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, 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 Paris Flute Class, housed at the Ecole Normale de Musique.  She has additionally performed as soloist and chamber artist in London, Zurich, Riva del Garda, Leipzig, 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 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.

Linda Chesis (Faculty) has been hailed by critics on three continents as one of the most exciting and dynamic flutists of her generation. She has frequently collaborated with such renowned artists as Jessye Norman, Dawn Upshaw, James Levine and the late Jean-Pierre Rampal and has performed with orchestras and in solo recitals throughout the US, France, Great Britain, Germany, Japan, and Korea.  She is Founder and Artistic Director of the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival.

The top prizewinner at the Paris and Barcelona International Competitions, and at the National Flute Association Competition, Ms. Chesis received her Premier Prix from the Conservatoire National Superier de Musique and subsequently was appointed principal flute of the Orchestre de Capitole de Toulouse. Ms. Chesis has been the recipient of many awards including a Solo Recitalist’s Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has been the subject of numerous television and radio broadcasts, and her performances can be regularly heard on American Public Radio’s Performance Today.

Ms. Chesis has been a guest artist at the Salzburg Mozarteum, the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds, Bravo! Colorado, Tanglewood Music Festival, An Appalachian Summer Festival, and Music from Angel Fire, among others.

Ms. Chesis is professor of flute and chair of the Woodwind Department at Manhattan School of Music. She has offered master classes at universities, conservatories and for flute associations around the globe. Her recordings can be heard on the EMI, Nonesuch and Music Masters labels.

Nicolas Duchamp (Faculty) is an internationally acclaimed performer and respected teacher, in the tradition of the Paris Conservatory French school of flute playing, of which Philippe Gaubert was among the most famous. Born in Bordeaux France, ( as were G. Barrere and P.Taffanel ) he received directly the tradition of the French flute playing from his teachers in his native city.  Mr. Duchamp has served for many years as principal flutist for the National Opera Comique in Paris and toured extensively in his native France as well as Europe, Japan and North America.

With his ‘’warm tone, distinctive charm and creative poetic eloquence”, Mr. Duchamp has performed as soloist with many of France’s leading chamber music ensembles and orchestras, including Paris Opera Bastille, Nice Opera, Strasbourg National Opera, Lamoureux Orchestra, Metz Orchestra and the Bordeaux National Opera, with conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Georges Prêtre, Myung-Whun Chung, Philip Walsh, Brian Schembri, Yutaka Sado, Laurent Petit Girard, and Philipp Morehead.

Nicolas has performed internationally in solo recitals, chamber music ensembles and as orchestra soloist in prestigious concert halls including Salle Pleyel, Cité des Arts, Salle Gaveau and Salle Cortot in Paris, Claude Champagne Hall in Montreal, the Zitadelle Spandau in Berlin, Olympia Hall in Munich, Spivey Hall in Atlanta and Weill Recital Hall in New York.  Duchamp’s active international career takes him regularly throughout Europe, North America and to Japan. He has been featured in numerous international festivals, including the Belle Ile Festival, Radio France Broadcast Festival, Sarlat Festival, Saint-Yriex , Festival in France, Switzerland’s Crans-Montana Festival, the American Music Festival,Corsica` s Festival du Vent and the Montreal Chamber Music Festival.

Mr Duchamp taught with Jean Ferrandis as his assistant at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris and regularly presents master classes in the US, Canada, France and at the International Academie of Lozere. He has conducted master classes in a number American universities, including: Mannes School of Music in New York,, UNC School of the Art, East Carolina University, NC, Governor`s Schools of the Arts, SC, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Wilmington NC, Richmond University VA, Georgia States University at Atlanta GA, Baldwin-Wallace School of music at Cleveland OH, Fine Arts Center at Greenville SC, University of South Carolina at Columbia, and Furman University SC, Queens college NY, Fullerton University, CA, Hanano Masterclass, Tokyo Japan, Montreal Conservatory, Canada

For more than 20 years, Nicolas Duchamp has been Professor of flute in France at the Creteil National School, the Music Center in Neuilly, Gustav Charpentier Music Conservatory, Nanterre Music School and Maison de culture du Vesinet.
In 2009, The family of Philippe Gaubert (1874-1941) formally commissioned Mr. Duchamp to celebrate Gaubert’s contribution to the French Art of Flute playing in a worldwide tour. Duchamp created the concert and film homage, GAUBERT VIVANT! which he presented in a US tour including Carnegie Hall in New York, and Spivey Hall in Atlanta where he recorded an historic performance on the famous Gaubert flute Louis Lot N° 1986 for American public
Radio’s “Performance Today” for over 5 million listeners. This personal connection makes Duchamp a unique representative of the French flute school in the flute word. Several international flute magazines favorably reviewed Mr. Duchamp and his performances: Flute talk (USA), Traversiere Magazine (France), Flute (UK), NY Flute Club News Letter ,(USA), France- Amerique (USA), The flute view (USA).  Mr Duchamp performs on the Louis LOT Gaubert flute (1886) , a 14K gold Muramatsu.  Since 2013, he lives in the US.

Originally from the United States, Patricia Nagle (Faculty) came to France after receiving her Bachelors Degree in Performance at the University of Massachusetts to continue flute studies with Maxence Larrieu and Michel Debost while participating in the Master Classes of Jean-Pierre Rampal and András Adorján.

Engaged directly thereafter by the very well-known French conductor, Michel Plasson, as principal flute in the National Orchestre du Capitole of Toulouse, she performed at Carnegie Hall in New York and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., following which she was engaged as Piccolo solo by the National Orchestre of Bordeaux-Aquitaine, directed by Roberto Benzi.

