In the greater Seattle area, flutist and music educator Kayla Smith always enjoys playing a diversity of repertoire with an absolute commitment to communicating the essence of music through feeling and expression. Smith has performed at Benaroya Hall, Central Washington University, Hal Holmes Center, Lake Hills Church, St. Louise Parish, Crossroads Mall, Olympia Capitol Building, Washington, and the Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside. Her music contains the varied influences such as Vivaldi, Kuhlau, Ian Clarke, Robert Dick, and Claude Bolling.
During her high school and undergraduate school years, Smith gained experience playing in Jazz band. This included performing at the Reno Jazz Festival, Nevada, Newport Jazz Festival, and Bellevue Jazz Festival, the latter performance earned her an outstanding soloist award on alto-saxophone. Aside from the numerous school ensembles Kayla participated in ensembles such as, the British-Isles Mill Girls, first collegiate honor band for the Western International Band Clinic, and pit-orchestras for musicals like “The Music Man”, and “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Smith also gained a reputation in college for her conducting skills, giving her the opportunity to conduct the flute choir arrangement of Bizet’s “Farandole.”
In the community, Smith has performed and taught at numerous venues such as, the Bellevue Boys and Girls preschool, Sherwood Forest Elementary, Han’s Jensen Day Camp, Molbak’s, and Brookdale Senior Living. In 2015, she conducted the large ensemble of the Eastside’s Flute Boot Camp, Bellevue. Currently, Kayla teaches elementary music in various school districts in the east side of King county, and during her spare time gives flute clinics at schools in Bellevue. Smith also teaches privately in her flute studio in Bellevue.
Aside from participating in the Woodinville based flute choir, Ah Tempos, Smith is currently working on a recital project, that she hopes to take place within the next year.
Kayla holds a bachelors degree in music education from Central Washington University, WA.