Our People

Laurel Summerhays
Laurel Summerhays
President & CEO
Laurel@summerhaysmusic.com
Laurel joined Summerhays Music Center leaving the banking industry where she worked in the Professional Management and Bankcard ares. She earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Utah. She loves to visit her daughter who lives in Maui and enjoys golfing and snorkeling.
Cris Behrens
Cris Behrens
Sales Manager
cbehrens@summerhaysmusic.com
Cris has worked for Summerhays Music Center since 1992. He earned a degree ihn band instrument repair from Red Wing Tech College, and spent the first 5 years with Summerhays repairing instruments. He now is our Sales Manager. Cris has attended UVSC for business and accounting classes, and enjoys watcyhing and playing basketball, snorkeling, boogie boarding, and surfing in his spare time.
Katelyn Summerhays

Andrew Gnemi

Layton Store Manager

agnemi@summerhaysmusic.com

Andrew started out as a delivery driver for Summerhays Music in 2010. After showing a knack for sales and a willingness to learn anything thrown his way, he ultimately worked his way up to manager of our Layton location. Andrew has a wide variety of product knowledge and experience, having worked in virtually every department here at Summerhays. He is an avid photographer, backpacker, and fan of electro-swing. When he is not at work you can likely find him exploring the mountains and deserts of Utah.

Patrick Buie
Patrick Buie
Director of Educational Services

Patrick Joined the Summerhays Music team in 2013. As trombonist and guitarist, Patrick is an active member of the Latin, commercial, and independent music communities. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music education and jazz performance from the University of Utah.

Estefan Cortez

Christian Rapp

String Technician & Renovator

Christian was born in Germany and began playing the violin at the age of 5,  continuing lessons until he was 15, then switching to classical guitar.  Years of High School Orchestra, Jazz Group, Blues Band and several performances gave him inspiration for what the musical world has to offer.

After a specialization in English and Music in High School, he attended Wood Carpentry School which showed him that his real interest was to be found in the making of wooden string instruments. He studied an apprenticeship in the making and restoring of Classical Guitars and musical instruments in general, in Xalapa, Ver., Mexico. After getting married, he earned a BA degree in Restoration at the National School for Conservation, Restoration and Museum Studies, living, teaching and working in Mexico City for many years, with his own Luthier shop. He was then invited to work for Summerhays Music Center which opening a new chapter for him and his family, becoming finally residents in 2007 and finding a new home in Utah.

Christian lives in Murray with his wife and son. He enjoys bike riding, music, good food and playing classical guitar.

Shylee Jackson.

Pro-Strings Specialist

sjackson@summerhaysmusic.com

Shylee joined Summerhays Music in July of 2020. She has been playing the violin since the 6th grade and has loved it ever since. Shylee graduated from Taylorsville High School where she played in many different high-level performing orchestras for the school district. After graduating, she went straight to work at a local law firm in hopes to later become an attorney. She soon realized that litigation wasn’t for her and instead found her passion at Summerhays Music! She loves helping string musicians advance in their musical career by getting them the instruments they need at various playing levels. There’s just something magical in finding the perfect instrument for someone who has a passion and adoration for the art of music. 

In her free time you can find her attending a concert, at Disneyland, or spending time with her pets at home!