Kayla Cordell is an assistant professor of music and the director of music programs at Cornerstone University. She has been the director of the Symphonic Winds since 2018.
In 2006, Kayla graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from Cornerstone. Her first directorship was in White Cloud, Mich., where she taught 6th to 12th grade band and choir. In 2009, she received the Newaygo County Outstanding High School Educator award sponsored by the Fremont Community Foundation. Kayla was also presented with the 2009 Outstanding Potential Award from the American School Band Directors Association (ASBDA) for early career accomplishments. During her four years at White Cloud, she wrote grants amounting to over $30,000 to benefit the White Cloud Band Program.
In 2010, Kayla became the director of the Sparta High School Band in Sparta, Mich. During her time in Sparta, her bands received Division I ratings at both District and State MSBOA festivals. The teaching position included directing the 100 member marching band, concert band, wind ensemble, jazz band, middle school bands and various choirs. Her bands performed in Chicago, Ill., and Orlando, Fla. Kayla also accompanied several of her band students touring Europe as a staff member for the Michigan Ambassadors of Music program. In 2012, Kayla graduated from the American Band College of Sam Houston State University with a Master of Music degree, completing an emphasis in wind conducting.
Kayla has held various leadership positions in the Michigan School Band and Orchestra system. She has hosted All-State auditions, hosted and organized the District 7 MS Honors Band, organized the District 7 Brian Balmages commission project and has spent time on the MSBOA Festival Improvement Committee. In 2019, she organized Cornerstone's first HS honors band and gave instrumental clinics in various private and public high schools.
- M.M., Sam Houston State University
- B.Mus., Cornerstone University
—Spending time with her husband and two children