Albert Grijalva

Albert  Grijalva Director
Northern Arizona University

Albert Grijalva is an active musician, teacher, conductor and native of Arizona. Mr. Grijalva is currently Performing Arts Specialist for the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) and continues to be the coordinator and music teacher for The Phoenix Symphony's "One Nation" project which he created and implemented while serving as the Education and Outreach Manager for the Symphony in 2001. This collaborative project between The Phoenix Symphony and SRPMIC was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant that same year. In addition, Mr. Grijalva is Director of the Fiesta Bowl 'Play It Again Band' as well as Associate Conductor, General Manager, and principal saxophonist for the adult community band, Arizona Winds Concert Band. He also serves on the Greasepaint Youtheater Board of Directors in Scottsdale, AZ.

As an active lecturer, performer, clinician, adjudicator, and private instructor, Mr. Grijalva works actively throughout the Phoenix metro area and southern Arizona. His lecture series on music, symphony orchestras and the saxophone for the Lifetime Learners Elderhostel programs has been well-received and has been a part of their education program for over ten years. When freelancing as a saxophonist, Mr. Grijalva has performed with The Phoenix Symphony, Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, and Chandler Symphony Orchestra. He also performs as a woodwind doubler for various community theatres, playing for many of the most popular Broadway shows.

Mr. Grijalva is honored to have performed under the batons of many renowned conductors, including John P. Paynter and Colonel John Bourgeois, retired conductor of the "President's Own" United States Marine Band. Mr. Grijalva was also principal saxophonist on four compact discs produced by Northern Arizona University. Two of the recordings were in collaboration with The William Grant Still Foundation, including a multi-cultural program promoting African-American composers that has aired on NPR.

Mr. Grijalva holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Saxophone Performance, for which his teachers were Dr. Michael Hester and R. Wildy Zumwalt, and a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting, earned under Dr. Patricia Hoy from Northern Arizona University.