Division: Woodwind Performance
Office: E-451 HFAC
April Clayton has performed in Italy’s Palazzo dei Congressi, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, Moscow’s Rachmaninoff Hall, the Holders’ Season Festival in Barbados, as well as prestigious venues in Brazil, Mexico, South Korea, New York City, and across the United States. In 2003, she performed in New York’s Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as an Artists’ International Solo Recital Debut Award Recipient. Anthony Aibel of the New York Concert Review wrote regarding the recital: “Her performance was superb, and the audience was very appreciative of her thoroughly polished playing. Utah is lucky to have her back.” Her debut solo CD was recorded in June 2004 with producer Max Wilcox, who has received 18 Grammy Awards for his CDs of classical music. She collaborated with composer/pianist Philip Lasser from The Juilliard School faculty as well as pianist JY Song of the Mannes College faculty.
Ms. Clayton is a dedicated performer of new music. She has received two “Best Performance” awards from the National Flute Association (NFA) for her renditions of newly commissioned compositions. She received a Full Fellowship to attend the Aspen Music Festival as the flutist with the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, and has toured internationally with members of the New Juilliard Ensemble. She performed in the Summergarden Concert Series at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan (1999-2000) as well as in Lincoln Center’s Focus! Festival for New Music (1997-1999). Dr. Clayton has performed or collaborated with many composers including Bernard Rands, David del Tredici, George Tsontakis, Manuel Sosa, Peter Schikele, Harold Meltzer, Robert Dick, several members of the Brigham Young University composition faculty, and numerous student composers.
Dr. Clayton is currently the flute professor at BYU and a member of the Orpheus Wind Quintet. She was invited to perform at the 2005 NFA convention in San Diego in a concert entitled “Generation X All-Stars”, and was a panelist at the 1997 convention in a formal panel discussion entitled, “The Young Teacher: Exploring the Options.” Ms. Clayton was Principal Flute and Concerto Soloist with the New York Lyric Orchestra, and has performed as Principal Flute with the Jupiter Symphony, the National Repertory Orchestra, and at the Sarasota Music Festival. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School, where she was a Starr Doctoral Fellow and the youngest student ever admitted to the DMA program there. She was a National Merit Scholar at Oberlin Conservatory and graduated with her Bachelor of Music (summa cum laude) and Master of Music degrees from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Dr. Clayton is a laureate of many competitions and has been concerto soloist with orchestras in New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Colorado, and Utah. Carol Wincenc, Dr. Bradley Garner, and Michel Debost are among her former teachers.
DMA, Flute Performance, The Juilliard School, 2001
MM, Flute Performance, University of Cincinnati-Conservatory of Music, 1996
BM, Flute Performance, University of Cincinnati-Conservatory of Music, 1995
Studies in Flute Performance and Mathematics, Oberlin College and Conservatory, 1992-1994