Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.
Terrance Griswold earned his Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from the Conservatory at Ithaca College in 2012, and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from Wichita State University in 2009. His teachers include Dr. Suzanne Tirk and Dr. Richard Faria.
Since 2014, Terrance has performed clarinet in the pit orchestra of the Gallery Players in Brooklyn, NY, for an Equity, off-off Broadway 16-show run of Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music.” In 2013, Terrance was a Guest Visiting Artist at Kentucky Christian University in Grayson, KY, where he performed a guest recital and taught classes. Additionally, he performed a 20-show run of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s CATS! with the Cortland Repertory Theatre in Cortland, NY, in 2012. Other past professional performing experiences include playing bass clarinet in the Southern Tier Symphony of Olean, NY, the Ithaca Community Chorus Orchestra of Ithaca, NY, and the Grassroots Festival Orchestra of Trumansburg, NY. Terrance has also performed extensively with the contemporary ensemble Contrapunkt! at Cornell University and the Cornell Symphony Orchestra, both of Ithaca, NY.
An advocate of new music, Terrance has premiered works by composers Liza Sobel, Matt Aelmore, and Chuck Cacciopo. Other contemporary music endeavors include performances with the Ithaca College Contemporary Ensemble, the Contemporary Music Festival at Wichita State University, and Contrapunkt! at Cornell University. His background fuses experimental improvisation with electro-acoustic mediums, electronic looping, and conceptual realizations of avant-garde compositions. Specific examples include a lecture recital and electronic realization of Thea Musgrave’s “Narcissus” for Clarinet and Digital Delay (September 2011, Ithaca College), a realization of Alvin Lucier’s “Music on a Long Thin Wire” (February 2012, Ithaca College), and numerous live improvisational performances throughout Wichita, KS, during the years 2004-2010.
In 2013, Terrance joined the faculty of the non-profit organization K.E.Y.S. (Kids Empowered by Your Support) in Bridgeport, CT. K.E.Y.S. provides musical instruments, music lessons, and after-school arts programming for students in under served areas of Bridgeport. Terrance teaches clarinet, flute, and saxophone lessons, repairs woodwind instruments, and supervises the after-schools programs for K.E.Y.S. As a graduate teaching assistant at Ithaca College from 2010-2012, Terrance taught courses in clarinet methods, undergraduate clarinet lessons, and assisted in the electroacoustic music studios. Additionally, Terrance has maintained private clarinet studios in New Haven, Connecticut; Ithaca, NY; and Wichita, KS.
Terrance is a champion of chamber music, founding the Vistamente Trio alongside his wife Amy Schumann-Griswold (violin) and the Accord Finale Woodwind Quintet. In 2008, he was a prize winner in the Wolff-Bing Chamber Music Competition in Wichita, KS, with the Accord Finale Quintet.
Terrance is currently on faculty at Naugatuck Valley Community College where he teaches electronic music and sound design. He resides in New Haven county with his wife and labrador Holden. Mr. Griswold enjoys cooking, flying kites, soap making, woodworking, and playing guitar, bass, percussion, and didgeridoo.