conductor and keyboardist who attended the College
of Wooster, Cornell
University and Stanford University,
and studied with Dr. Donald Jay Grout.
In 1969, he
became the principal keyboardist of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. His tenure got off to an auspicious and
proactive start. He asked
Leopold Sipe, the SPCO’s
music director, if he could perform a piece of music by Franz Joseph
Haydn. Leopold asked him what
instrument he intended on playing.
answered the harpsichord, Leopold said it wasn’t in the budget. Undeterred, Layton built one. His arsenal of instruments also includes
the celesta, fortepiano, pipe organ and synthesizer.
Public Radio aired his recital with Philip Brunelle
on 19th April 1981.
The program included Brunelle’s “Christ
the Lord Has Risen Today”, Lynwood Farnam’s
“Oh Sons and Daughters of the King”, Cesar Franck’s “Chorale
No. 3 in A minor”, George Frideric Handel’s
“Concerto Grosso in F major, Op. 3, No. 4,
HWV 314”, Herbert Howells’ “Saraband
for the Morning of Easter”, Paul Manz’s
“Unto Thee All Praise Be Given, King of Kings and Lord of Lords”,
Olivier Messiaen’s “Song for Birds”,
Flor Peters’ “All Glory Be to God on
High” and Charles-Marie Widor’s “Toccata”.
In April 2002,
the SPCO premiered his transcription for string orchestra of Johann
Sebastian Bach’s “Partita in B minor”. He was commissioned to compose a
cantata for SPCO board member Patricia Whitaker in 2007. On 7th April 2013, the
parish choir of St. Paul’s Cathedral
in Oklahoma City
performed his hymn, “They Rolled the Stone Away”.
works include “Two Festive Christmas Settings for Trumpet and Organ”
(Bach’s “Hear, King of Angels” and Handel’s “Joy
to the World”) and settings of the Holy Communion liturgy, “The
Star-Spangled Banner” and Handel’s Water Music.
In June 2010, he
retired from the SPCO. Other groups
with whom he worked during his career include the Atlanta Symphony
Orchestra, the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, Blue Baroque, the
Duluth Superior Symphony, the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, the Lake
Placid Sinfonietta, the Milwaukee Chamber
Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra, the
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, and the Stuttgart Opera.
In addition to
his career as a chamber and orchestral musician, he has served as a
clinician for the American Choral Directors Association and American Guild
of Organists and music director and principal organist of the Bethel Lutheran
Church in Hudson, Wisconsin.
which he appears include: Bach/Vivaldi: Concerti for 2 Violins, Boccherini: Cello Concerto in B flat major/J.C.
Concertante in A major/Grand Overture (Symphony)
Op. 18, No. 1, Pachelbel:
Canon and Gigue and Vivaldi: The Four Seasons by Pinchas Zukerman; Baroque
Trumpet Concertos and Trumpet
& Orchestra by Sergei Nakariakov; Copland: Appalachian Spring and Daniel S. Godfrey: Wrinkled Moon with the SPCO; Georg Friedrich Handel: Flute Sonatas, Opus 1, Numbers I-VI
with Julia Bogorad and Charles Ullery; Handel: Messiah by Robert Shaw; Paper Music by Bobby McFerrin; Party of Five: A Feast of Vivaldi & Telemann
with the Blue Baroque Band; Trumpet
Works by Gary Bordner; Virtuose Violakonzerte; Vivaldi/Tartini/C.P.E. Bach: Cello Concertos by Mstislav Rostropovich; William Mayer: Dream’s
End/Songs & Miniatures/Music for Brass and Winds; and, Zelenka:
Six Chamber Sonatas (volumes 1 & 2) with Kathryn Greenbank.