Meet Laura Hays, Our Music Director
The Santa Fe Center for Spiritual Living is delighted to welcome pianist and singer/songwriter Laura Hays as our new musical director. Discovering SFCSL in the mid-1990’s and singing in the choir and as a song leader for many years, she returns to the Center after a hiatus of nine years with excitement and humility. Her mission is to bring fun, beautiful, and inspirational music to the Center, and to work with the song leaders, spiritual director, practitioners, board of directors, and members to create a special brand of joyful expression that complements and deepens the Sunday spiritual experience.
We look forward to a continued relationship and to great music at the Center.
CONTACT: Laura Hays at email for information about the music program.
Our Song Leaders
Barbara Doern Drew
According to her mother, Barbara Doern Drew has been singing almost since she has been talking! She has sung in a variety of small and large choral groups over her lifetime, and she has been a member of the Santa Fe Women’s Ensemble since 1982. She has also been a song leader at Santa Fe CSL during the past two decades. Other passions include her tarot practice, writing and editing spiritual material, and traveling the world speaking, writing and teaching about “Creative Aging: Embracing Life with Passion, Purpose and Possibility” with her husband, Walter.
Richard has been active as a song leader at Santa Fe CSL for most of the last eight years. Richard’s first formal voice training was in 1980 in the East Indian Carnatic tradition. In more recent years he has been getting professional coaching in the western tradition. He has participated in more than one choir along the way and has sung in some 17 different languages. He currently performs as a baritone in the Santa Fe Men’s Camerata. As a licensed Religious Science Practitioner he enjoys practicing the principle that heart and mind work hand in hand through musical expression.
Carol Parker is a classically trained musician who has enjoyed participating in choirs, community musical comedy productions, and jazz showcases in both her native Chicago suburbs and Santa Fe. She served as choir director for Santa Fe CSL from 2000-2005. Carol has been a soloist at a variety of faith institutions, including Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe. For the last 15 years she has particularly enjoyed New Thought music.
Peggy says she can’t remember a time when she wasn’t singing and being coached by an older sister. She sang her first solo in at three and started her formal vocal training at age fifteen at the Havren School of Music at Denver University. She continued her study of music in college as a music education major with a double minor in voice and piano. Over the years she sang in several choirs and did solo work for various types of events. The highlight of her career was passing the audition and being accepted into the Mile Hi Choir, where she served for seven years. Five years ago, Peggy was in a serious car accident that left permanent damage to her vocal folds. She says, “I feel blessed that Spirit has helped me heal so that I can sing again because I receive so much joy being a Song Leader at SFCSL”.