Callan Downing is from Tampa, Florida and began her violin career when she was six years old. She was a member of the Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra for 7 years while in middle school and high school. During her sophomore and junior years of highschool she studied under Valerie Adams, a first violinist in the Florida Orchestra. Callan played in her home church as both a violinist and pianist for many years. Callan went on to attend the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she studied Violin Performance under Ida Bieler and Janet Orenstein during her senior year of highschool. She continued to pursue her violin education at UNCSA for another year, after graduation, in order to work on a Certificate of Performance Arts. Callan has spent her summers attending music festivals such as Masterclass Haliaeti in Izola, Slovenia, the Credo Chamber Music program at Oberlin Conservatory, and the Vienna Summer Music Festival. She also worked at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp as a camp counselor and performed in the Faculty Chamber Orchestra. She is now a senior at Wheaton College and is studying Violin Performance and Pedagogy with Dr. Lee Joiner. She is currently serving as the president of the conservatory’s orchestra.
Callan has served the Wheaton Community School of the Arts for two years while studying music at Wheaton College. She has worked with beginning violin and piano students, as well as helped teach large group music classes. Callan has also spent two summers teaching independent private lessons for violin and piano students. She thoroughly enjoys working with children and spent the summer of 2018 as an apprentice for a Chamber Music program at the Tampa Arts Conservatory. Additionally, she worked as a teaching assistant and administrative assistant for the 2020 Credo Online Chamber summer program. She started working with Noteable Notes in the spring of 2021 and is blessed to be able to continue working alongside them!