Theory, received Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in composition from CIM, as well as a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University. He studied composition with Eugene O'Brien, Donald Erb and John Eaton, and was the recipient of The Music Teachers National Association Award in composition in 1976. His works have been published by Theodore Presser and Belle Press, and recorded on Crystal Records. He served as chairman of the Cleveland Composers Guild from 1991 until 1995. His music has been performed by the Baton Rouge Symphony, the Amici, Bel Arte and Coleridge String Quartets, the 20th Century Consort and the Black Earth Percussion Group. Active as a jazz and classical pianist, Dr. Griffith has also been soloist with the Canton Symphony, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Pops, Suburban Symphony, CIM Orchestra, CIM Woodwind Ensemble, Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony, and the CWRU Jazz Band. He performed in a professional two-piano team, the Fine Arts Duo, from 1980 until 1990. He has participated as a chamber music coach for the CIM Chamber Music Festival, and served as dean of student affairs at CIM from 1994 until 1997. He served as development manager, responsible for alumni relations and individual giving, from 1997 until 2000 and as president of the CIM Alumni Association from 2005 until 2007. He also served on the faculty of Camp Klavier from 1992 until 2000 and was on faculty at the ENCORE School for Strings beginning in 1998. He was on the Allegheny Music Festival faculty in the summer of 2005. For the 2007 and 2008 seasons, Dr. Griffith was the pianist for Temple Israel in Akron, Ohio. Since 2009, he is the pianist for Temple Emanu El in Orange Village, Ohio. In the summer of 2011 he joined the faculty of the Lakeland College Jazz Camp. He was appointed to the CIM Preparatory Faculty in 1975 and appointed to the CIM Conservatory Faculty in 1982.
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