"Poulenc’s Sextet (Allegro Vivace) was a full-throated romp with Alyssa Griggs, flute..."
- Sarasota Herald Tribune
"Conducted by James Feddeck with clarity and attention to detail, the group opened with Bartók’s delicate Romanian Folk Dances. Some very nice solo playing by the clarinet, the piccolo [Alyssa Griggs], and violin went along with good ensemble work—crucial for these unassuming but highly demanding little pieces...The music turned stormier when the Kent/Blossom students turned to the C minor symphony of Schubert (the ‘Tragic’ from 1816), written—appropriately for this group of young players—when the composer was nineteen. The performance was elegant and exciting, as the players caught the tragic fervor of the symphony. Even more important, they channeled Schubert’s restless oscillations between heroic and lyrical, moving flexibly from the sharp and angular to the smooth and tender."
- Cleveland Classical
"Lively and warm sounds for a Sunday... recital with flutist Alyssa Griggs."
Preview of recital. - The Reader
"Everything about this Strauss one-acter was first rate, starting and ending with the polished sweep of a firing-on-all-cylinders orchestra that embraced its full partnership in the drama. To document merely a few of their extraordinary moments, witness the unearthly skittering of strings as we awaited the two off-stage executions; the snarling, sneering brass that underscored the characters’ deadly mental instabilities; and especially, the impeccable winds (both in solo and ensemble) performing as knowing commentators in the unfolding plot."
- Opera Today
"The afternoon began with flutist Alyssa Griggs and guitarist Devin Ulibarri sensitively performing a set of duets from Mountain Songs by Robert Beaser."
- The Ikeda Center
"The greatest accomplishment of this year’s Sarasota Music Festival is the full integration of the student and faculty performances on the main stage. The students have been nothing short of extraordinary this season and for good measure, 10 of them playing in George Enesco’s Dixtour in D Major, Op. 14 opened the concert to prove the point yet again. Drawing from his native Romanian folk influence, Enesco evokes a loose rustic scene juxtaposing disperse elements which eventually weave together and expand to near symphonic proportions. The students who pulled it together were Joanna Martin and Alyssa Griggs, flute..."
- Sarasota Herald Tribune
"Four of Ligeti’s “Six Bagatelles” were delivered at an equally high level of fearless skill by Yunhong Chi, clarinet; Dana Sherman, horn; Julia S. Bair, bassoon; Alyssa Griggs, flute, and Michael McGowan, oboe."
- Sarasota Harold Tribune
"It says something that this ensemble chose to open its concert with the Shostakovich Ninth. This symphony, often misunderstood as a lightweight palliative to the “heavyweight” symphonies that precede and follow it, is anything but easily tossed off. It is a mysterious and quite deeply emotional work, full of treacherous challenges for every orchestra section. The woodwinds, strings, brass, and percussion all have their moments “in the barrel.” Particularly memorable playing was heard from piccolo artist Alyssa Griggs..."
- The Boston Musical Intelligencer
"In the Des Moines Metro Opera’s hair-raising take on “Elektra,” the orchestra doesn’t play from a pit so much as a volcanic crater. Turbulent sounds bubble up from below, erupting from time to time with terrifying force... It’s weird and violent and stunning, in every sense of the word."
- Des Moines Register
"Conductor David Neely elicited a spirited reading from the orchestra, who seemed to revel in one of Puccini’s most diverse and luxuriant orchestrations. The attention to detail from the solo wind instrumentalists was complemented by richly satisfying playing from the banks of strings. The instrumentalists went from strength to strength and the overall arc that Maestro Neely was able to effect was as powerful as it was inevitable."
- Opera Today