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Artist's BiographyFor the past decade American saxophonist Amy Griffiths has made countless appearances as a soloist, chamber musician, and recitalist, and her performances have been broadcast by NPR affiliates throughout the United States. During the 2011-2012 concert season she will be featured as a soloist in the Dahl Concerto and she will serve as artists-in-residence with the Fountain City Ensemble at the Aries Composers Festival at Colorado State University. Also in 2012 will be the release of a CD featuring Griffiths as a soloist on several works with the CSU Percussion Ensemble.
Griffiths is involved in numerous chamber music collaborations including a concert tour in 2010-2011 with pianist Yien Wang and soprano Michelle DeBruyn, with whom she performed at the 2010 Women in Music Festival at the Eastman School of Music. She has performed with many professional orchestras including the Phoenix Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Charleston Symphony, the Newt Hinton Ensemble, and the Atlanta Opera.
As a jazz musician, Griffiths appears regularly in small jazz groups and has performed on the Hot Summer Nights jazz series in Baton Rouge, LA. She also appears frequently with various big bands in the Atlanta area and has been featured as a soloist with the Maebashi Big Band in Japan.
She has premiered numerous new works for saxophone including Canadian composer Brian Cherneys work for solo saxophone, The Return of Ulysses and American composer J.M. Davids Found Objects written for the Fountain City Ensemble. Premieres in the near future include solo and chamber works by composers such as Eric Mandat, Galen Brown, Donnacha Dennehy, and Pulitzer Prize nominee Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon.
Dr. Griffiths holds degrees from the North Carolina School of the Arts, Arizona State University, and Louisiana State University. Her former teachers include Claude Delangle, James Houlik, Griffin Campbell, and Joseph Wytko. Dr. Griffiths is the saxophone professor at Columbus State Universitys Schwob School of Music in Columbus, GA and she is also on the performance faculty of the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. She has presented recitals, clinics, and masterclasses at universities and colleges throughout the United States and abroad. Griffiths is also the director of an international saxophone competition to be held in CSUs Schwob School of Music in October 2012. Her website is amygriffiths.net.