She has been invited regularly to perform as principal flute by the Foundation Gulbenkian Orchestra of Lisbon, Portugal, under the direction of Muhai Tang, Philippe Bender, Richard Hickox and Wolfgang Sawallisch and has appeared as soloist with international orchestras touring in Germany and France. ..Including performance-récital at the Lobkovitz Castle in the Tchec capital of Prague and in the presence of Prince Lobkovitz, his family and special invited international guests.  Patricia Nagle has performed and recorded under the direction of many illustrious conductors, including Zdenek Macal, Eliahu Inbal, John Elliott Gardiner, Kurt Mazur, Klaus Weise, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Jesus Lopez-Cobos and Nello Santi.

Very much involved with classical as well as contemporary repertoire, she has participated in many recordings, notably with EMI television broadcasts and radio programs throughout Europe. Her interest in the music of the 20th century has led her to create and premier works written for her by composers Anthony Girard, Vincent Paulet and Alain Besson.

Presently, Patricia Nagle is member of the instrumental ensemble “A Ciel Ouvert” comprised of soloists directed by Bernard Calmel and of the Romantic European Orchestra performing at the “Salle Gaveau” in Paris.  Very involved with research and publicity concerning her profession and pedagogy, Patricia Nagle has interviewed James Galway, Michel Debost, and Joanne Bennett. Also, she has written articles concerning physical therapists for musicians and specifically about the new quarter tone flute, the “Kingma System” invented by the flutemaker Eva Kingma in Holland. In fact, Patricia Nagle owns and performs on a Kingma System alto flute made for her by this expert craft flutemaker.
When performing older works for flute, Patricia Nagle uses a Chris Abell instrument made of wood and silver. For works written for Piccolo, she uses a Braun piccolo and she plays modern and contemporary repertoire on a Nagahara 20K Gold flute.

Praised for her “brilliance and beauty of tone” by the Baltimore Sun, Powell Artist Nancy Stagnitta (Faculty) is a leading crossover artist as both classical flutist and jazz artist. Her passion, versatility, and elegant artistry have led to concert engagements in Africa, Europe, Asia, and across the U.S. In 2018, she will appear as concerto soloist with the China National Symphony in Beijing.

Her recent album with Grammy Award winner Bob James, “In the Chapel in the Moonlight,” has garnered acclaim across musical genres, and was described in JAZZIZ magazine as “…captivating… brilliant… striking… Stagnitta effortlessly picks up on [James’] attitude, sounding not unlike Herbie Mann or Hubert Laws.” “Nancy Stagnitta is among a very few flutists on the planet who can truly play both classical and jazz flute,” says legendary flutist Jim Walker. “The recent recording with Bob James speaks volumes to her fluency and talent in great flute playing.” It was declared “an album to be treasured” by renowned flutist Paula Robison. Stagnitta has also recorded contemporary American classical repertoire for Capstone Records, and was recently featured on American Public Media’s Performance Today.

Appointed as U.S.I.A. Artistic Ambassador to southern Africa, she appeared as soloist and taught masterclasses in Angola, Botswana, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique and Namibia. She has also performed at the Shanghai Conservatory, the Biblioteca Universitaria di Napoli, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, and on the Voice of America Broadcast Network and National Public Radio. A two-time recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council Solo Artist Award, she was named a semi-finalist in the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition.

Former piccoloist with the Baltimore and Sarasota Opera Orchestras, she has appeared as concerto soloist with the National Gallery Orchestra in Washington, D.C. and served as artist/faculty at the Amalfi Coast International Music Festival in Italy, the Da Capo Festival in Utah, the Panoramic Flutist in Colorado, the Hot Springs Festival in Arkansas, and the Montecito Festival in California. She was the featured jazz soloist at the National Flute Association Convention in Chicago.

A passionate educator, Stagnitta currently serves as Instructor of Flute at Interlochen Arts Academy, a world leader in arts education. Her students have consistently attended top conservatory programs, won major awards and competitions, and can be heard in orchestras and ensembles around the world. Eight of her students have won the prestigious $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, and subsequently appeared on NPR’s “From the Top,” since 2009. She has offered masterclasses in Germany, Italy, Shanghai, and at American universities in Austin, Boulder, and Phoenix, among many others. As a result of her holistic approach to teaching, and to an ongoing collaboration with the dance and physics departments at Interlochen, she was invited to present a lecture on the relationship between body alignment, resonance, and injury prevention at the 2011 Performing Artist and Athlete Science Symposium. She earned her degrees from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, where she received the Ashworth Prize. Her teachers include Robert Willoughby, Tim Day, and Mark Sparks. www.nancystagnitta.com



Sherry Lowry Jensen (Administrative Assistant) has worked as an Administrative Assistant for the Salt Lake Flute Forum in 2013 and the Da Capo Paris Flute Class in 2014, and is looking forward to another successful event.  Sherry received a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance from Brigham Young University and was a student of Dr. April Clayton.  She then went on to receive a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from Arizona State University, studying with Dr. Elizabeth Buck.  Performing in various master classes, Sherry has worked with many renowned flutists including Bonita Boyd, Brad Garner, Amy Porter, and Carol Wincenc. As a participant in the Snow College Flute Festival, Sherry was chosen as a master class performer and was a recital winner two years consecutively. Recently, she was selected as a performer at the Salt Lake Flute Forum.  Sherry has studied in Paris as part of the European American Music Alliance and Da Capo Paris Flute Class. As a chamber musician in the EAMA program, she received special honors in counterpoint and was selected to perform in the final concert.

Sherry currently resides near Park City, Utah where she is an elementary music teacher. She performs regularly with local musicians and maintains an active flute studio.