Clayton joined the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in 2013. Since then, he immersed himself in the local arts scene by making appearances at the Alberta Baroque Society, C'mon Festival, Early Music Alberta, Edmonton Chamber Music Society, Edmonton Recital Society, and with the Chamber Orchestra of Edmonton. He has collaborated with Edmonton locals Nuela Charles and Martin Kerr, and performed locally, nationally and internationally with Kent Sangster's jazz ensemble, Obsessions Octet.
Before moving to Edmonton, Clayton was the principal violist with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and violist of the Atlantic String Quartet and regularly performed with the Victoria and Vancouver Island Symphonies.
Clayton has performed as a soloist with the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra of Edmonton, Edmonton Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, Newfoundland Symphony, and the University of Victoria Orchestra. He has been featured in YEG fitness magazine and performed in the film industry and for Royalty.
A spirited educator, Clayton teaches at the MacEwan Conservatory. He has taught in the Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory division and has been an orchestral mentor and chamber music coach at the Courtenay Youth Music Centre, Langley Community Music School, Youth Orchestra of Northern Alberta, Music Enrichment Edmonton, Strathcona County String Music Camp and at the University of Victoria.
A native of Fort Langley BC, he began violin lessons at the Langley Community Music School. He continued his studies at the University of Victoria, and then pursued the viola at the University of Minnesota and the Cleveland Institute of Music. His mentors include Yariv Aloni, Heilwig von Koenigslow, Korey Konkol, the Lafayette String Quartet, Lucia Shipperus, Sharon Stanis and Robert Vernon.
Aside from playing violin and viola, Clayton is fond of the piano and ukulele, and in his free time he may be spotted around Edmonton playing soccer and lifting weights at the gym.