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Artistic Director
Dr. Maxine Thévenot

 
 
'She elicits huge and brilliant sounds with a minimum of conducting movement — the mark of one who has the utmost confidence in her singers.'
Albuquerque Journal
 
 

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Dr. Maxine Thévenot

Founding & Artistic Director


  Dr. Maxine Thevenot, Founding & Artisitic Director of POLYPHONY: Voices of New Mexico
   
An accomplished, respected, and dynamic choral conductor much in demand, Maxine Thévenot has directed ensembles across North America. She also maintains an active career as an international organist, a visiting lecturer at universities, a recording artist, and is a published writer and photographer.

Presently, Dr. Thévenot serves as the Founding Director of the professional vocal ensemble, POLYPHONY: Voices of New Mexico; as the Director of the University of New Mexico women’s vocal ensemble, Las Cantantes, since 2007; and as the Director of Cathedral Music & Organist at the Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, NM.

POLYPHONY: Voices of New Mexico is comprised of talented professional singers and high school apprentices who reside in New Mexico. The ensemble has a flexible roster, which enables all genres and voicing of repertoire to be performed. The repertoire includes mostly a cappella music ranging from that of Hildegard von Bingen to modern day compositions, however in recent seasons they have been a popular choice for orchestral chamber work collaboration with several ensembles including the New Mexico Philharmonic and Performance Santa Fe.

Las Cantantes (The University of New Mexico's Women's Ensemble) is a highly select group of 25-30 women who come from all areas of the Albuquerque campus. They perform the masterpieces of the treble voice repertoire and sing acapella, or with harp, organ, percussion, piano, brass and at times with wind instruments. Highlights include touring in 2009, 2012, 2014 to NYC; working with music legends like Dave Brubeck, Alice Parker, Morten Lauridsen, and Andrew Carter; in recent years making 3 recordings with the RavenCD label which have all received favorable reviews in The American Organist, The Diapason, and The American Record Guide; broadcast on National Public Radio (NPR) stations across the country. In addition to her work with the UNM Choral department she serves as Chapel Organist at the UNM Alumni Chapel.

Dr. Thévenot serves as Canon Precentor and Director of Cathedral Music and as such, oversees a large program encompassing over 80 singers divided into 5 different ensembles. The Cathedral Chorale, Cathedral Choir, Cathedral Chamber Choir, Cathedral Choristers and Cathedral Cherubs. These ensembles sing at weekly and monthly services at the Cathedral, perform newly commissioned works, perform annual concerts with organ, and concerts with members of the New Mexico Philharmonic. In addition she is the Artistic Director of the Friends of Cathedral Music Series now in its 23rd anniversary season.

Maxine Thévenot was the Founding Director of the women’s ensemble, Concentus while serving on the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City in 2005. Dr. Thévenot also served as the Associate Conductor for the Manhattan School of Music Chorus comprised of 120 freshmen and sophomore students from 2002-2004. From 2003-2005, Ms. Thévenot served as the Associate Choirmaster at The Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, New York, where she was the Director of the Cathedral Girls Choir and the Schola Cantorum. Other past choral experiences have included working as Senior Accompanist and Assistant Conductor, Calgary Girls Choir; Calgary Philharmonic Chorus, rehearsal pianist and Assistant Conductor; Assistant Conductor, Cathedral Church of the Redeemer Cathedral Choir, Calgary, AB; rehearsal pianist and Assistant Conductor, University of Saskatchewan, University Chorus, Saskatoon, SK.

Ms. Thévenot has received the Bachelor of Music in Music Education with distinction from the University of Saskatchewan, and the degrees, Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in organ performance from the Manhattan School of Music, New York, where she was twice awarded the Bronson Ragan Award for ‘most outstanding organist’. She also holds the Associate diplomas from the Royal Canadian College of Organists and the Royal Conservatory of Music. In December 2006, Dr. Thévenot was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the National College of Music, London, UK for her services to music. For more information please visit www.maxinethevenot.com for a listing of her organ recital schedule.