Dr. Linda RaneyOrganist/Music Director
Dr. Linda Raney plays the C. B. Fisk organ (Opus 133) at First Presbyterian and directs the Chancel Choir, the Spirit’s Edge Singers, and the Chancel Bell Choir. She came from Indiana to Santa Fe and began her work as Director of Music and Organist at First Presbyterian in 1986. Linda founded the TGIF Concert series in October 2008, and First Presbyterian has been hosting a Friday evening concert every week since then.
Indiana University is where she received her excellent musical education, including doctorate, master’s and bachelor’s degrees. Since graduation she has also studied with Guy Boyer, Larry Palmer, Jane Clark, David Higgs, Olivier Latry, Daniel Roth, Helmuth Rilling, Rene Clausen, Rodney Eichenberger, Alan Wickes, Andre Thomas, Anton Armstrong, Noble Weston, Bob Chilcott, and countless other inspiring teachers in master classes.
Linda was a recipient in 2010 of the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, presented by then-Mayor David Coss and the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission.
(Video from the City of Santa Fe YouTube Channel)
Linda is married to Raymond, an Episcopal priest who is Canon of the Ordinary for the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande (New Mexico and Southwest Texas). Raymond is the former Rector of the Church of the Holy Cross in Edgewood, NM.
In addition to her duties at First Presbyterian, Linda serves as Music Director of the Santa Fe Women’s Ensemble since 1988. Jogging, hiking, yoga, and buying fresh food at the new Santa Fe Farmer’s Market are her leisure pleasures.