Hailed “Queen of the Flute” (New York Magazine) at the outset of her, now, brilliant 48 year career, flutist Carol Wincenc (Faculty) was First Prize Winner of the (sole) Walter W. Naumburg Solo Flute Competition, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from the National Flute Association, the National Society of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Music, and Distinguished Alumni Awards from Manhattan School of Music and the Brevard Music Center. During the past two seasons she performed, recorded and gave masterclasses as an exclusive Burkart Flutes Artist in Beijing, Shenyang, Seoul, Warsaw, Prague, Venice, Nice, and Thessoloniki. In North America she performed as soloist and chamber musician from coast to coast, including Seattle, Phoenix, Dallas, Edmonton, Banff, Iowa City, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Tucson, Palm Beach, Sarasota, Philadelphia, Boston and her home city, New York. Recently she recorded an all Uebayashi album with the award winning Escher String Quartet, and video/audios in partnership with her collaborator/pianist Bryan Wagorn of the Metropolitan Opera. Most recently she and Mr. Wagorn performed to a sold out house at Weill Carnegie Hall for the “Naumburg Looks Back” series.
Delighting audiences for over four decades with her signature charismatic, high virtuosity and deeply heartfelt musicality, she has appeared as soloist with such ensembles as the Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Detroit and London Symphonies, the BBC, Warsaw and Buffalo Philharmonics, as well as the Los Angeles, Stuttgart and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestras, the latter for which she was Principal and Solo Flute from 1972-77. She has performed in countless festivals such as Mostly Mozart, Aldeburgh, Budapest, Frankfurt, Santa Fe, Spoleto, Music at Menlo, Aspen, Yale/Norfolk, Sarasota, Banff and Marlboro. The muse of today’s most prominent composers, Ms. Wincenc has premiered numerous works written for her by legends Christopher Rouse, Henryk Gorecki, Lukas Foss, Jake Heggie, Paul Schoenfeld, Tod Machover, Yuko Uebayashi, Thea Musgrave, Andrea Clearfield, Shi-Hui Chen and Joan Tower. In great demand as a chamber musician, Ms. Wincenc has collaborated with the Emerson, Tokyo, Guarnieri, Cleveland, Juilliard and Escher String Quartets, and performed with Jessye Norman, Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma.
A Grammy nominee, she has recorded for Nonesuch, London/Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Telarc (Diapason D’Or Award), Music Masters (Recording of Special Merit with Andras Schiff) and Naxos (Grammophone Magazine “Pick of the Month with Buffalo Philharmonic). Ms. Wincenc created and directed a series of International Flute Festivals at the Ordway Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota, featuring such diverse artists as Jean-Pierre Rampal, Herbie Mann, Steven Kujala and the American Indian flutist, R. Carlos Nakai. She had the privilege of working directly with legendary music luminaries Aaron Copland, Olivier Messaien, Rudolf Serkin, Joshua Bell, Christophe Eschenbach, Loren Maazel, Michael Tilson Thomas, Philip Glass, Andre Previn, Paul Simon and Judy Collins, to name a few!
She is a member of the New York Woodwind Quintet and a founding member of Les Amies with New York Philharmonic principals Nancy Allen, harpist and Cynthia Phelps, violist. Ms. Wincenc continues more than a quarter of a century on the faculties of The Juilliard School and Stony Brook University having mentored and graduated countless rising, flute stars commanding principal flute positions in major symphony orchestras and university professorships. She is renowned for her popular series of etudes and flute classics, the “Carol Wincenc 21st Century Flute” published by Lauren Keiser/Hal Leonard Music Publishers (available on ‘Amazon’). A long time resident of New York City, she is the proud mother of singer/songwriter Nicola Wincenc (Cavernsband.com). Carol Wincenc is a native of Buffalo, NY, and was raised in a deeply active, musical family, along with her two older sisters, and under the mentorship of her violinist father and symphony conductor, Dr. Joseph Wincenc, and pianist mother, Margaret Wincenc. Having concertized on five continents, Ms. Wincenc loves nothing more than “giving back” with her music-making to communities world wide.
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
Jed Moss (Collaborative Pianist) is a prolific performer who has appeared on the Columbia Artists’ Community concert series, the Utah Arts Council Performing Arts Tour, the Mendelssohn Society of Chicago series, the Nova Concert series, the Canyonlands New Music series, the Abravanel Distinguished Visiting Composers series and the Contemporary Music Consortium of Utah. Moss has toured in Austria and Germany as a soloist with Utah’s Repertory Dance Theater. As a collaborative pianist, he has performed with musicians from the nation’s top orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic. Moss performs frequently on faculty recitals at Brigham Young University, Utah Valley University and the University of Utah, and has made guest appearances inpartnership with various artists at Colleges and Universities in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, California, Colorado, Texas, Ohio, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Maryland, New York and Washington D.C.
Moss was a member of the Paradigm Trio for six years, and is now the pianist for The Sundance Trio, performing and recording newly commissioned works for oboe, bassoon and piano. Moss also played keyboard for the Music Box Broadway Touring Company of Phantom of the Opera in Utah and South Carolina, and Victor Victoria starring Toni Tennille in Utah, and appeared as pianist for pop singer Christopher Cross in Trinidad. From 1995-2009, Moss was the keyboardist and backup vocalist for the international touring group Air Supply.
The Washington Times said: “Jed Moss relished the fiendishly difficult jazz piano solos that were once owned by Lukas Foss” when describing his performance of Bernstein’s “Age of Anxiety” at the Kennedy Center.
Moss appears on Centaur, Summit, Albany, Warner, Deseret Book, MSR Classics, A Nice Pear, Giant, Tantara Records, Telarc and BMG.