Dr. José "Peppie" Calvar was named Syracuse Chorale’s artistic director in June 2015. Calvar is also assistant professor and the assistant director of choral activities at the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University. His duties include directing the Hendricks Chapel Choir, and teaching choral literature, conducting and music theory. Annual performances of Holidays at Hendricks are broadcast on WCNY and its radio and television affiliates throughout the region.
In 2016, Civic Morning Musicals honored Calvar with the Paul and Veronica Abel Award for outstanding contribution to the art of choral performance for the community.