Board of Directors
Honorary Patrons

Artistic Director
Dr. Maxine Thévenot

Vocal Rosters
December 17, 2016
December 31, 2016
March 24, 2017


About Us


Vocal Roster – December 31, 2016
Beethoven's Ninth Symphony

Edin Archuleta, soprano  
Edin Archuleta, soprano, was born and raised in Albuquerque. She is currently a student at the University of New Mexico pursuing a B.A. in music with an emphasis in vocal performance. Edin sings with the UNM Concert Choir in addition to serving as a section leader at the Cathedral of St. John and has performed solo works for various performances. Edin has performed in UNM's Opera Theater and looks forward to continuing to pursue her music career
Lauren Breden, soprano  
Lauren Breden, soprano, received her B.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of New Mexico. She is currently a Choral Scholar and the Chorister Teaching Assistant at the Cathedral of St. John under the direction of Dr. Maxine Thévenot. In the summer of 2014, she had the opportunity to do residencies at both Winchester Cathedral and Westminster Abbey with the Cathedral Choir. She has a strong interest in early and contemporary music and hopes to continue to pursue both in the future. This will be her fourth season with Polyphony.
Brianne Connor, soprano  
Brianne Conner holds a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Baylor University, a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from East Texas Baptist University, and most recently has completed a Master of Public Administration in Health Policy from UNM. Brianne is a founding member of Polyphony. In addition to Polyphony, Brianne sings with the choir at The Cathedral of St John. Her choral experiences have taken her to England, Italy, South Korea, and China, as well as throughout the United States to participate in festivals, services and performances. In her day job, Brianne is a director at Dungarvin New Mexico, a direct services agency for people with developmental disabilities.
Melody Hett, soprano  
Melody Hett, a Santa Fe native, is currently working toward her BFA in Musical Theatre performance at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Previously, she studied vocal performance at the University of New Mexico. Some of her favorite theatrical experiences include Dogfight, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, In the Heights, The Elephant Man, and Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida. Her most notable solo work has been at the Vatican in Rome, and with the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, both in collaboration with the Santa Fe High School Choir under the direction of Marilyn Barnes. This is her second performance with Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico, and she is forever grateful for being given the opportunity to sing with this wonderful company.
Jennifer Perez, soprano  
Jennifer Perez, soprano, holds a Bachelor of Music from The University of New Mexico and is currently working toward her Master of Music (Vocal performance concentration) under the instruction of Dr. Michael Hix. She has performed lead roles with several Santa Fe Opera Community Outreach programs, including children’s operas directed by John Bradley and workshops/presentations directed by SFO Lecturer, Oliver Prezant. Her operatic roles include Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel, Luigia in Donizetti’s Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali (Viva la mamma!), Letitia in Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief, and the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Additional scenes she has performed in include Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann as Giulietta and Mozart’s Così fan tutte as Fiordiligi. Her choral experience includes participation as a soprano soloist in the 2010 ACDA Denver conference, Mozart’s Requiem for the Festival Internazionale della Cultura Bergamo in Italy, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, Poulenc’s Gloria, Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, Fauré's Requiem, Bach’s Oster-Oratorium, and Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Christ. Outside of the university, Ms. Perez enjoys participating in the musical community of Albuquerque as soprano section leader at St. Paul Lutheran Church and as a member of the Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico and Chatter ensembles. She is also an active member of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and New Mexico Bach Society.
Kathlene Ritch, soprano  
Known for her “powerful, crystal-clear voice,” Kathlene Ritch has sung with such noted ensembles as the New York Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, and the Vienna Philharmonic. She made her solo debut at Lincoln Center with the American Symphony Orchestra in Listz’s Dante’s Inferno. With that same ensemble, she recorded a live concert version of Die ägyptische Helena as Hermione opposite Deborah Voigt’s Helen. Kathlene’s true passion, musical theater, has been a lifelong pursuit. Two of her career highlights were performing Sweeney Todd at Lincoln Center with George Hearn, Patti Lupone and Neil Patrick Harris, and Carousel at Carnegie Hall with Audra McDonald and Hugh Jackman. Kathlene lives in Santa Fe and is a professor of voice at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, as well as an on-air announcer for Classical 95.5 KHFM Santa Fe/Albuquerque. She also enjoys singing with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and the Grammy-winning ensemble, Conspirare.
Renee Motteler, alto  
