Biography

Grace Gelpi (they/she), currently based in Athens, Georgia, is a versatile saxophonist passionate about the intersection of contemporary music and social justice.

In 2019, they formed and led the Queer Saxophonists Consortium in commissioning Spencer Arias for a new work for saxophone and fixed media, which they premiered at the 2020 North American Saxophone Alliance conference. This project sought to increase visibility of LGBTQ+ issues in saxophone and build community between queer saxophonists.

Equally interested in diversity, equity, and inclusion when they are not performing, Grace currently serves on the NASA Committee on the Status of Women+ and the Hugh Hodgson School of Music Actionable Anti-Racism and Inclusion committee.

Grace is the graduate teaching assistant for the saxophone studio at the University of Georgia under the mentorship of Dr. Connie Frigo. Grace earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance and Music Education from Michigan State University, studying with Joseph Lulloff. They graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts high school program, where they studied with Taimur Sullivan.

A lover of popular music, Grace has arranged a variety of songs for saxophone quartet, all of which are available for free on their website. They also love to sing and play the ukulele.