One of the leading woodwind quintets in the Western United States, the Orpheus Winds carries on a forty-year tradition. They have appeared at many national and international venues, including engagements in Chicago, New York, Beijing and Shanghai, China. Most recently, the ensemble has performed recitals in Puebla, Mexico, and in Salvador, Brazil.
Orpheus Winds is composed of:
April Clayton, a native of Bountiful, Utah, has returned to the Utah area as the flute professor at BYU and a member of the Orpheus Winds quintet. She has performed in Moscow, New York City, Barbados, Italy, and across the United States. This year she presented solo recitals in Seoul and Incheon, South Korea, and in New York’s Carnegie Hall as an Artists International Solo Recital Debut Award Recipient. Dr. Clayton has been Principal Flute and Concerto Soloist with the New York Lyric Orchestra, and has performed at the Sarasota Music Festival and as a member of the Jupiter Symphony, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. She received her D.M.A. from The Juilliard School, where she was a Starr Doctoral Fellow; she also graduated summa cum laude from Cincinnati Conservatory and was a National Merit Scholar at Oberlin Conservatory. Ms. Clayton won First Place in the MTNA Competition and the Jefferson Symphony Young Artist Concerto Competition, and was a winner of the Cincinnati Philharmonia Concerto Competition and the NFA Orchestral Audition Competition. Carol Wincenc, Dr. Bradley Garner, and Michel Debost are among her past teachers.
Geralyn Giovannetti is professor of oboe at Brigham Young University and the Associate Director (Undergraduate Studies) of the School of Music. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario in her native Canada and has a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Michigan. As a member of the award winning Canadian ensemble, Essex Winds, she has performed and studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. This ensemble has performed in Europe, the United States, and throughout Canada. The Essex Winds have recorded frequently for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and were selected by the Canadian Music Center to record the compact disc “Quintette”. This CD was nominated for a 1997 Juno Award. The Essex Winds have also released two recordings of classical and twentieth century works. Dr. Giovannetti has taught at the Universities of Western Ontario, Windsor, and Michigan. She has performed with the orchestras of London (Canada), Kitchener, Calgary, and Utah, as well as the Canadian Chamber Orchestra. She was Principal Oboe of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra from 1983-1990.
Laurence Lowe, a prizewinner at the 1996 McMahon International Solo Competition, has established a national reputation as a horn soloist, orchestral player, and teacher. He has been a soloist at five international horn workshops sponsored by the International Horn Society. Mr. Lowe has performed numerous recitals at colleges and universities throughout the United States. A former member of the Utah Symphony, Mr. Lowe is principal horn of The Orchestra at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. Orchestral and chamber music engagements have taken him to Europe, the Far East, Brazil, Mexico, Carnegie Hall, and the Blossom Festival in Cleveland. Mr. Lowe records extensively for motion pictures and television, and can be heard playing principal horn on many current motion pictures and television shows. He recently played solo horn in Mannheim Steamrollers “A Fresh Air Christmas” video. He has recorded his first solo CD, an album of American sonatas for horn and piano available through Tantara Recordings.
Jaren Hinckley received a Doctor of Music Degree from The Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, where he studied with Frank Kowalsky. He holds a Masters Degree in Clarinet Performance from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana where he studied with James Campbell and Howard Klug; and a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Utah, where he studied with Christie Lundquist. Other teachers include David M. Randall, John Fullam, and Sonia DeFord. Included in his solo work are performances with the Utah Symphony, the Canyonlands New Music Ensemble, and the Manhattan School of Music Philharmonia. He has recorded two CD’s with the Canyonlands New Music Ensemble and the Utah Composers Ensemble--chamber groups dedicated to the advancement of new music. Through his involvement with these groups and others, he has performed the world-premieres of many solo and chamber works. He has created a new approach to music pedagogy based on the acting techniques of Constantin Stanislavski.
Christian Smith is the bassoon professor at Brigham Young University’s School of Music. From 1993-1997 he served as coordinator of Woodwind Studies at Ricks College where he founded the Ricks College Chamber Winds ensemble and frequently conducted the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. As an orchestral musician Mr. Smith has played under such conductors as Robert Shaw, Raymond Leppard, John Williams, Joseph Silverstein, Maxim Shostakovich, Keith Lockhart, and others. Likewise, he has performed with the Utah Symphony, Utah Opera, Ballet West Orchestra, Toledo Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, Flint (Michigan) Symphony, Michigan Chamber Players, Utah Chamber Artists, Colors of the Baroque, Canyon Winds Woodwind Quintet, and Orpheus Wind Quintet. Currently Mr. Smith is principal bassoonist with the Orchestra at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. As a studio musician, he has recorded under the Telarc, Biddulph, Prima, Shadow Mountain, and Mormon Tabernacle Choir record labels as well as for numerous film and television scores. Mr. Smith is a doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan where he studied with Richard Beene.