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Connie Calaway is an active philanthropist, focusing much of her efforts in the arts and education. She has served on the boards of Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Friends of Music, Aspen Music Festival and School, Westminster Choir College at Ryder University, Young Audiences, and National Alliance for Arts Advocates. She was a founder of the Texas Institute for Arts in Education, working with and modeled after the Lincoln Center Institute in New York City, and a founder of Houston's 100 Women. Connie was Chair of the Colorado Mountain College Foundation from 1998 to 2002, and she served on Governor Owen's Commission for Science and Technology and on the Board of Governors for Colorado State University. She was Vice-Chair for the 1988 Presidential Victory Fund of the Democratic National Committee and served as a delegate to the Arias Peace process in Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala. More recently, Connie was Chair of the Child Advocate Center, River Bridge, which serves the Roaring Fork Valley and parts of Garfield County in Colorado. Connie earned her Bachelor and Master's degrees at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. She also attended the Vienna Akademie für Musik and the University of Washington. Her professional experience includes: soloist with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein conducting (recorded on Colombia Records), soloist with Westminster Choir, Rice University Chamber Players, and Houston Symphony.; She has also toured with the Robert Shaw Chorale, and performed and produced for Young Audiences of America.