Amy Griffiths is a woodwind specialist based in New York City. She plays all flutes, clarinets, and saxophones as well as bassoon, Irish traditional flute, Irish whistles, and uilleann pipes (Irish bagpipes).
She is grateful for an exhilarating performance life that involves playing in Broadway orchestras, klezmer bands, Irish traditional settings, jazz ensembles, wedding bands, classical chamber groups, rock/pop/soul bands, New Orleans brass bands, and any musical opportunity that fits in her wheelhouse.
Amy is the saxophonist with the fabulous Kevin Smith Kirkwood in his solo show, Classic Whitney: Alive! and she is a member of the band for the outstanding concert series, Broadway Sings.
In addition to playing many Broadway shows, she has toured with Maurice Hines and the Diva Jazz Orchestra in Mr. Hines’ solo show, Tappin' Thru Life and has performed with iconic groups such as The Who, The Temptations, and The Four Tops.
Amy views teaching as an essential and inseparable partner to her performance life and vice versa. In addition to teaching private lessons online, she is also on the woodwind faculty at The Third Street Music School Settlement in the East Village and is a Teaching Artist with PopsEd, the music education outreach program of the New York Pops. Prior to her life in NYC, she was on the faculty of the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University in Columbus, GA.
She grew up in Maryland and has lived in many places before finally settling in New York City in 2015.
Her formal education was acquired from The North Carolina School of the Arts (specialized high school diploma in music and Bachelor of Music), Arizona State University (Master of Music), and Louisiana State University (Doctor of Musical Arts). Her informal education is much less tidy, far more complicated, and infinitely more interesting.
Amy took full advantage of all the time she spent at home during the pandemic: she reorganized her entire apartment, sold all of her unused stuff on eBay, shaved her head, acquired many jaw harps and harmonicas, built this website, became obsessed with her plants, and learned to play the uilleann pipes.