Joyce Griggs maintains a diversified career as a performing artist, administrator, and arts advocate. She currently serves as the VP and inaugural Director of the Center for Innovative Musicianship at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM). In this role, she will collaborate and engage faculty, students and alumni around the topics of professional development and diversity and inclusion.
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.
Prior to her appointment at CIM, she served as the Associate Director at the University of Illinois School of Music in Urbana-Champaign, where she had worked for nearly fifteen years. During her time at Illinois, Joyce also developed several courses and entrepreneurship events to facilitate the professional development of music students. She was consistently ranked by students’ evaluations in the top 10% of teachers on the UIUC campus, and she earned the distinction of “Teachers Ranked as Excellent.”