine and Andrew.
His favourite hobby is growing giant pumpkins!