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 Williams Flutes Artist.

Nancy Stagnitta (Faculty) is Instructor of flute and chamber music at Interlochen Arts Academy, Artist/Faculty at the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival in Italy, and Principal Flutist with the Traverse Symphony. Praised for her “brilliance and beauty of tone” by the Baltimore Sun, she was appointed as U.S.I.A. Artistic Ambassador to southern Africa, where she presented concerts and master classes 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. A two-time recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council Solo Artist Award and a semi-finalist in the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, she was recently featured on the cover of Flute Talk magazine and was named a Powell Artist. Stagnitta formerly served as piccoloist with the Sarasota and Baltimore Opera Orchestras, extra player with the Baltimore Symphony, and has performed as concerto soloist with the National Gallery Orchestra. She collaborates with Paula Robison and Judith Mendenhall to host the annual Interlochen Flute Institute, and has offered masterclasses at the Shanghai Conservatory, the University of Texas at Austin, and Colorado University at Boulder among many others. She has also served as Artist/Faculty at the Montecito, Hot Springs, and Quartz Mountain Music Festivals. In 2016, she will be a guest artist at the Panoramic Flutist Seminar in Colorado, Carnegie Mellon University, and New England Conservatory. Also active as a jazz flutist, Stagnitta was a featured jazz soloist at the National Flute Association Convention in Chicago in 2014, and has been invited to perform as both recitalist and jazz artist at previous NFA Conventions held in New York City, Las Vegas, San Diego, Anaheim, Kansas City and Washington, D.C. She has recorded the music of contemporary American women composers for Capstone records, and released a jazz recording with Chamber Music America Jazz Composition Award winner Rob Levit. Her performances have been heard on National Public Radio’s WETA in Washington, D.C. NS KING FM in Seattle. 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. Stagnitta earned the degrees of bachelor and master of music from the Peabody Institute, where she received the Ashworth Prize. Her teachers include Robert Willoughby, Timothy Day, Mark Sparks, and Beatrice Keram.

Carol Wincenc (Faculty) is one of the most respected and acclaimed flutists performing today. She appears with orchestras worldwide and has premiered works written for her by numerous prominent composers. Ms. Wincenc’s musicianship is matched by a deep commitment to expanding the flute repertoire. With the Detroit Symphony, she gave the world premiere of a flute concerto written for her by Pulitzer-Prize winner Christopher Rouse. Ms. Wincenc also gave the world premiere of Henryk Gorecki’s Concerto-Cantata at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and the U.S. premiere with the Chicago Symphony. She is in demand for her interpretation Lukas Foss’s Renaissance Concerto for Flute and Orchestra-a work written for her, and has premiered concerti by Peter Schickele, Joan Tower, Paul Schoenfield and Tobias Picker-who composed The Rain In The Trees, a double concerto for her and soprano Barbara Hendricks inspired by the rainforest poems of W.S. Merwin. In a Valentine’s Day recital in New York’s Merkin Concert Hall in 1998, she premiered ten short “valentines” written for her by Gorecki, Schickele, and Michael Torke among others.

Ms. Wincenc has appeared with the St. Louis, Atlanta, and Seattle Symphonies; the Los Angeles and St. Paul Chamber Orchestras; and at the Mostly Mozart, Santa Fe, Spoleto, Caramoor, Marlboro, Sarasota, and Music @ Menlo festivals. Overseas, Ms. Wincenc has given acclaimed performances with the London Symphony, the English Chamber Orchestra, and at the Aldeburgh, Budapest, Tivoli and Frankfurt international music festivals. Equally sought after as a chamber musician, Ms. Wincenc has collaborated with the Guarneri, Emerson, Tokyo and Cleveland String Quartets; performed with sopranos Jessye Norman and Elly Ameling; pianist Emanuel Ax; and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Carol Wincenc is flutist with the New York Woodwind Quintet and the newly-formed Les Amies, with New York Philharmonic principal players Nancy Allen, harp, and Cynthia Phelps, viola.

Ms. Wincenc is a professor of flute at both the Juilliard School of Music and Stony Brook University. Carl Fischer recently published the first in a series of Carol Wincenc Signature Editions which features her favorite flute repertoire. Ms. Wincenc was First Prize Winner of the Walter W. Naumburg Solo Flute Competition; she resides in New York City.

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. A regular guest performer at the IDRS (International DoubleReed Society) annual conventions, Moss has twice held the position of resident collaborative pianist. He has soloed with orchestras in Idaho, Utah, Texas, California, Washington D.C. and Montevideo, Uruguay. In 2009, Moss collaborated with the City of Prague Orchestra and members of the Martinu Quartet in recording various works for Deseret Book’s “Sunday Morning with Beethoven,” and with Cellist Nicole Pinnell in recording the CD “Sunday Morning with Classical Cello.” His performances of Prokofiev’s third piano concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony as well as both concertos of Chopin with the Utah Chamber Orchestra in collaboration with Ballet West have been lauded by music critics.

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, Telarc and BMG.

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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.