Renée Motteler is a Grammy® Award winning member of the Los Angeles Chamber Singers & Cappella, who received the award for Best Small Ensemble in 2006 for the album Padilla: Sun of Justice. She moved to Albuquerque from Southern California and serves as the alto section leader at The Cathedral Church of St. John. Renée received her Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies with a concentration in vocal performance from California State University, Long Beach, in 2006. Renée has performed all over the world with jazz choirs and as a soloist at the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Ozone Jazz Festival, Neuchatel Jazz Festival, IAJE, Cuesta College Jazz Festival, and the Berkeley Jazz Festival, among others. In California, she was the cantor, alto section leader, and assistant conductor at St. Cyprian Catholic Church in Long Beach for 15 years. Renée has taught elementary through college age students subjects including vocal jazz, beginning music, choir, band, orchestra, and private voice lessons. Renée has appeared in television commercials, on the radio, and has worked in the studio recording demo tapes for composers of classical, show tunes, jazz, and rock music, as well as recording jingles used commercially. Renée is a returning member of Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico.
Laura Pancost, soprano  
A lyric soprano, Laura Pancoast has been praised for having a beautiful instrument with strong, vibrant sound with firm musical and performance energy. A graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., Laura holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance and is currently pursuing her M.M. in Voice at the University of New Mexico. Laura is a former student of Dr. Holly Janz and is currently studying with Leslie Umphrey. A three-year member of and soloist in the prestigious The Concordia Choir, she has also been a soloist in Concordia College’s Oratorio performances of Carmina Burana and The St. Matthew Passion. Laura has performed with the Fargo-Moorhead Opera throughout her undergraduate career, most recently covering the role of Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. Laura has also been active with Concordia College’s opera scenes program, performing a variety of roles including Nancy (Albert Herring, Britten), Zerlina (Don Giovanni, Mozart), and Mercury (Dido and Aeneas, Purcell). Last year, she performed the roles of Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte, Mozart) and Meg (Falstaff, Verdi) at UNM and performed the role of Second Lady in UNM’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.This past summer, Ms. Pancoast traveled to Italy to sing the role of Despina in the International Lyric Academy’s production of Cosi fan Tutte.
Maxine Thévenot, mezzo soprano  
Maxine Thévenot is honored to serve as chorusmaster for this wonderful project and is even more excited about the opportunity to sing with these fabulous musicians for this project. I enjoy making music with excellent musicians, with dedicated volunteers and sparking the musical flame in young singers in our community.
Meredith Wilder, alto  
Meredith Wilder graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. While attending UNM, she sang with the women's choir Las Cantantes and the Concert Choir in the first four years of her undergrad. Currently she sings with St. John's Cathedral Choir and is a returning member of Polyphony. Outside of the choral world, Meredith is a member of the band Wildewood and is passionate about the local band scene in Albuquerque. She feels blessed to work with so many talented musicians.
Kate Winchester, soprano  
Kate Winchester graduated from Westminster Choir College with an M.M. in Vocal Performance and Pedgagogy where she studied with Metropolitan Opera alumna Sharon Sweet. While at Westminster, she was the soprano soloist for Symphonic Choir in the annually broadcast Readings and Carols concert and sang Echo in a scene from Ariadne auf Naxos, performed with orchestra. She has been a soprano soloist for several choirs in the area, most recently with the Sangre de Cristo chorale in Los Alamos. She is a Choral Scholar with the Cathedral Choir of St. John. This is her fourth season with Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico. She teaches voice privately.
Cory Klose, tenor  
Cory Klose is gaining recognition as a sought-after performer of both choral and solo repertoire. Cory appears on the rosters of many professional ensembles in the United States including Boston’s GRAMMY® Award-winning Handel and Haydn Society, GRAMMY® Award-nominated True Concord Voices and Orchestra, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Bach Collegium San Diego, Skylark Vocal Ensemble, Kinnara Ensemble, The Crossing, Spire Chamber Ensemble, Apollo Master Chorale, and The Thirteen. He has also collaborated with Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble on the GRAMMY® Award-winning album, “Songs of Ascension.” Recent solo performance highlights include J.S. Bach’s Magnificat with Music in the Mountains in Colorado, Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147 with St. John’s Bach Project in Albuquerque, Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir, BWV 29 at Music at Bradley Hills in Washington, D.C.
Eric Parker, tenor  
Eric Parker is a native of Albuquerque. He studied voice with Bradley Ellingboe at the University of New Mexico as an undergraduate before moving to the east coast where he completed his PhD in physical chemistry at Cornell University in August 1996. He returned to Albuquerque after graduate school and has been employed at Sandia National Laboratories since 1997. In addition to singing with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra Chorus for 10 years and its successor the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus, Eric is a member of the Choir at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, where he is both a section leader and soloist. He has also appeared with local choral groups including Cantat, Quintessence, and Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico. In keeping with his recent activities, Eric has performed with choral groups of varying sizes all over the United States and in Europe at venues such as Canterbury Cathedral in England, the Muisikverein in Vienna, and at Carnegie Hall in NYC. In the process he has performed under the baton of many talented conductors including Maxine Thévenot, Roger Melone, John Rutter, Sir David Willcocks (Music Director Emeritus of King’s College Choir Cambridge) and Rossen Milanov (then Associate Conductor and Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra). Eric has appeared as a soloist with the NMSO and the NMSC as tenor soloist multiple times, singing works ranging from Mozart’s Requiem to Broadway favorites by Lerner and Lowe.
