Joyce Griggs maintains a diversified career as a performing artist, administrator and arts advocate. At CIM she collaborates with faculty, students and alumni around the topics of student success and professional development. Dr. Griggs also creates and teaches courses for CIM students. As an avid performer of new music, she has commissioned several new works for the saxophone, including pieces with percussion and for saxophone quartet.


  • BME (with honors), University of Illinois
  • MM in saxophone performance, University of North Texas
  • DMA in performance and literature, University of Illinois

Teaching Experience

Cleveland Institute of Music

  • Freshman Colloquium
  • Senior Seminar
  • Workshops on career-related topics

University of Illinois School of Music in Urbana-Champaign

  • 15 years of teaching and administrative service
  • Served as associate director
  • Developed and taught career-related courses and workshops
  • Ranked by students’ evaluations in the top 10% of teachers on the UIUC campus