July 8, 2015

Alyssa Griggs

Alyssa Griggs currently serves as Acting Principal Flute for the Des Moines Symphony, piccolo for the Omaha Symphony, and second flute for Des Moines Metro Opera. She has also served as Assistant Principal flute for the Omaha Symphony, Piccolo/Assistant Principal flute of 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 KentBlossom 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.

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.

Noted for her “high level of fearless skill,” flutist Alyssa Griggs is a dynamic orchestral, chamber, and solo artist. 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.

Committed to music outreach through education, Ms. Griggs was a Music Mentor with the Omaha Symphony and performs extensive outreach concerts at nursing homes, libraries, and schools across the country. 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.

January 12, 2012

Carl Eitzen

Carl Eitzen is a native of San Diego, Calif., and is currently a member of the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band. He is former principal trumpet of the Las Colinas, Garland and Arlington Symphonies in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metro area.  Carl has performed with other noted ensembles such as the Omaha Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, and Lincoln Symphony to name a few.  Carl has been musical director, show band leader and played lead trumpet aboard several ships for Carnival Cruise Lines.

As a soloist, Carl has been featured with the Heartland of America Band at the Grand Teton Music Festival and the Holland Performing Arts Center Opening Gala concerts in 2005, USAF Brass in Blue, University of Arizona Wind Ensemble and UCLA Symphonic Band.  He has also performed many recitals and conducted brass clinics throughout the Midwest and Southern California.

Carl’s earliest music training on the trumpet came from his father, John Eitzen, while attending the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts.  He received his formal music education from the University of Arizona and University of California at Los Angeles where he earned his bachelor and baster of music degrees, respectively.  Carl’s primary teachers include Jens Lindemann- international trumpet soloist and former member of the Canadian Brass, Keith Johnson- Regents Professor of Music at the University of North Texas and Edward Reid- Principal Trumpet of the Tucson Symphony and Professor of Trumpet at the University of Arizona.

Carl resides in Papillion, Neb., with his wife, Jennifer and daughter, Claire.  When not performing music, Carl enjoys spending time with his family and working out.