POLYPHONY: Voices of New Mexico

Board of Directors

Artistic Director
Dr. Maxine Thévenot

Vocal Rosters
August 27, 2017
January 5, 2018
January 27, 2018
March 9, 2018


About Us


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 unaccompanied.

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 university level.

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)