BOUNTIFUL - the best love stories can start from the smallest quirks of fate.
Award-winning flutist April Clayton, who was born and raised in Bountiful, juggles performances around the world in her position as associate professor at BYU. Though she recently released her second solo album, “Flute Horizons,” Clayton remembers that she might have been an oboe player except for her small size.
“I grew up in a musical family, and my older sister played the oboe,” said Clayton. “When I turned eight I decided I wanted to as well, but my sister’s teacher said I was a little small for the oboe. She suggested that I start with the flute, then work my way up to the oboe later.”
Clayton, however, was enchanted by the thought of the new instrument.
“I thought a flute sounded so cool,” she said. “I forgot all about the oboe. I wanted to have my own instrument.”
In the following years, Clayton has definitely made the instrument her own. She performed as a soloist and chamber artist in London, Zurich, Paris, Riva del Garda, Leipzig, Moscow, Vancouver, Mexico, throughout South Korea and across the United States. She also served as a guest artist instructor at the Conservatoire MJC du Vesinet and the Centre de Musique F. Hasselmann in France and has performed on several CDs with various orchestras and other musical groups. She currently teaches all flute majors at BYU.
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