Celebrating her 34th year with the Women's Ensemble, Dr. Linda Raney has been the music director and guiding spirit of the group since 1988. The choral arts are a passion for Linda, and she is especially committed to raising awareness about the gifts of women singers, instrumentalists and composers, and their contributions to our community.
Indiana University provided her an excellent music education, and she holds doctorate, master's and bachelor's degrees from that famous institution. She continues her musical studies in workshops, study groups and private music lessons.
In 2010, Linda received a Santa Fe Mayor's Recognition Award for Excellence in the Arts, an honor that celebrates her commitment to beautiful music. In June 2012, she accepted the Adventurous Programming Award from Chorus America on behalf of the Women's Ensemble.
Linda is also the director of music/organist at First Presbyterian Church, where she has worked since 1986. Leading an ambitious church music program, she directs an adult choir, various vocal ensembles and the handbell choir, as well as manages the TGIF concert series. Offering fine concerts every Friday at 5:30 for the past 13 years, TGIF is becoming a unique Santa Fe experience.
In Santa Fe, Linda taught at the Santa Fe Community College for almost 10 years and served as choral director for the Santa Fe Symphony Chorus for more than 20 years.
In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and enjoying the beautiful scenery of New Mexico.