Alyssa Griggs, flute
Noted for her “high level of fearless skill,” flutist Alyssa Griggs is a dynamic orchestral, chamber, and solo artist. Ms. Griggs has given her solo debut at Carnegie Hall as a First Prize Winner in the Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition and has won First Prize in the Walfrid Kujala International Piccolo Competition, in addition to many others. Equally versatile as an orchestral musician, Ms. Griggs
has served as Solo Piccolo for the Omaha Symphony and Des Moines Symphony, and as Second Flute for Des Moines Metro Opera. She has also held the positions as Assistant Principal flute of the Omaha Symphony, Principal flute of the Des Moines Symphony, and Piccolo/Assistant Principal flute of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera. 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. Alyssa is currently an Emerging Artist with Miyazawa Flutes.
Denis Malloy, clarinet
Denis Malloy is a versatile clarinetist, bass clarinetist, saxophonist and composer happily making music ranging from classical, jazz, middle-eastern and cabaret to rock. Denis has performed with the Summer Opera Company in Washington, D.C., the AIMS Symphonie Orchester in Graz Austria, and the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia. In the non-classical vein, he has performed with his own jazz quartet for various events at venues including the Library of Congress, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Peabody Library. As a composer and improviser, he has composed music for several Silent Era films, both as an individual and in collaboration with the band Boister. He has performed live accompaniment to silent film at the Kennedy Center, American Film Institute (Silver Spring), Charles Theatre, Patterson Theater (Baltimore) and the Avalon Theater (Easton, MD) and the Virginia Film Festival among others. He appears on over a dozen CDs, including recordings by Persian Flamenco group The Roya Ensemble, Boister, and his independent project, TreeHouse Quartet, available at CDBaby and iTunes. Denis is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University.
Robert Huffman, oboe
Robert was a member of The U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own,” for 33 years and retired in 2011. He is Principal Oboist of the Pro Artè Chamber Orchestra and the Pan American Symphony Orchestra. Robert received a Bachelors degree from Louisiana State University and a Masters in music performance from The Catholic University of America. He has performed at leading venues throughout the world including Carnegie Hall and the Bolshoi Opera. In 2012 he was named the Exclusive Double Reed Representative for the Wicked Edge Knife Sharpening System and has been a guest lecturer at the Curtis Institute, Juilliard, The Metropolitan Opera, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Eastman and Oberlin College.
Nancy Switkes, bassoon
Nancy performs regularly with the National Gallery Orchestra. She has been a chamber musician at The Kennedy Center and Strathmore Mansion. She performed with R&B legend Ray Charles at Baltimore’s Artscape. Her recordings include the sound track of the Discovery Channel’s TV documentary “GIs Remember,” and on the 2008 CD of the works of Jonathan Newmark. At the French Embassy, Nancy composed and performed an unaccompanied flute score for “Le Petit Prince.” Twenty-two summers at the Chamber Music and Composers’ Forum of the East (Bennington, Vermont) inspired Nancy to form The Georgetown Quintet.
Shane Iler, French horn
Shane grew up in Louisville, Kentucky where he attended the prestigious Youth Performing Arts School. He then went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from Miami University and a Master’s degree in Music Performance from Indiana University. He is principal horn of the Williamsburg Symphony and the conductorless Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra. In addition to playing, Shane is also a very active and passionate teacher of students of all ages.