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.  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.

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.

Patricia Nagle, Currently professor at the internationally renowned l’Ecole Normale de Musique-Alfred Cortot in Paris, is originally from the United States. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Performance at the University of Massachusetts, she was awarded a scholarship from the French government to study in France with Maxence Larrieu and Michel Debost, while participation in Master Classes of Jean-Pierre Rampal and Andras Adorjan. French conductor Michel Plasson directly engaged her as Principal Flute in the National Orchestre du Capitole of Toulouse, which led her to performances in Carnegie Hall, New York and the Kennedy Arts Center in Washington, D.C. Followed by the National Orchestre of Bordeaux-Aquitaine directed by Roberto Benzi . Internationally, she has been invited regularly to be principal flute by the Foundation Gulbenkian Orchestra of Lisbon – Portugal, under the direction of Muhai Tang, Philippe Bender and Richard Hickox, Wolfgang Sawallisch . Acting as Principal flûte in the many Orchestres of Paris, and Piccolo of the Romantic European Orchestra performing at the Salle Gaveau, Salle Pleyel. Patricia Nagle has performed, recorded under the direction of illustrious conductors such as Michel Plasson, Zdenek Macal, Eliahu Inbal, John Elliott Gardiner, Kurt Mazur, Klaus Weise, Yann-Pascal Tortelier, Jesus Lobez-Cobos and Nello Santi and had collaborated with such artistes as Jessey Norman, June Anderson. Promoting classical as well as contemporary repertoire, she has enjoyed continuous success with her recordings of various programs with EMI, Quantum, Coriolan … television broadcasts and radio programmes in Europe and in Asia. She has contributed to several premieres of Xu Yi Anthony Girard, Vincent Paulet, Alain Besson, Arthur Ahronyan, Peyman Fazinpour, Michel Lysight, Jan Friedlan, Gary Schocker. Invited to festivals in Moscow at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Xi’An, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Washington D.C. and Orlando. She has appeared as soloist with International orchestras touring in Germany, Italy Romania and France. A renowned teacher, Patricia Nagle is regularly invited to teach Master classes in Paris, Italy, China, Korea, and Morocco and in Russia. In addition to being an exceptional musician, Patricia Nagle has shown multiple talents performing on different flutes, a Kingma system Alto flute 1/4 ton flute and a Kingma bass flute made for her by Eva Kingma and has written articles concerning physical therapy and posture for musicians, and about the new quarter tone flute, the “System Kingma” for the National Flute Association, La Traversiere, Pan, and Itemm- Institut Technologie Europeen des Metiers de la Musique. French Diplomas titulaire of D.E and P.E.A. “Hors classe”.

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

Hélène Jeanney (Collaborative Pianist) was born in Paris and started musical studies at age five. She graduated from the Paris Conservatory at age 17 with first prizes in piano and chamber music, then won a Fulbright Scholarship to study at Indiana University with Gyorgy Sebok. She holds a professional studies degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Jerome Lowenthal. Ms. Jeanney has been a soloist with the Paris National Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. She has performed as a soloist and as a chamber musician at the Alliance Française, Lycée Français de New York, the United Nations, Rockefeller University, Bargemusic, and Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium. She regularly performs at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall with her chamber music group, Elysium. Ms. Jeanney has received prizes in the Concours International d’Epinal, the Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition, and The Chopin National Piano Competition in Miami. She is on the faculty of Hoff-Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale, New York and has a private teaching studio in Manhattan.

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.

Sophia (Shuhui) Zhou (Collaborative Pianist) is a classical pianist based in New York City. Born and raised in Shanghai, she was offered full scholarship by Oberlin College as the first double-degree bachelor student from mainland, China. She has obtained Bachelor of Music degree on piano performance, Bachelor of Arts degree on German Literature and Master of Music degree from Mannes College of Music. She spent a year furthering her duo study in Vienna, Austria,during which she was under tutorage of Jan Jiraceck von Arnim, professor of University of Music and Performing Arts of Vienna and Morton Solvik, renowned Mahler scholar.

Her concert appearances include the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Carnegie Weil Concert Hall, Steinway and Son hall in New York City, Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C., Shanghai Concert Hall, National Library of Catalonia, Juventudes Musicales in Sevilla etc. She has played in masterclasses of Richard Goode, Jacque Rouvier, Barry Douglas, Christopher Elton, Leslie Howard, Bernd Goetzke, Karl-Heinz Kaemmerling, Ruth Slenszynska, Ann Schein,etc. Her appearances in music festivals such as the Mannes Sound Festival, Piano Texas Festival, Barcelona Piano Academy, Beethoven Institute, Euroarts Festival in Austria, Baroque Performance Institute and Holland Music Sessions have been highly acclaimed. She is also the recipient of the International Award for Barcelona Piano Academy 2016, engaged for 5 solo recitals in Spain in 2017.

Ms. Sophia Zhou is currently in the Professional Studies Diploma program in Mannes College of Music, under the tutelage of Thomas Sauer. She is also serving as a faculty member in Hoff- Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale, New York.

Adrienne Tedjamulia Read (Administrative Assistant) has taught flute in adjunct positions at Southern Utah University, Snow College, and Brigham Young University. In previous years, she participated as a performer in the Da Capo Alliance Paris Summer Flute Class and the Salt Lake Flute Forum, as well as co-organized the Washington Elementary Musicians Festival and the Summer Snow Flute Festival. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in flute performance from Brigham Young University as a student of Dr. April Clayton and will begin doctoral studies at Florida State University this fall.