About Phyllis Calderon, Teaching Artist/Owner

Mrs. Phyllis Calderon is a teacher-performer of the violin. Through her company, A Touch of Classical Plus (ATCP), she offers instruction for ages 3 to adult, in Suzuki cello, piano, violin, viola, and early childhood music classes, and partners with homeschool groups and schools who wish to implement music programming within their organization.

Mrs. Phyllis currently instructs a beginning string orchestra at Provident St. Mel School, teaches Suzuki foundation classes and a beginning string ensemble at Chicago West Community Music School and at Posen Elementary School, and has coached group violin classes at Apostolic Church of God Youth Music Program; was Intermediate Orchestra Director with the Hyde Park Youth Symphony, and String Orchestra Director at Wirt-Emerson Visual and Performing Arts High School in Gary, IN. She has also implemented instrumental and general music programming in several elementary schools including Jackie Robinson for Grades PK-3, St. Philip Neri, Daystar School for grades K-8, and Cambridge Classical Academy, and provided instruction for several music camps during summer months.

As a performer, she has worked with Tina J. Crawley, Kym Franklin, the late Barry White, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Classical Symphony Orchestra, and the Whiting Festival Orchestra, and currently enjoys playing violin with the worship team of New Creation Church Chicago. She also maintains a string quartet with whom she has enhanced many weddings, church events, recording projects, and corporate events, with music.  

Clients of ATCP

  • WeSchool Homeschool Co-op
  • Taylor Services Youth Organization, Chicago
  • Cambridge Classical Academy, Chicago
  • Chicago West Community Music Center
  • Woodland Child Development Center, Hammond, IN

  • Chicago Public Schools (Ruggles, Shoesmith & Jackie Robinson Elementary Schools)

  • The Roosevelt Collection/McCaffery Properties

  • Churches: St. Ambrose, New Beginnings Church, St. Benedict the African East & Our Lady of Peace

  • Howard Savage, Chicago composer

  • Recording artist Kym Franklin, Let the Beauty Be for the track “How Can I Turn My Back?”

  • Chicago Park Districts: South Shore Cultural Center

  • Arts Organizations: M.A.D.D Rhythms, Studio One Dance Studio & Gallery Guichard