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.

October 7, 2014

Kayla Burggraf

BM – Rice University

Northeast Iowa native Kayla Burggraf is the Principal Flute of the Des Moines Symphony. Ms. Burggraf has quickly established herself as a young orchestral, solo, and chamber flutist. As a soloist she has performed with the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra as a result of winning their respective concerto competitions. She has placed in several national competitions including the Young Texas Artist Competition, the Houston Flute Club’s Byron Hester Competition and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition.

Ms. Burggraf has performed with the New York Philharmonic, New World Symphony, and Des Moines Metro Opera, among others.

As a founding member of the Noctua Wind Quintet, Ms. Burggraf has performed in the Kennedy Center’s Conservatory Project. The ensemble has garnered prizes at virtually every major chamber music competition in the United States including the Fischoff, Coleman, JC Arriaga, and Chamber Music Yellow Springs competitions.

In 2016, Ms. Burggraf graduated with her Master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music’s Orchestral Performance Program. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Rice University where she graduated with Distinction in Research and Creative Works. Her principal teachers are Leone Buyse, Robert Langevin, and Nicole Esposito.

March 23, 2012

Anne Stein

BA – Simpson College

Ms. Stein earned her bachelor of arts degree in vocal performance from Simpson College where she majored in voice and double minored in flute and piano. A mezzo-soprano, Anne has sung with the Des Moines Metro Opera, Operafestival di Roma, and in Graz, Austria with The American Institute of Musical Studies where she sang the role of “Maddalena” in “Rigoletto”, and was an oratorio soloist with the AIMS Chorale under the direction of William Huckabee. She studied voice with renowned teachers Anne Larson, Helena Nedomansky, and Judith Kellock; and has performed in Master Classes for Jerrold Sienna and Grannila Bonelli. She is a member of The National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Anne Stein pursued her flute studies at Simpson College under Kelly Via, Principal Piccolo with The Atlanta Symphony. She is a regular recitalist and jazz artist in the Des Moines area. Ms. Stein is the director of the flute quartet, “Zauberflote”, and The Des Moines Symphony Academy Flute Choirs. Ms. Stein is also a busy accompanist and arranger, having studied piano with pianist/composer, Sven Lekberg; as well as theory and counterpoint with pianist/composer, Ray Songayllo.