Joyce Griggs serves as the Executive Vice President and Provost of the Manhattan School of Music, one of the premier conservatory’s in the United States. She enjoys a multifaceted career as an academic leader, a saxophonist with numerous commissions, a mentor to young professionals, a panelist at national conferences, and a consultant in strategic planning and visioning within higher education. Her career has been fueled by a dedication to serve performing arts higher education institutions. In her early career, she balanced maintaining a private studio, performing as a chamber musician, and working as an academic administrator.
Joyce values and promotes a leadership style built on trust and collaboration with faculty and administrative colleagues and fosters an environment that supports students from diverse backgrounds. She holds an intense passion for ensuring curriculum is more inclusive and expands the traditional male-dominated, Euro-centric historical context of music study to be more reflective of our current and past societies by finding connections between music and the humanities to demonstrate the transformative qualities the arts have in society.
Joyce enjoys performing as a solo and chamber musician. She has performed throughout the United States, Great Britain, Spain, and Mexico. In the summer of 2015, Joyce performed at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg France, performing works by Christian Biegai and an arrangement of Nikolia Kapustin’s Piano Quintet No. 1, arranged by Christoph Enzel. Prior quartet performances include the 2014 Biennial Conference of the North American Saxophone Alliance as well as performances at Butler University (IN), Ohio Northern University (OH), and the Krannert Art Museum (IL).
During the 2012-13 season, she performed as a concerto soloist with the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán’s chamber orchestra (Merida, Mexico) as well as with the Illinois Wind Symphony for the performance of David Maslanka’s Hell’s Gate. She has premiered solo works at two World Saxophone Congresses, performed and lectured at several North American Saxophone Alliance National and Regional Conferences, and was a silver-medal recipient with the Red Onion Saxophone Quartet at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. As an avid performer of new music, she has commissioned several new works for the saxophone, including pieces with percussion and for saxophone quartet.
Joyce’s recent and on-going scholarly research on Percy Grainger’s chamber music for saxophone consorts received the recognition of the International Percy Grainger Society. In 2010, she received the prestigious Grainger Medallion, one of only twenty-five Americans. Joyce has published many of the saxophone chamber works by Percy Grainger through RBC Publications, Inc. (see Publications for a complete listing of these works). A recording of these works was released on NAXOS in December 2015 and is available for purchase on iTunes.
A sought after leader in arts administration, Joyce has been invited to present at four conferences hosted by the National Association of Schools of Music. She is a member of the planning committee for the 2014 College Music Society’s Summit on Music, Science, and Society. For eight years, she served on the board for Chamber Project St. Louis, an arts organization dedicated to presenting chamber music in accessible and interactive modes. She particularly enjoys exploring the impact of the arts on society and helping young artists learn necessary skills to be successful in reaching their artistic goals and aspirations.
Dr. Griggs worked at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for 15 years before moving to the
Cleveland Institute of Music and subsequently MSM in 2018. While at UIUC, collaborations with the
Chancellor’s office created scholarships for high school musicians from East St. Louis and Chicago Public Schools to attend summer programs and provided supplemental music instruction year-round with graduate Teaching Assistants; she also developed a professional career preparation course with a student evaluation rating in the top 10% of faculty, and she earned the distinction of “Teachers Ranked as Excellent.” At the Cleveland Institute of Music, she built on these experiences by collaborating with the Cleveland School for the Arts as well as major foundations to garner more than $500,000 in 18 months. Under her leadership, CIM launched the Center for Innovative Musicianship and the Musical Pathways Fellowship.