Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico was
formed by Maxine Thévenot in 2006 for a concert in The
Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Since
then, the choir has performed to critical acclaim
throughout the state of New Mexico.
Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico is comprised of
experienced professional singers who reside in New
Mexico and who have been educated across North America.
The ensemble is unique to the State of New Mexico in
that it is the first resident professional vocal
ensemble. The group has a flexible roster, which enables
all genres and voicing of repertoire to be performed.
Each roster includes high school choral scholars who are
hoping to make their careers in music. The repertoire
includes music ranging from that of the medieval period
to modern day compositions both accompanied and
Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico have given several
sell-out performances of their concerts including
Granados' Canto de las Estrellas, Handel's Messiah,
and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony; have raised
monies ($10,000) for local charities like The Barrett
Foundation—a women and children's shelter—and, have
supported musical education within the community and
state from the elementary education level to the
Performance highlights include concerts with
Performance Santa Fe (previously known as Santa Fe
Concert Association), members of the New Mexico
Philharmonic (previously the NMSO), appearances on the
Southwest Symphony concert series, Music in Corrales
series, Placitas Concert Series, The Friends of
Cathedral Music series and memorable performances in
such world renowned acoustical spaces such as San Miguel
Chapel, The Loretto Chapel, and St. Francis Auditorium
in Santa Fe, New Mexico. They have also collaborated
with internationally renowned guest soloists.
They have presented numerous première performances
including the first performance of Enrique Granados' Canto
de las Estrellas (Spanish, 2017) with pianist
Douglas Riva; the first complete performance of St.
John Passion (2013) in German with the New Mexico
Philharmonic; the New Mexican premières of James
MacMillan's Miserere (2016) and his Seven
Last Words from the Cross (2015); of Henry
Mollicone's Beatitude Mass: Mass for the Homeless
(2011); commissioned and given the world première
performance of Andrew Ager's Winter–an evocation
(2009) among many other compositions. Their debut
recording Winter—an evocation (2010) includes
four première recordings.
Recent reviews about Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico
have stated, 'The ensemble boasts a unified blend of
voices top to bottom with impeccable intonation. But
what most impressed was the enthusiasm and vivacity with
which the group sang. There is a great sense of
camaraderie and surely no shrinking violet voices here.'
(The Albuquerque Journal) and 'refreshing, enchantingly
energetic and vibrant' (The Santa Fe New Mexican)