Flute and Suzuki Flute
Flutist Kelly Williamson enjoys a busy career as a freelance musician and teacher. She plays regularly for local arts events such as the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts, Cambridge Culture Days, and A Day and a Night in Hespeler, and is active as a member of the flute and guitar ensemble Duo Calixa. Among its recent engagements, Duo Calixa performed as part of the University of Waterloo’s noon-hour concert series and for the Guelph Kiwanis Festival Gala. The duo is also preparing to record its first CD, “Caminos”, to be released in the fall of 2014.
Kelly began her flute studies at the Academy of Music Program at Mount Royal College, Calgary where she had many opportunities to play in master classes for renowned musicians, including the eminent flutist and pedagogue Geoffrey Gilbert. She moved to Montreal in 1988 to study with Timothy Hutchins and Heather Howes at McGill University, earning a Bachelor’s degree in performance with Distinction. She completed a Masters’ degree in performance at l’Universite de Montreal in 1997, studying with Denis Bluteau.
Since 1996 Kelly has trained and specialized as a teacher with the Suzuki approach, studying in Japan with Toshio Takahashi and being appointed a Teacher Trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) in 2006. She is invited to teach at workshops all over the world, including Canada, the US, Latin America, England, Tanzania, Japan, Europe, and Australia. She serves on the SAA’s Teacher Development Advisory Committee and flute committee, as well as being the SAA representative to the International Suzuki Association flute committee, and the flute columnist for the American Suzuki Journal. She has adjudicated for festivals, including the Kiwanis Music Festival, and been a frequent clinician in schools. She embraces working with flute students from age four to forever! She is also a devotee of hot yoga and likes gardening and studying languages in her spare time.