Kayla Smith is a Midwestern bassoonist who is just as likely to be found performing Mozart concerti and the Nielsen quintet as she is baking pies at Wichita’s Old Cowtown Museum.
Kayla enjoys performing solo works ranging from Telemann to Jenni Brandon for Sigma Alpha Iota chapter meetings, retirement homes, and other community events in Kansas and Oklahoma.
As part of her undergraduate experience, Kayla was a member of the Sooner Bassoners ensemble where she played both tenor bassoon contrabassoon. She has competed at the Oklahoma Music Educators Association Chamber Competition and was a member of the Helianthus quartet at Wichita State University. She is currently serves as the second bassoonist of the Hutchinson Symphony and freelances in the greater Wichita area.
Kayla’s musical journey inspired her to share her passion for music and the bassoon by teaching private lessons. She currently serves as the adjunct professor of bassoon at Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS. In addition to her passion for performing and private teaching, Kayla is obtaining her teaching licensure in the state of Kansas. She is currently in her student teaching semester.
Besides performing and teaching, Kayla enjoys spending time at Old Cowtown Museum in Wichita. She educates the public about Wichita’s history from 1865 to 1880 by dressing up in the fashions of the time, demonstrates the treadle sewing machine and cooking on the woodburning stove, leads school programs, and participates in melodramatic skits to demonstrate entertainment.
Kayla holds a master’s degree in instrumental music education at Wichita State University where she studied with Zachary Hague. She completed her bachelor of musical arts degree at the University of Oklahoma. Her former teachers include Rodney Ackmann and Steven Houser.