Callie Brennan hails from the sunny state of Maine, where she first held a violin at the tender age of four. Throughout her childhood she studied with Ronald Lantz of the Portland String Quartet and received regular coaching in chamber music from the PSQ. At 17, she moved to Colorado to pursue a Bachelor’s degree, studying with Lina Bahn and Harumi Rhodes, as well as Ole Bohn at the Sydney Conservatorium for several months while abroad in Australia.
This travel spurred her to look abroad for postgraduate study; specifically, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. In 2016, Callie and her husband moved to England with the hopes of endless performance opportunities, and lots of tea. During her studies at Guildhall, Callie studied with both Stephanie Gonley and Ofer Falk, and had various opportunities to perform for and alongside many other internationally renowned musicians. Callie had the pleasure of performing on The Barbican Stage and in Royal Festival Hall. She performed under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, playing alongside the London Symphony Orchestra as well as the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
In July 2017, she traveled with her quartet to Spain, where they performed in The Fringe Festival in Torroella di Montgri, Spain. Callie was also a member of The Orchid Trio, who in 2017 was awarded the St. James Chamber Music prize. Callie was named the 2018 Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra’s Soloist of the year (2018), which led to her first solo performance with an orchestra, playing the Walton Violin Concerto with the ERSO under the direction of Peter Stark.
Since moving to Asheville in September 2018, Callie has enjoyed performing with ensembles such as the Brevard Philharmonic, Hendersonville Symphony, Asheville Symphony, and the Spartanburg Philharmonic, where she currently serves as Principal Second violin.
Callie has been teaching violin since her late high school years, and in that time she has realized that, inevitably, the teacher ends up learning as much from the student as visa versa. Callie has experience teaching all ages groups and playing levels, and is always excited to explore different genres of music. Although classically trained, she has dabbled in fiddle, jazz, and even a little rock n’ roll! Having acquired teaching experience across the US and the UK, Callie is ecstatic to bring her knowledge and enthusiasm to the community at AFTA.