Adjunct Instructor of Music
Ray Calfee has been involved in choral music through directing church music programs for the past 35 years in southeast Tennessee. As the son of a church pianist Mr. Calfee began directing music in his home church near Cleveland, Tennessee as a teenager and continued directing music in churches through college and adult life. He began piano lessons at an early age and continued training through college at Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance. After a few years back at his home church as Minister of Music, Mr. Calfee later attended The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and received the Master of Church Music degree with an emphasis in Choral Conducting. While at Southern Seminary he studied piano with Maurice Hinson and conducting with John Dickson.
Mr. Calfee has been involved in various musical activities in the Etowah, Tennessee area for several years. He was Minister of Music for North Etowah Baptist Church for nearly 10 years and his work included leading a choral program with choirs for all ages, directing an instrumental ensemble, and preparing and leading weekly church music services. During the Etowah Centennial in 2006 the Etowah Town Band was reorganized and Mr. Calfee has been the conductor for the past 10 years. On several occasions he has organized and directed a Community Chorus in Etowah which participated in various area activities. Mr. Calfee is a member of the Etowah Music Study Club and has participated in various performing ensembles during club meetings.
Mr. Calfee and his wife Sylvia currently attend First Baptist Church of Etowah, Tennessee where he serves as Minister of Music. He is currently Adjunct Professor of Music at Tennessee Wesleyan College teaching class piano and conducting the TWC Instrumental Ensemble.