Todd Parker  
Todd Parker studied voice with Kay Fowler at the University of New Mexico. He has performed as soloist and in ensemble with the Genesee Baroque Players, Ensemble Sine Nomine, and with members of Tafelmusik, and has served as tenor soloist for a program of Mozart’s sacred music at the Mostly Mozart Festival in Alice Tully Hall. He sings currently with the St. John’s Cathedral Choir, with Cantat, and with Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico.
Nicholas Prior, tenor  
Nicholas Prior is an Albuquerque local, graduating from the University of New Mexico in 2011 and was awarded the Outstanding Music Education Graduate for his class. He is now the Choral Director at Eisenhower Middle School in Albuquerque, NM. In the last two years, the choir program at Eisenhower has gone from 60 students to over 200 students in six full year ensembles. In 2012, Eisenhower received state championship titles in both Concert Choir and Show Choir, the only middle school to ever do so in New Mexico. In 2013, Nicholas accepted a position with the Albuquerque Boys Choir, conducting the men's group, Cantamos. Nicholas has taught and sung professionally with many choirs, and has also been featured as a soloist all around New Mexico. Most recently, Nicholas sang in the satirical opera, Too Much Coffee Man, as Espresso Guy at the Cathedral of St. John. Nicholas serves as the Choral VP for NMMEA Dist. VII, on the board for NMACDA, and as the middle school representative of NMAA.
Edmund Connolly, baritone  
British baritone Edmund Connolly  was brought up in Oxfordshire, England and studied at Cambridge University and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. He currently holds the posts of Assistant Organist-Choir Director at the Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, and Upper School Chorus Director at the Albuquerque Academy. He also maintains a private voice studio, and is in demand as a repertoire coach and adjudicator. Much in demand as a soloist, Edmund has, over the past decade, appeared with numerous orchestras and opera companies in the UK and Europe. In the US he has performed as a soloist with the New Mexico Philharmonic and with Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico. He is also one half of the duo Air & Hammers, with pianist and organist Maxine Thévenot, and they have appeared in recital across the US and in the UK.
Lars Fabricius-Olsen, baritone  
Lars Fabricius-Olsen is a student at UNM who enjoys choir singing, and banjo playing.
Ross Holmen, bass  
Ross Holmen, a native of Albuquerque, began his musical career playing French horn in the recording studios of Los Angeles. Upon graduating from the University of Southern California he took the Principal position with the Veracruz Symphony in Mexico, after which he joined the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, a position he held for 17 years. He retired from the Symphony in 1999, and continues to play on occasion. Mr. Holmen’s musical talents are now used singing with the Cathedral of St John Choir and Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico.
Stephen Lewis, baritone  
West Texas native, baritone Stephen Lewis earned a Bachelor's degree in Music & Theology at Dallas Christian College and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting at Texas Tech University. In addition to an extensive choral background, Stephen has also appeared in a number of music theater roles, most recently portraying Professor Harold Hill in The Music Man with Lubbock Moonlight Musicals. After four years in Lubbock, Stephen moved to the renaissance hill town of Asolo in northern Italy to pursue a Master of Business Administration. While abroad, he was pleased to perform in the Asolo Song Festival as a soloist and director of the festival choir. Upon completing his MBA, Stephen found his way to the gorgeous high desert climate of New Mexico. Currently residing in Albuquerque, Stephen is an associate at Premier Wealth Management Group. In addition to his duties there, he performs with the St. John’s Cathedral Choir, the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus, the New Mexico Bach Chorale, Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico, and Canticum Novum. When he’s not singing or working, you can find Stephen up in the mountains skiing and has just picked up snowboarding.
Xavier Robinson, baritone  
Born and raised in New Mexico, Xavier Robinson has been in the Choir of the Cathedral of St. John for one year, after being a Cathedral Chorister for seven years. He appeared in the Santa Fe Opera’s 2012 production of Tosca (Chorus) and their 2013 production of Noye’s Fludde (Ham). He is currently enrolled at St. Pius X High School, and enjoys singing with their choir.
Andrew Schmidt, bass  
Andrew Schmidt is the Music Director of the Sangre de Cristo Chorale in Santa Fe, N.M. He also holds the position of Lead Voice Faculty and Officer of Assessment at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Andrew sings with the Santa Fe resident quartet, Professional Quartet Voces Omnium, and is the bass section leader at Holy Faith Episcopal Church in Santa Fe. Andrew Schmidt holds an M.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington under the tutelage of Dr. Geoffrey Boers and Dr. Giselle Wyers. He also holds a B.M.E. from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.