Mary Kay Adams, executive director and principal flutist of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, is also principal flutist of the Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra. She has played flute in the Roanoke Symphony and was principal cellist of both the Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra and the Fort Smith Symphony. Active as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician on both flute and cello, she has performed at conventions of the National Flute Association and Music Educators National Conference. Her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in flute and cello performance are from the University of North Texas, where she did additional doctoral work in flute performance.
Previously, she was assistant director of the honors program at James Madison University; a music faculty member at James Madison University, Eastern Mennonite University, Bridgewater College, Mary Baldwin College, Washington and Lee University, Liberty University, and Arkansas Tech University; a flute and cello instructor in the preparatory music program at EMU; and a freelance performer and teacher in the Dallas metropolitan area.
Adams has played in the Bach Festival Orchestra for all twenty-four seasons.