Mikayla Farmer, also known as K, is a well-versed performer, holding a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and is currently completing a Masters degree in flute performance at the UMASS-Amherst. Mikayla has performed in Colorado, Illinois, Ohio, and has future performances arranged in New York City, and Quito, Ecuador. While she emphasizes her ability in contemporary music and low flutes, Mikayla finds enjoyment in performing all areas of music. During her time at BGSU, she held the position of principal flute of the BGSU Wind Symphony, the top wind ensemble at the university. At UMass-Amherst, Mikayla holds a top chair within the university’s top ensemble, the Wind Ensemble. Mikayla will perform with Valley Winds in November on piccolo and 2nd flute.
When not performing, Mikayla finds enjoyment in teaching flute students of all ages. She especially strives to help musicians find their own voice within their playing while also finding mastery in technique and developing a strong base in all genres of music. Her students have placed in the top portions of their sections in their school bands, have made high chairs in honor bands, and have been highly successful at Solo and Ensemble events. If unable to be with her flutes, Mikayla likes to read and crochet, bake with some Miles Davis in the background, and enjoy the little things in life. She would like to thank Dr. Terri Sánchez (BGSU) and Dr. Cobus du Toit (UMass) for their endless wisdom and efforts to improve her musicianship as well as develop into the person she is today.