Dianne Williams began playing the flute at age ten while
attending elementary school in rural Ohio. Within no time at
all, she realized that playing the flute was more than just a
hobby...it was a passion. She received many musical accolades
during her high school years, including the principal flutist
for the Canton Youth Symphony and the Orion award for the most
outstanding musician in her school.
With scholarships for being valedictorian of her graduating
class and for her musical talents, Dianne attended Wittenberg
University in Springfield, Ohio, and received a Bachelor of
Music in Instrumental Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in
English, graduating as Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and
with honors and distinction in both degrees.
She very much wanted to continue her musical training, but
instead took a respectable job in marketing, utilizing her
creativity and her English degree. After a three-year career
in marketing and advertising, Dianne decided to put her
passion for music on the front burner again and to follow her
heart. She invested in a professional-level handmade flute and
created a rigorous daily practice schedule for herself.
Somehow, she had a feeling that music was the right path for
One day, after skimming through a flute-related newsletter
printed in California...a newsletter which she hadn't been
reading for some time...Dianne noticed a very small black and
white advertisement staring at her from the trash can. The
headline read, "Graduate Assistantship Opportunity."
It was enough to spark her interest. As she read the ad, all
she could think was, "I should have gone to graduate
school and gotten a Masters Degree in Flute Performance."
As she reached the bottom of the ad, she realized that it took
a publication from the other side of the country to make her
aware that a graduate school just 34 miles from her home was
the answer to her prayers.
So a few weeks later, Dianne auditioned at the University
of Akron having decided that she would only go back to school
if she received a full-tuition scholarship. After all, she was
engaged, soon to be married, and the extra cost of graduate
school in addition to the loss of her salary would be too much
for a newlywed couple. She had faith that she would get a
full-tuition scholarship if a career in music was meant to be.
After all, what did she have to lose? If she didn't get a
full-tuition scholarship, she would keep her job as an
advertising Account Executive by day, and closet musician by
Much to her surprise, Dianne soon discovered that she had
indeed received a full-tuition scholarship. She left her
advertising career behind, and dusted off her old backpack. In
one whirlwind year, she obtained her Masters Degree in
Performance with a 4.0 GPA and was inducted into the national
music honor society, Pi Kappa Lambda. During that time, she
also won two competitions, providing the opportunity to
perform for Jack Wellbaum, former piccolo player for the
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and renowned flutist Paula
Robison of the New England Conservatory of Music.
Divine intervention continued to lead her down a path of
musical bliss and success. She had always dreamt of being a
recording artist. Aspiring to be like Jim Brickman, Enya, and
Sarah Brightman, Dianne had big ideas and it seemed that
everyone who heard her perform thought she was perfect for the
One sunny morning, Dianne was witness to a "sign"
indicating that a recording venture was the right thing to do.
She found a dollar bill on the sidewalk, and although it may
sound crazy to many, to her that dollar bill was a sign. You
see, Dianne had prayed that she would win the lottery, but she
would only buy a ticket if she found a dollar bill on a
sidewalk. It's a funny prayer, considering that there are no
sidewalks in her rural little hometown. But on the very day
that she was going to the recording studio for the first time
to start planning her CD "Simplicity," she happened
to walk out of her way to get to a sidewalk she had never used
before. And there on the edge of the sidewalk, barely
fluttering in the brisk breeze, was a crisp dollar bill. How
that dollar bill survived the violent, thunderous storm the
night before and why Dianne walked the opposite direction of
her class (for which she was already late) to get to this
sidewalk...well, these things are still mysteries.
Sure, some might call it coincidence. But not Dianne. Dianne
calls it her sign. To her, that simple dollar bill was a sign
that the "lottery" was the investment of this
recording, and she was going to win. It was time to buy a
ticket into her own future. That dollar bill is now framed in
her studio, and is a constant reminder that she was sent to
this Earth to bring beautiful music to those who are willing
In June 2001, Dianne recorded Simplicity. Everyone who
heard it was moved by its sincerity, purity, and fusion of
classical and contemporary. Almost to Dianne's own surprise,
CDs were selling like hotcakes immediately. Audience members
were asking for autographs. Orders were coming in every day.
Performance opportunities became more plentiful. Fans begged
for a holiday album.
So, in August 2002, Dianne released her second album, Tinsel.
Featuring well-known and lesser-known traditional holiday
melodies from around the world, fans raved about the new CD
which included their favorite festive melodies and introduced
new songs to their holiday traditions. She performed 40
concerts in 35 days that holiday season. Fans loved every
celebratory second. Once again, they begged for another album.
Exactly one year later, in August 2003, Lovesong
made its debut. Fans fell in love with the album's original
arrangements based on sentimental and romantic melodies from
folk songs, operas, ballets, and classical chamber music.
Anyone who wanted to remember loved ones while listening to
music or share their love with others…from spouses to kids,
from relatives to friends…found that Lovesong was the
perfect way to do exactly that. They are already asking for
another album. Dianne will most likely oblige.
In her "spare time," Dianne has also taught
several courses, including music theory for college music
majors at Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio; informational classes
entitled "Catch the Wave" for middle school students
through the Canton Symphony Educational Outreach program; and
recorder classes for elementary students as part of the Canton
Symphony's "After School Alive" program. She is an
associate flutist and piccolo player with several professional
symphony orchestras throughout Ohio and West Virginia
including Columbus, Akron, Canton, Ashland, Mansfield,
Wheeling, and Tuscarawas. Presently, she operates a studio of
private flute students and performs regularly as a featured
soloist in concerts and performances.