Mary Kay Adams, SVBF Executive Director and principal flutist, is currently principal flutist in the Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra, where she was previously principal cellist. She has played flute in the Roanoke Symphony and cello in the Fort Smith (Arkansas) Symphony. A Senior Lecturer in Music at Eastern Mennonite University, she is active as a soloist and chamber musician on both flute and cello and has performed at conventions of the National Flute Association and Music Educators National Conference. Her Bachelor of Music degree is from the University of North Texas in both flute and cello performance and her Master of Music is from UNT in flute performance. Ms. Adams has played in the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival for every one of its twenty-one seasons.
Previously, she was assistant director of the Honors Program at James Madison University. She has taught in the music departments of several colleges and universities, including James Madison University, Bridgewater College, Mary Baldwin College, Washington and Lee University, Liberty University, and Arkansas Tech University. She has also taught in the Preparatory Music Program at EMU.