Noted for her “high level of fearless skill,” flutist Alyssa Griggs is a dynamic orchestral, chamber, and solo artist. Ms. Griggs has given her solo debut at Carnegie Hall as a First Prize Winner in the Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition. Additional accolades include First Prize in the Walfrid Kujala International Piccolo Competition, First Prize in the Upper Midwest Flute Association Young Artist Competition, First Prize in the Florida Bach Young Artist Competition, Honorable Mention in the Myrna Brown Flute Competition, and Finalist in the Byron Hester Flute Competition.
Equally versatile as an orchestral musician, Ms. Griggs currently serves as Solo Piccolo for the Omaha Symphony and Des Moines Symphony, and as Second Flute for Des Moines Metro Opera. She has also served as Assistant Principal flute of the Omaha Symphony, Principal flute of the Des Moines Symphony, and Piccolo/Assistant Principal flute of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera. She has performed at Carnegie Hall as Principal Flute of the New York Festival Orchestra, and has also played with the Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, and Orlando Philharmonic. She has performed with The Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Music Festival as part of the Kent-Blossom Summer Music Program, and has participated in prominent festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, and Lakes Area Music Festival in northern Minnesota.
As an active chamber musician and collaborator, Ms. Griggs is committed to the creation of new and innovative programming to make classical music more relevant and accessible. Ms. Griggs is the founding member of the Omaha based trio, TRIOmaha (flute, oboe, piano). TRIOmaha has performed as part of the Omaha Chamber Music Society, Vespers Concert Series, in addition to being a part of the Nebraska Arts Council, Touring Artists Roster. TRIOmaha has also performed and given masterclasses at the majority of prominent universities in the state of Nebraska, including but not limited to, University of Nebraska-Kearney, Peru State University, Wayne State University, and Iowa Western Community College. Recent solo recitals include performances as part of the Vespers Concert Series in Omaha, NE., and at the Salisbury House in Des Moines, IA., in addition to many others. Recent chamber performances include debuts at the Spotlight at the Temple Series, a chamber music initiative through the Des Moines Symphony, Florida State Music Teachers Association, Jordan Hall in Boston, MA,, and the Berklee School of Music. Ms. Griggs is now the newest member of the Georgetown Quintet, an innovative woodwind quintet based in Washington, D.C.
Committed to music outreach through education, Ms. Griggs has served as a Music Mentor with the Omaha Symphony and performs extensive outreach concerts at nursing homes, libraries, and schools across the country. Ms. Griggs served as flute faculty at the Omaha Conservatory of Music and is currently Adjunct Faculty at the College of St Mary. As a graduate of New England Conservatory, Ms. Griggs held a Community Performances and Partnership fellowship for two years, where she prepared and performed interactive recitals in Boston, MA. At the Eastman School of Music, Ms. Griggs received an Arts Leadership Certificate from the Institute for Music Leadership and was awarded membership to the elite Keidaeans Honor Society.
Ms. Griggs 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 under the tutelage of Bonita Boyd. She engaged in post graduate flute studies with Elizabeth Rowe (Boston Symphony, Principal Flute), and piccolo studies with Cindy Meyers (Boston Symphony, Piccolo). Ms. Griggs is currently an Emerging Artist with Miyazawa Flutes.