July 8, 2015

Alyssa Griggs

MM – New England Conservatory
BM – Eastman School of Music

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 Artists Competition and the Florida Bach Young Artists 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 piccolo player of the Omaha Symphony. In addition she is also piccolo/assistant principal flute of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, 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, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. 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

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.

October 2, 2014

Rachel Blumenthal

BM – University of Michigan
MM – Carnegie Mellon University

Rachel Blumenthal is the newly-appointed Principal Flutist of the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra and is the Second Flutist of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra.  She has also performed with Chamber Opera Chicago, Orchestra Iowa, and other orchestras in the Chicago area.  She frequently appears as a substitute flutist with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL.

As a soloist and chamber musician, Rachel has performed at Disney Hall in Los Angeles; the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; Orchestra Hall in Detroit; and has appeared several times as a soloist in Ann Arbor’s 3500-seat Hill Auditorium.  She has performed across the globe, from the United States to China, Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic.

Rachel is a native of Chicago, where she currently maintains a private studio and teaches at elementary and high schools in the area. She graduated from the University of Michigan with Highest Honors in 2011 and received her master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University in 2014.  Her principal teachers were Amy Porter and Jeanne Baxtresser.