Jess Griggs is currently working with the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, CO as their Audio Engineer. Additionally, she is the manager for the award winning, contemporary percussion ensemble, Up/Down, and is a contributor for the contemporary music journal, "I CARE IF YOU LISTEN" (ICIYL).
For ICIYL, Griggs writes a series titled Turning Up the Volume. This series is a collection of interviews that focuses on the individual stories of up and coming musicians in American classical music. These interviews explore topics of race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, and disability as they apply to historically underrepresented artists.
Before this summer, she was at the classical radio station, WQXR in NYC. There she did a plethora of things, including, audio production, social media management, and writing for their blog. And before her move to NYC, Griggs worked as an intern with NPR at their D.C. headquarters. At HQ, she did audio production for NPR Worldwide, SiriusXM, and the American Armed Forces channels. In addition, she helped with the shows, Planet Money and How I Built This, and perhaps the most exciting - aided with audio for Tiny Desk concerts.
At age 16, Jess Griggs began studying at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) under the principal trombonist of the North Carolina Symphony, John Ilika. While there she played with a variety of ensembles; including, the orchestra, big band, wind band, and trombone choir.
After receiving her diploma at UNCSA, Jess continued her musical studies at Schwob School of Music with trombone professor, Dr. Bradley Palmer. After a few months of playing whole notes in the back of the orchestra, sitting in the practice rooms buzzing into a metal tube, and questioning the meaning of life - Jess came to the conclusion that something was missing from her musical experience.
Through a suggestion of a friend, Jess took a basic audio class, and surprisingly she found it filled the void trombone couldn't. The perfect marriage of art and science (and not to mention the weird electroacoustic music) audio technology hooked her. Jess formerly started her audio technology studies with Dr. Matthew McCabe soon afterwards.
Her recording career kicked off with a position at the university's recording studio and running live sound at the local music venue. And over the past 3 years, she has had a chance to work on the CD's of notable artists; including, Gerry Pagano (bass trombonist of St. Louis Symphony) and George Curran (bass trombonist of New York Philharmonic). Other past audio engagements include: Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab in Ojai, CA; Interlochen Center for the Performing Arts in Interlochen, MI; The Loft in Columbus, GA; and many more.