Biography

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

Grace enjoys collaborating with composers on innovative works for saxophone, having premiered works in conjunction with the Athens Hip Hop Harmonic, Fresh Inc Festival, and Georgia Senate Runoff Commissioning Project in addition to commissions of their own. Grace recently premiered “Kingfisher!” written for baritone saxophone duo by Brittany J. Green. 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 Gender Equity. They were also a founding member of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music Actionable Anti-Racism and Inclusion committee.

Grace is the baritone saxophonist for Mixed Media, a Georgia-based saxophone quartet fresh off a busy season of competition. Mixed Media won the gold medal in the 2022 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and they earned first place in the 2022 Coltman Chamber Music Competition. They were also named finalists in the Music Teachers’ National Association Chamber Wind Competition and semifinalists in the North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition.

Grace recently graduated from the University of Georgia with their Master’s degree in Saxophone Performance. While attending UGA, they served as the graduate teaching assistant for the saxophone studio 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.