Noted for her “high level of fearless skill,” flutist Alyssa Griggs is a dynamic orchestral, chamber, and solo artist. In October 2010 Alyssa received first prize in the Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition where she gave her solo debut recital at Carnegie Hall. Additionally, she has won Honorable Mention for the 2015 Myrna Brown Competition, and First Prize in the 2014 Upper Midwest Flute Association Young Artist Competition, and the Florida Bach Young Artist Competition. In 2013 Alyssa was a finalist in the Byron Hester Competition in Houston, TX. Alyssa has also been named an Emerging Artist by Miyazawa Flutes.
Equally versatile as a piccolo artist, and praised as “memorable” by the Boston Musical Intelligencer, Alyssa is the newly appointed piccoloist of the Omaha Symphony. For the 2016-17 season Alyssa will be serving as assistant principal flute with the Omaha Symphony. She has served as piccolo/assistant principal flute of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, and currently holds the positions of second flutist of the Des Moines Metro Opera, and piccolo with the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra. She’s performed at Carnegie Hall as principal flute of the New York Festival Orchestra and has also played with the Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Orlando Philharmonic, in addition to many others. She recently took the stage with The Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Music Festival as part of the Kent-Blossom Summer Music Program. Alyssa has participated in such prominent festivals as the Lakes Area Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Orford Arts Centre, Domain Forget, and the Pierre Monteux School. Her playing has been heard on MPBN, Maine Public Radio, Iowa Public Television, and Iowa Public Radio. She has performed in master classes for Leon Buyse, Michel Debost, Mathieu Dufour, Carol Wincenc, Denis Bluteau, Thomas Robertello, Mark Sparks, Martha Aarons, Nadine Asin, and Robert Langevin.
As an active chamber musician and collaborator, Alyssa creates innovative ways to make music prevalent to society. Alyssa will be giving solo recitals in 2017 at the Vespers Concert Series in Omaha, NE and at the Salisbury House in Des Moines, IA. At Eastman, her quintet was invited to and performed at the University of Nebraska Chamber Music Institute. She also performed extensive outreach concerts at nursing homes, libraries, and schools in Rochester, NY, Boulder, CO, and Boston, MA. At New England Conservatory Alyssa held a Community Performances and Partnership fellowship for two years, where she prepared and performed interactive recitals in Boston with her pianist. As part of a flute and guitar duo, she has performed in Jordan Hall and has given performances and master classes at the Berklee School of Music, YMCA-Chinatown, and the Ikeda Center of Cambridge. Alyssa has also collaborated in a chamber concert for the Florida State Music Teachers Association in 2011.
Alyssa holds a Master’s Degree with honors from New England Conservatory where she studied with Paula Robison and a Bachelor’s Degree with distinction from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Bonita Boyd. She engaged in post graduate studies as a student of BSO principal flutist, Elizabeth Rowe and piccoloist, Cindy Meyers. Alyssa also earned a certificate from Eastman’s Arts Leadership Program and was awarded membership to the elite Keidaeans Honor Society.