Brian Griffin is a conductor, string pedagogue, and violinist. He has dedicated his career to string education and orchestral development. As Director of Orchestras at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, he has developed an exemplary orchestra program consisting of four orchestras. The program has earned recognition through performing at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago and the Florida MEA Clinic-Conference. The DA Orchestras also contributed to the DA Music Department’s GRAMMY National Signature School designation in 2010, 2012, and 2016. He has also taught strings in the Spartanburg (SC) District 7 Orchestra Program and at Landon Middle School.
Mr. Griffin earned the Bachelor of Science in Education degree from the University of Alabama, where he studied violin with Patrick Rafferty. He also studied violin with Rachel Huang, Paul Statsky, and Jerrie Lucktenberg. He has served as a clinician, adjudicator, and session presenter for the Florida Orchestra Association. In addition, he has been a guest conductor for the Western Kentucky University Orchestra Invitational.
Mr. Griffin has served on the Executive Board for the Florida Orchestra Association as an All-State Orchestra Coordinator and on the Florida Performing Arts Assessment Task Force. He is currently serving as the Ethics Chair for FOA. His professional affiliations include NAfME, ASTA, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Mr. Griffin enjoys spending time with his two sons, Max and Jacob. He also likes to water ski and watch Alabama football.
The Douglas Anderson Orchestra Program has earned local, state, and national recognition. In addition to performing at the Florida Music Educators Conference in Tampa, the DA Chamber Orchestra is the only string orchestra from Florida to be invited to perform at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago in its 71-year history. The orchestras at DA contributed to the music department’s recognition by the GRAMMY Foundation as the top music program in the nation in both 2010 and 2012.
The program consists of three string orchestras, ranging from a training-level ensemble through an advanced Chamber Orchestra, which regularly performs standard orchestral literature. In addition to these orchestras, students of the DA Symphony Orchestra, which may include winds, percussion, and keyboard, perform during special events throughout the year. An annual Concerto Concert, features soloists from the DA Chamber Orchestra and Wind Symphony.
ACADEMICS AT DA
Recognized as a National Model School by the U.S. Department of Education, DA students’ performance on AP tests, as well as scores on college-entrance exams have earned DA recognition as consistently being ranked in the top 4% of all high schools in the nation. DA boasts having numerous National Merit Finalists and Semifinalists over the years
The DA Orchestra graduates 15 – 20 students each year. Since 2009 these graduates have averaged over $2 million, each year, in scholarship offers to leading colleges and conservatories. Orchestra graduates have attended top in-state universities UF, FSU, UCF, USF, UNF, UWF, JU, Rollins, and Stetson, as well as many out of state schools including Notre Dame, Yale, Georgia Southern, University of South Carolina, Northwestern, University of Wisconsin and others.
DA Orchestra alumni have gone on to successful careers in performance and music education. Among them are Abner Ramirez of Johnnyswim and Sean Makin of Yellowcard.