Mary Kay Adams, Bach Festival 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. Active as a soloist 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 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. A member of the music faculty at Eastern Mennonite University, Adams has played in the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival for every one of its twenty seasons.
She has held previous positions as the assistant director of the Honors Program at James Madison University; a music faculty member at JMU, 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 free-lance performer and teacher in the Dallas metropolitan area.