Kerri Lay hails from Austin, Texas, and has called New Mexico her home since 1986. She began performing with The Santa Fe Symphony in 2001, and became a full-time member in the fall of 2012. She is a long-standing member of The Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, the former New Mexico Symphony Orchestra (now the New Mexico Philharmonic), and Santa Fe Pro Musica’s Chamber Orchestra. Also in her roster of orchestras, Ms. Lay performs with Performance Santa Fe, the Figueroa Music and Arts Project, New Mexico Symphonic Chorus, Opera Southwest, the New Mexico Performing Arts Society, and Canticum Novum Chamber Orchestra.
Through her love of chamber music, she has been a featured soloist and chamber musician with a variety of ensembles throughout the state, including Serenata of Santa Fe, the Placitas Artists Series, Santa Fe New Music, the Taos Chamber Music Group, and the highly acclaimed concert series Chatter of Albuquerque. She also serves as the principal violinist for the St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral Basilica in Santa Fe.
Ms. Lay received her musical training at the University of Texas at Austin and Indiana University where she studied with the renowned violinists Stephen Clapp, Leonard Posner, and James Buswell, stemming from the musical lineage of Ysaÿe, Persinger, and Galamian.
In addition to her orchestral and chamber music life, she is an instructor teaching Violin Performance at New Mexico School for the Arts, and has a private studio for violin and viola instruction. She has taught at New Mexico Highlands University, the Armand Hammer United World College of the American West and the Santa Fe Waldorf School. Ms. Lay also works with Santa Fe area young musicians within the youth chamber music program “CHAMPS!” through Santa Fe Pro Musica, as well as Performance Santa Fe’s orchestral mentoring program.
She performs on an 1848 Charles Adolphe Maucotel violin of Paris.