Jordan Grigg-born in 1972, began his musical studies with the violin at the age of 2. He was inspired to be a conductor at age 5, and began composing when he was 7. Jordan started playing in the NSYO when he was only 10 years old, switching to viola at the age of 15 and winning several awards in festivals and competitions both at the local, provincial and national levels. He was accepted to the NYO when he was 18 years and was soloist with Symphony Nova Scotia in a performance of the Stamitz Viola Concerto. His studies have focused on viola performance, conducting, composition (BMus, DMA)and music education (BMusEd, MMusEd). His first chance to conduct an ensemble came at the age of 14, when he was asked to conduct the local school band. After that he conducted the New Minas Concert Band at the age of 16. While in Boston, he conducted the New England Philharmonia and the New England Symphony Orchestra in performances of Beethoven’s Corolian Overture, Debussy’s La Mer, and, in a combined performance with the New England Opera Company, did a production of La Boheme by Puccini. On returning to Nova Scotia he conducted the Acadia’s Brass, Percussion, and Wind Ensembles, as well as the Acadia Symphony Orchestra. For 2 years, 2000-2002, he directed his own ensemble called Trias Harmonicas and from 2002-2005 he conducted the Chebucto Symphony Orchestra in Halifax. He has been the music director for many theatre productions, working as a composer/vocal coach, violinist, pianist and conductor with Acadia Theatre Company, Centre Stage Theatre, Atlantic Theatre Festival and Ross Creek Centre for the Arts. He worked with numerous churches in the fields of pianist, organist, music and choral director namely St. Francis Chapel in Boston MA, New Minas United, Pereau Baptist, Kings Presbyterian, Cambridge Baptist, First Cornwallis Baptist, South Alton and Coldbrook Baptist. Jordan for a short time produced his own orchestra: AVSO or Annapolis Valley Symphony Orchestra in 2007. He has conducted orchestras in the USA, Canada, South Korea and Italy where he was invited by the Teatro di Meruchini in Chieti, to conduct a performance of L’histoire du Soldat by Stravinsky. He has had his compositions performed by a variety of ensembles such as the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, New England Philharmonia and Symphony Orchestra as well as having these recorded on CD. His well known Three Sketches for Orchestra has had over 10 performances. His most recent performance was by the Stringz Costero in southern Victoria, Australia with his arrangement of Danny Boy for Strings. He has composed music for over 30 plays/musicals/films and composed 24 symphonies, 18 string quartets, plus many other works. His entire catalogue totals almost 900 works for orchestra, film and other ensembles. He has sold a number of his own compositions to places such as Slovakia, Australia, Japan, Ireland, Dominican Republic, Latvia, Switzerland, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Russia, Romania, Netherlands, Brazil and various places in Canada and USA, as well as locally. Teaching and conducting since 1992 through a number of schools (Wolfville Strings, Horton Strings, Cambridge Elementary Strings, Landmark East, Kings-Edgehill) and academies (Annapolis Music Academy, Dorian Hall) , he now teaches at his own studio in the fields of classical, pop and jazz music, violin, fiddle, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, piano, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, theory, harmony, history, counterpoint, analysis, conducting and composition.