Kay Owens is in her thirty-fifth year of teaching choral music. Prior to joining the Arlington Independent School District in 1993, she taught in Natchez and Tupelo, Mississippi. She received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Mississippi State University in 1983, and a Masters of Music in choral conducting from Mississippi College in 2000. She studied with Dr Richard Joiner and Dr James Meaders.
Ms Owens is in her twentieth year at Martin High School. While the assistant director, Chamber Singers performed at the 1999 Fringe Festival in Aberdeen Scotland, TMEA and ACDA in 2005. Owens was named the Head Choral Director 2006. Chorale debuted at Carnegie Hall in 2006. The Varsity Women's Choir performed at the TMEA convention in 2008. The Martin performing arts department was named the 2009 Grammy Foundation National winner. In 2012, the Martin Chorale was invited to perform at Lincoln Center in New York City. The Martin Chamber Singers were one of nine high school choirs to perform at the 2013 National ACDA Convention in Dallas, Texas. In 2016, the Martin Chamber Singers performed at the TMEA convention and Chorale performed along with the Martin Wind Symphony and Martin Symphony at Carnegie Hall.
Ms Owens is a member of TMEA, ACDA, TCDA, and TMAA. She was voted by her peers as Teacher of the Year in 1996 and 2016 and was the recipient of the 2000 Abbot-Ipco Scholarship. In 2009, Owens was named the Distinguished Alumna of the College of Music for Mississippi College.