Laurie J. Hays – Bio

Laurie_Hays_Pic_April2013Laurie J. Hays, soprano, has performed with the Carmel Bach Festival, Monterey County Symphony, San Diego Symphony and Master Chorale and the Oahu Choral Society (Honolulu).  An accomplished singer and pianist, Ms. Hays holds a degree in Music Education from Wittenberg University with studies at Christ’s and Notre Dame Colleges in Liverpool, England and recently in Sarteano, Italy. Her most recent operatic roles include Aida (High Priestess), La Traviata (Annina), Amahl and the Night Visitors (Mother), Pirates of Penzance (Edith) and Die Fledermaus (Ida/Sally).  Local audiences have seen her in numerous musical theater productions including A Little Night Music (Mrs. Nordstrom), Pippin (Fastrada), Carousel (Nettie), The Music Man (Mrs. Paroo), Camelot (Nimue), The Secret Garden (Rose), Fiddler on the Roof (Tzeitl),  Sweeney Todd (Quintet), and most recently, as Fruma Sarah in this season’s Fiddler on the Roof.  Ms. Hays’ recent performances in oratorio include the soprano soloist in Karl Jenkins’ Requiem, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Mozart Requiem, Bach’s Magnificat and St. Matthew and St. John Passions, Schubert’s Mass in G, the Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Handel’s Messiah, and the Faure Requiem. Ms. Hays conducts Live Arts Maryland’s women’s ensemble, Cantori, is a soloist at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Annapolis and teaches privately.  Ms. Hays’ students have been selected for regional and All-State choruses and have performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.