Faculty and Staff

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April Clayton (Director and Faculty) maintains an active career as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player and pedagogue.  Highlights include touring as a guest with the New York Woodwind Quintet and being featured in a cover story by Flute Talk magazine as a leading flutist of her generation.  She performs in festivals around the world, including residencies at the XIX Seminários Internacionais de Musica at the Federal University of Bahia in Brazil, at the Holder’s Season Festival in Barbados, on the Wells Cathedral Concert Series, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and at the Aberystwyth Music Festival.  After seven years as Director of Chamber Music for the European American Musical Alliance Summer Program in Paris, she is now Director of the Da Capo Flute Classes in Paris and Salt Lake City.  She has additionally performed as soloist and chamber artist in London, Birmingham, Zurich, Riva del Garda, Leipzig, Grenada, Moscow, Vancouver, Wales, Mexico, throughout South Korea, New York City, and across the United States.  She is Professor of Flute at Brigham Young University, where she received tenure at age 31 and was the second music faculty member ever to receive BYU’s highly coveted Young Scholar Award.  She is also Woodwind Studies Chair at The Gifted Music School in Salt Lake City.  Additionally she is Principal Flute with the Utah Chamber Artists, a member of Hat Trick (a New York City-based flute, viola, harp trio), and the Orpheus Wind Quintet.  She has been Guest Instructor at Manhattan School of Music, California State University at Fresno, and featured Guest Artist with many flute clubs across the country.  While on sabbatical in 2007 she was a Guest Artist Instructor at the Conservatoire MJC du Vesinet and the Centre de Musique F. Hasselmann in France.

April Clayton presented is a four-time laureate of National Flute Association competitions.  Her current and former students have won First Place in the National Flute Association Young Artist, High School Soloist, Piccolo Artist, and Orchestral Audition competitions.  She presented her debut solo recital in New York’s Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as Winner of the Artists’ International Competition, and has been received prizes at numerous other competitions.  She has released CDs on the Crystal Records, Bridge, and Tantara labels. Accolades for her performances from the New York Concert Review, Fanfare, American Record Guide, and Flute Talk magazine include descriptions of her playing using such terms as “stunning”, “dazzling”, “impeccable”, “[played] with total conviction”, “outstanding”, “thoroughly polished”, “beguiling”, “superb”, “elegant”, and “delectable.”

April Clayton was a National Merit Scholar at Oberlin College and Conservatory, majoring in flute performance with Michel Debost as well as mathematics.  She received her B.M. summa cum laude.  At Juilliard, she was a Starr Doctoral Fellow and the youngest student to have been admitted to the D.M.A. program.  She is a Burkart Flutes Artist.  www.aprilclayton.com

John McMurtery (Guest Artist Faculty) enjoys a varied career as an orchestral flutist, soloist, chamber musician, teacher, and composer. Currently, he is section flutist of the New York City Opera Orchestra, and Associate Professor of Flute at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas. He has served as guest principal flutist with the Chicago Symphony, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. In January 2017 he participated in the Chicago Symphony’s tour of Europe with Maestro Riccardo Muti. Previously, he was principal flutist with the Peoria Symphony, Opera Orchestra of New York, the Crested Butte Festival Orchestra, the Dicapo Opera, and the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. During the 2011-12 season he served as acting piccoloist with the Oregon Symphony.  McMurtery has performed regularly with the Detroit Symphony, the New Jersey Symphony, and at the OK Mozart festival in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

As soloist, McMurtery has appeared with the New York Symphonic Ensemble in Japan, the Peoria Symphony, Artemis Chamber Ensemble, and Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. He has appeared as guest artist at flute festivals in Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Tennessee.

As chamber musician, McMurtery performs or has performed with the Camerata Woodwind Quintet, Una Voce Ensemble, UpTown Flutes, and Luna Nova. He recorded for the NAXOS label with the West Side Chamber Orchestra as soloist on John Rutter’s Suite Antique, as well as chamber music on a CD featuring works by Sean Hickey.

