Laurie first conducted The Santa Fe Symphony in 2014 as part of the Annual Gala Conducting Opportunity. Since then, she has been a guest conductor for the Christmas Pops concert every year. She has also conducted the Santa Fe Concert Band at the annual Pancakes on the Plaza event on July 4th.
After her first Symphony conducting appearance, “I was so hooked on that experience that instead of returning my rental tux, I took it in and asked if I could pay for it and if they could alter it permanently,” Laurie says.
Laurie’s coaches have been Gregory W. Heltman, Founder of The Santa Fe Symphony; William Waag, Associate Artistic Director and Conductor of the Santa Fe Youth Symphony; and Dana Winograd, Principal Cello of The Santa Fe Symphony.

As a member of The Symphony’s Board of Directors, Laurie serves as Vice Chair of the Events Subcommittee and is a member of the Community and Education Committee and the Development Committee. She is Program Director for the Symphony’s highly successful Adopt-A-Musician Program, which has reached its goal of having every musician adopted by the time our 2023–2024 season opened. Laurie is also a regular volunteer at Symphony events as well as at the administrative office.
In her spare time, Laurie loves to travel, knit, and ride in hot-air balloons.