Play­ing or­gan for more than half a century

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Jeff Carter

The iconic Cen­ter Street Chapel in Springville is well known for its re­lief pan­els of LDS church his­tory, the ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ments of the ceil­ing and walls, the cathe­dral style stained-glass win­dows and the pipe or­gan.

On Sun­day, Jan. 1, the Third Ward LDS con­gre­ga­tion hon­ored the ser­vice of one mu­si­cian who has played that or­gan for more than 50 years. Loris Hayes lives just a few houses away from the church - within walk­ing dis­tance. Al­though it is of­fi­cially named the Springville Fourth Ward build­ing, there hasn’t been a Fourth Ward meet­ing in there for years. Hayes be­gan play­ing the or­gan oc­ca­sion­ally in the early 1960s and was prob­a­bly des­ig­nated the main or­gan­ist for the 10th Ward in about 1966, con­tin­u­ing un­til re­cently in the Third Ward.

Hayes has also been very ac­tive in church and civic mu­si­cal pro­duc­tions, play­ing and singing with the Springville women’s singing group The Musettes, and ac­com­pa­ny­ing many choirs and soloists on the piano and or­gan. She lives in the same house and in the same neigh­bor­hood where she raised her fam­ily with her hus­band Dar­win. Along with an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of mu­sic and the arts, the Hayes also ap­pre­ci­ate things with a heritage or his­tor­i­cal mean­ing. One of the items you’ll find fea­tured promi­nently in their home is an an­tique pedal pump or­gan.

Al­though Loris will re­tire from her as­sign­ment as or­gan­ist, un­doubt­edly she will be called on to play for fam­ily, friends and neigh­bors in the fu­ture, a vo­ca­tion that she seems quite happy with. Ev­ery­thing that is re­ally great and in­spir­ing is cre­ated by the in­di­vid­ual who can la­bor in free­dom. - Al­bert Ein­stein May the light of free­dom, com­ing to all dark­ened lands, flame brightly--un­til at last the dark­ness is no more. - Dwight D. Eisen­hower

Loris Hayes

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