POLYPHONY: Voices of New Mexico

Board of Directors
Honorary Patrons

Artistic Director
Dr. Maxine Thévenot

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


About Us


Vocal Roster – August 27, 2017
Cherubini's Requiem Mass in C minor

Edin Archuleta, soprano  
Edin Archuleta, soprano, was born and raised in Albuquerque. She is a recent graduate from the University of New Mexico with a B.A. in vocal performance, during which time she sang with the UNM Concert Choir and UNM opera theater. She serves as a Soprano section leader and Chorister assistant at the Cathedral of St. John and has accompanied them on multiple tours to England singing at Westminster Abbey and Winchester Cathedral as well as Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C. Ms. Archuleta has performed solo works for various performances and is active in the music community of Albuquerque, singing with ensembles such as Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico, Chatter, New Mexico Symphonic Chorus, and New Music New Mexico. She spend the summer participating as a young artist in the Illinois Summer Bach Academy and Eastman's Renaissance as Chant Polyphony Summer program.
Lauren Breden, soprano  
Lauren Breden, soprano, received her B.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of New Mexico. She is currently the Soprano II section leader and Chorister assistant at the Cathedral of St. John under the direction of Dr. Maxine Thévenot. She has completed choral residencies at Winchester Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Washington National Cathedral, and will do an additional residency in Wells in 2018. In Albuquerque, she has performed in choral ensembles with Performance Santa Fe, The New Mexico Philharmonic and The Figueroa Project. She has also been involved in four of the Cathedral of St. John's recording projects, The Immortal Air, Mystic Meaning, In Dulci Jubilo and Tell of His Love. Lauren as a strong interest in early and contemporary music and hopes to continue to pursue both in the future, alongside her many arts interests.
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.
Bethany Herrera, soprano  
Bethany Herrera, soprano, is currently pursuing a B.M. in Vocal Performance at Texas Tech University where she studies with Dr. Rebecca Wascoe-Hays. Her operatic roles include Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica, Amore in L'incoronazione di Poppea, and Aninka in Brundibár. Bethany is a two-year alum of the Young Voices of the Santa Fe Opera and has been a soloist with Opera Southwest, the Lubbock Chorale, Texas Tech University Choir, Texas Tech University Orchestra, and the Santa Fe Community Orchestra. She also attended the summer program, Music in the Marche, in Mondavio, Italy. Most recently, Bethany placed 2nd in the New Mexico District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. When Bethany is not singing, she is backpacking or hiking in the mountains.
Hannah Colton, mezzo-soprano  
Hannah Colton first fell in love with choral singing in a high school madrigal choir, dressed in renaissance garb. Since then, she’s been selected for the Iowa All-State Jazz Choir, founded and directed the Duke University Jazz Choir in college, strummed John Prine tunes with friends around campfires, and swooned to Palestrina and Victoria in the SONAM ensemble in Durham, North Carolina. She currently sings with St. John’s Cathedral Choir. Hannah is a public radio reporter who got her start covering salmon fisheries, brown bears and schools in rural Alaska. She now works as a freelance reporter and fill-in host at KUNM in Albuquerque and KSFR in Santa Fe.
Heather Mechler, alto  
Heather Mechler holds a BA in Music and a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Alabama. She has been active in choral music from the age of 9 and studied piano beginning at age 8. Heather has performed with the University of Alabama University Chorus, Women's Chorale, and Opera Theatre. In Albuquerque, she has sung with the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus, the Cathedral Choir of St. John's Cathedral, and the Chancel Choir at First United Methodist Church. She is currently the director of Institutional Analytics at the University of New Mexico, and is pursuing a MM in Musicology.
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 sang for several years as the alto section leader in the Cathedral of St. John choir. 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, Cueta 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 is a returning member of Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico.
Seth Hartwell, tenor  
Seth Hartwell, tenor, has performed Baroque oratorio with such groups as VocalEssence, NMPAS, St. John's Bach Project, Santa Fe Pro Musica, and the Valparaiso University Chorale under the baton of world-renowned Bach scholar Helmuth Rilling. He has performed with Desert Chorale II, The Santa Fe Opera, Opera Southwest, and the Royal Norwegian Opera. Seth has a master’s degree in vocal performance from the University of New Mexico and a bachelor's degree in music education from Valparaiso University (Indiana). He maintains a private voice studio and is Music Director at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Albuquerque.
Reggie White, tenor  
Reggie White has always had an interest in music for as long as he can remember. Born and raised in New Orleans, Reggie was constantly immersed in music of many genres. He also had the advantage of growing up around the corner from several music icons like Fats Domino, who greatly influenced young Reggie. Growing up, Reggie was vocally trained primarily in gospel music. He grew to become an accomplished tenor in his church choir. In his family church, Reggie took voice and piano lessons. After high school, Reggie studied music and education at Southern University and Metropolitan State University. In the past twelve years, Reggie has sung tenor in the choirs of St. John's Cathedral, Denver, Christ Church, New Orleans, and for Colorado Choral Arts Society. Currently, Reggie sings in the choir at Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque. This is his first season with Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico.
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.
Stephen Lewis, baritone  
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 performed 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 has performed with the St. John’s Cathedral Choir, the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus, the New Mexico Bach Chorale, Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico, Canticum Novum, and Opera Southwest. When he’s not working or singing, you can find Stephen skiing one of the nearby resorts.
Joseph Mitchell, bass  
Joseph Mitchell is from the town of Belen, New Mexico, where he began his musical career, playing the trumpet in band. After knowing a love for music, he found a love for singing and has been doing so ever since. In his time pursuing a Bachelor's of Music Education (graduating in December!) at the University of New Mexico he sang with their Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. He performed roles such as Don Giovanni, Dr. Dulcamara in L'Elisir d'Amore, and Frank in Die Fledermaus. With aspirations of becoming a great choral conductor, he is thrilled to be singing with Polyphony!