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Our Music Ministry

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-1990s 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, the 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

Music is a powerful part of our Sunday morning experience – not just listening, but singing joyfully together as a spiritual practice. Our volunteer Song Leaders bring their training, dedication, and heartfelt enthusiasm to leading us in shared song.

Richard Knouse

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.

Peggy Sherburne

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 Lamont 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”.



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