Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
April Clayton is Professor of Flute at Brigham Young University, where she received tenure at age 31. She is also Woodwind Studies Chair at the Gifted Music School pre-college in Salt Lake City, and President of Da Capo Alliance. Dr. Clayton has performed as soloist and chamber artist in London, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Zurich, Paris, Riva del Garda, Granada, Leipzig, Moscow, Vancouver, New York City, and throughout South Korea, Mexico and the United States. For seven years, she was Director of Chamber Music for the European American Musical Alliance. As such, Ms. Clayton worked in Paris alongside members of the faculty of Juilliard, the Paris Conservatory and Ecole Normale de Musique, and other elite schools. She continues her international performance and educational endeavors each summer through the Da Capo Alliance nonprofit.
Ms. Clayton is also a member of the Orpheus Wind Quintet, a leading woodwind quintet in the Intermountain West. She is also flutist with the New York-based flute, viola, harp trio Hat Trick. This group received a nod at the 2017 Grammy Awards as their producer, David Frost, was awarded Best Classical Producer of the Year. Mr. Frost was given this award based on his work with nine CDs, one of which was Hat Trick’s debut CD, Submerged. Dr. Clayton has been Principal Flute with the Utah Chamber Artists since 2005, and often performs with Ballet West and the Utah Symphony. She has toured as a guest with the New York Woodwind Quintet. She often works with dynamic piano duo partner Jed Moss of Salt Lake City, who was formerly a member of the band Air Supply. Ms. Clayton was formerly principal flute and concerto soloist with the New York Lyric Orchestra, and also played principal flute with The Jupiter Symphony, the National Repertory Orchestra, and at the Sarasota Music Festival.
Ms. Clayton plays on a Burkart Elite 998 Flute with Gold Tone Holes and a Lillian Burkart Platinum Headjoint.