Adjudicators

Brass & Woodwind

Flutist Kelly Williamson enjoys a busy career as a freelance musician and teacher. As a Teacher Trainer for the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) she is invited to give workshops and pedagogy courses all over the world, most lately in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. Her pedagogical activities include co-producing “A Young Flutist’s Anthology”, a recording project for students which features the renowned Canadian flutist Suzanne Shulman and pianist Valerie Tryon, CM. The CD, on which she also performs, was released in September 2015. As a member of the flute and guitar ensemble Duo Calixa she appears on the CD “Caminos”, featuring music by Piazzolla, Villa-Lobos, and Machado. She is currently involved in the revision of the Suzuki Flute Method repertoire books as SAA representative to the International Suzuki Association, and is the flute columnist for the American Suzuki Journal.

Kelly began her flute studies at the prestigious Academy of Music Program at Mount Royal College, Calgary. As a student she participated in master classes with Geoffrey Gilbert and Peter Lloyd and other master flute teachers. She moved to Montreal 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 with Denis Bluteau. She also studied privately with Toshio Takahashi, founder of the Suzuki Flute Method, in Matsumoto, Japan.

Piano & Graded Piano

Diana Dumlavwalla is an Assistant Professor of Piano Pedagogy at Florida State University. Previously, Diana taught at Western University, University of Toronto, University of Windsor and Wilfrid Laurier University. She also serves as a member of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s College of Examiners and adjudicates at local, regional and state/provincial competitions.  

As a soloist and chamber musician, Diana has performed in North America, Europe and Australia. She has presented lecture recitals and papers at numerous conferences and her research has been featured in journals such as American Music Teacher, Canadian Music Teacher, and the International Journal of Music Education. She is currently the President-Elect for the Florida State Music Teachers Association.

Originally from Brantford, Diana holds a D.M.A. degree from the University of Toronto, M.Mus. from the Royal College of Music (U.K.) and B.Mus. from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Strings

Carmen Evans has been teaching violin and viola at the Suzuki String School of Guelph (SSSG) since 2006. Carmen has a BA from the University of Guelph, where she was the recipient of the Gloria Guthrie Memorial Music Scholarship. An active leader in the Suzuki music community, Carmen is a past-Chair of the Suzuki Association of Ontario.

Voice & Musical Theatre

Susan Gudgeon‘s passion for singing is evident in her extensive resume chronicling her over three decades of experiences as a professional vocalist, actor, dancer and adjudicator.

Her considerable experience performing with professional opera companies , orchestras and musical theater companies across Canada is a testament to her professionalism, talent and strength. She has also spent several seasons performing at Stratford and Shaw Festivals.

Yet it is the unparalleled joy with which she shares her wealth of knowledge that makes Susan an inspirational vocal coach and mentor. Her goal is simple: To help every singer to develop a “Dynamic voice” and guide them in the art of performance in order to fully develop a students full potential.

Many of Susan’s Students have moved on to University Vocal Departments, secondary musical theater programs and professional careers. A great many of them have also moved on as vocal teachers using her unique vocal techniques to guide their own students.

I am so excited to be able to adjudicate for this wonderful festival and be part of a new way of proceeding under our current challenges. It’s a new frontier, so lets enjoy it!