April Johannesen is a versatile professional musician whose musical endeavors spreads across a vast array of genres and styles. April Johannesen has been the 2nd clarinetist with the Fort Collins Symphony since November of 2003. She is also the 2nd clarinetist with the Steamboat Springs Orchestra. With a very active freelance orchestral career, April performs regularly with the Colorado Symphony, Greeley Philharmonic, Boulder Philharmonic, Cheyenne Symphony, Breckenridge Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, Colorado Chamber Orchestra, Emerald City Opera, Wyoming Symphony, One World Symphony, Spectrum Symphony, Austin Lyric Opera, Tulsa Symphony, Tulsa Ballet and the Long Island Pops Orchestra. She has toured and recorded numerous times with the Air Force Academy Band. She has also toured with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players.
An active doubler, April is a member of the BDT Stage Orchestra, playing clarinets, flutes, saxophones and double reeds. She is the Bass Clarinetist of Wil Swindler’s Elevenet, a premiere jazz band in Denver, Colorado. April is also a member of the Jesse Manley Band where she plays bass clarinet and clarinet. She can be heard on the commercially available recording, Universe B with Wil Swindler’s Elevenet on the Origin Records label and A Gothic Folktale with the Jesse Manley Band. In 2008, she performed on the main stage at the International Association of Jazz Education Convention.
April received her Masters Degree from the Brooklyn College Conservatory. There she served as assistant conductor to Dr. Paul Shelden for the Brooklyn College Wind Ensemble and as a Director of Chamber Ensembles. Ms. Johannesen spent several years in New York City as an active free-lance musician. In the summer of 2000, April attended the Henry Mancini Institute in Los Angeles. Her principal teachers have included Mark Nuccio, Paul Garner, David Weber, Michael Webster, Laurie Friedman, Mindy Dragovich.
April resides in Longmont, Colorado with her husband, composer Wil Swindler, their daughter, Annika Johannesen, her beloved dog, Grub, and her kitties, Oscar, Ella and Rosie. Together they enjoy weightlifting, hiking, traveling, golfing, racquetball and gardening. Her passion for gorillas and her love of the bass clarinet inspired April to commission composer Wil Swindler to write a concerto for her depicting the life and struggles of wild gorillas.
To learn more about April, visit her website at www.apriljohannesen.com.
To learn more about the Auroria Trio, visit their website at www.auroriatrio.com.
To hear clips from Universe B, visit Wil Swindler’s Elevenet website at www.jazz11.com.