Prior to his appointment in 2019 as flute professor at UNLV, he taught at Western Illinois University, the Westminster Conservatory Young Artist Program, the Lucy Moses School in New York City, and Drew University Summer Music. He is a past president of the New York Flute Club. Dr. McMurtery earned his DMA from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Julius Baker, Robert Langevin, and Jeanne Baxtresser. He received his MM from Rutgers University as a student of Bart Feller, and BM from Central Washington University where he studied with Dr. Hal Ott.

Terri Sundberg (Guest Artist Faculty) is Professor of Flute at the University of North Texas College of Music and a member of the Crested Butte Opera Orchestra and Crested Butte Festival Symphony Orchestra. She has been a featured concerto soloist at the Jeju International Music Festival in Korea, recipient of a State Department grant for recent performing and teaching in China and has performed extensively in New York City as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, including performances at Lincoln Center/Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall and Carnegie Hall. She is a former member of the North Coast Chamber Players, a mixed wind/string chamber ensemble in-residence on the West Coast.

Professor Sundberg has served as faculty at several international music festivals, and has presented masterclasses and performed solo and chamber recitals across the United States and abroad, including concerts in China, Korea, South Africa, Mexico, Austria, Ireland, England, France, Kosovo, and the Philippines. She has been a guest artist at flute festivals across the United States, including St. Louis, New Mexico, Illinois, Iowa, California, Oklahoma and Texas, and has been a featured artist, teacher, and adjudicator at numerous National Flute Association conventions. She has played principal flute with the Orchestra Sinfonica de Mineria in Mexico City, Eisenstadter Sommerakademie in Austria, New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra, and also has played with the Fort Worth Symphony, Dallas Opera, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and Metropolitan Ballet Orchestra.

Professor Sundberg’s students have won numerous professional orchestra and premier military band positions, tenure track and lecturer university positions, summer festival positions, fellowships, and prizes in competitions. Prizes include 1st prizes in the N.F.A. (National Flute Association) Orchestral Excerpt Competition, N.F.A Piccolo Artist Competition, Myrna W. Brown Artist Flute Competition, Mid-South Flute Competition, Upper Midwest Flute Competition, Kentucky Young Artist Competition, Central Ohio Young Artist, Florida Collegiate Young Artist, Kentucky Flute Society Young Artist, Atlanta Flute Club Young Artist, San Diego Flute Guild Artist Gold Competition, Teacher’s National Association Young Artist Competition, Texas Music Teachers Instrumental Concerto Competition, Texas Music Teacher’s Solo Repertoire Competition, Entergy Music Competition, UNT Concerto Competition, Chautauqua Sigma Alpha Iota Concerto Competition, Irvin Monroe Flute Competition, Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition, and the Rotary Fellowship Competition.

Terri Sundberg attended the Yale University School of Music, the Royal Conservatory of Music Orchestral Training Program, and Lawrence Conservatory. Her principal teachers have included Jeanne Baxtresser, Thomas Nyfenger, Ernestine Whitman, James Walker, and Timothy Day. She is a co-author of “Children After War: A Novel Approach to Promoting Resilience Through Music” recently highlighted in the Traumatology journal, and has great passion for her work on the board of the Shropshire Music Foundation, whose mission is to foster ethnic tolerance, promote peace, and improve the quality of life for children and adolescents of war-torn countries through the establishment of ongoing music education and performance programs: www.TeachingChildrenPeace.org. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the National Flute Association.

Jill Winters (Collaborative Pianist) has a masters degree in piano from Brigham Young University and has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Jill is sought after as an accompanist and clinician. Last year, she was a convention accompanist for the 2019 National Flute Association convention. She is a member of the Sandpiper Trio. Jill also has a masters degree in choral conducting and has conducted Cantus (a select women’s choir), Hosanna for Lex de Acevedo, the BYU Alumni Choir, the Wasatch Chamber Singers, the BYU University Chorale, and a choir of women inmates at the Utah State Prison. At the university level, Jill has taught music appreciation, world history, choral pedagogy, conducting classes, group piano, keyboard harmony, and private piano.