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 – January 27, 2018
A Concert of Music and Readings commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Edin Archuleta, soprano  
Edin Archuleta, soprano, was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 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 in Albuquerque, singing with ensembles such as Polyphony Voices of New Mexico, Chatter, New Mexico Symphonic Chorus, and New Music New Mexico. She spent the summer participating as a young artist in the Illinois Summer Bach Academy and Eastman’s Renaissance as Chant Polyphony Summer program. She plans on applying to graduate schools 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.
Briana Enriquez, soprano  
Briana Enriquez, a skilled soprano, has been a member of the Cathedral Choir of St. John for two years. She has also been a recurring member of the New Mexico All-State Mixed Chorus throughout her high school career. About to enter her senior year at St. Pius X High School, Briana is pleased to continue singing with her school choir and involving herself in musical theater as well.
Christina Haroldson, soperano  
Christina Haroldson was born and raised in Glendale, Arizona, where she began her musical training with the Phoenix Girls Chorus at age nine. She was part of this choir for nine years, during which time she traveled and sang throughout the United States, Europe and Canada. After completing her BA in Music, Christina took part in the OperaWorks program in LA and the Schumann Liederfest in Germany. While working on her Master of Music in Voice Performance at ASU, she taught music theory and sight-singing for the Arizona Girlchoir Association and performed with Southwest Shakespeare Company in Mesa, Arizona. After completing her Masters, Christina moved to New Mexico where she enjoys teaching from her private voice studio, performing with Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico (as well as other solo and choral work throughout the area), directing the Sandia Youth Choir, and assisting her husband with the Sandia Youth Orchestra.
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.
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 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.
Fred Graham, tenor  
Fred Graham is a singer, organist, and conductor.  In October of 2016 he led his choir on a European tour, which included performances in St. Ludwig’s Church in Munich, St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, and the Salzburg Cathedral. Fred received a Master of Sacred Music degree from Boston University, where he was a double major in voice and organ (with graduate recitals in each field). He arrived in Albuquerque in March of 2017, where he maintains a private voice studio and is Organist and Music Director at La Mesa Presbyterian Church.
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.
Nathan Salazar, tenor  
Nathan Salazar holds a Masters degree in Collaborative Piano from the University of Michigan where he studied with Martin Katz. He received his vocal and piano performance degrees from the University of Kansas. He has performed in England, Scotland, Italy, Russia, as well as all over the United States. He performed in the International Festival of Spanish and Latin American Music with renowned mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza. Nathan has been featured at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and Carnegie Hall in New York City among other premier performance venues in the United States. He received a fellowship to Songfest in Los Angeles in 2013, where he studied with pianists Margo Garrett and Graham Johnson. He has worked with composers Jake Heggie, John Musto, William Bolcom, Paul Schoenfield, and Libby Larsen. In 2014, he was invited to be part of Marilyn Horne’s 80th birthday celebration at Carnegie Hall where he worked with Ms. Horne, Martin Katz, and the legendary Christa Ludwig. Nathan performs and coaches with Coro de Camara, Sangre de Cristo Chorale, New Mexico Performing Arts Society, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and the Santa Fe Opera.
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. Eventually, Reggie progressed from the piano to other instruments, including the saxophone and the cello. In high school, Reggie sang in the school choir. During his senior year, Reggie became eligible for vocal instruction in Opera Under the Stars, a high school-collegiate collaboration program for aspiring vocalists, under the tutelage of Dr. Valorie Francis of Dillard University. Ultimately, Reggie was cast in several leading operatic roles, including the role of Sportin’ Life in a performance of Porgy and Bess. He continued in Opera Under the Stars for an additional year after high school. After high school, Reggie studied music and education at Southern University and Metropolitan State University. For the past twelve years, Reggie has sang the part of tenor in the choirs of St. John’s Cathedral, Denver, and Christ Church Cathedral, New Orleans, respectively. Reggie also sang the part of tenor for Colorado Choral Arts Society. Additionally, Reggie sang the part of tenor in the One Hundred Man Choir for Haiti disaster relief, performing Faure Requiem. Currently, Reggie is first tenor at St. John’s Cathedral, Albuquerque.
Alfredo Beltran, baritone  
Alfredo Beltran is a lyric baritone and freelance musician currently based in Albuquerque, NM. He is a graduate of the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he received a Master of Music Degree in Voice Performance, studying under baritone Dale Morehouse. Before that, he received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Voice Performance from the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque), where he studied with baritone Michael Hix. Beltran's prior choral experiences include singing with ABQ Coro Lux and the UNM Concert Choir under Bradley Ellingboe, Quintessence: Choral Artists of the Southwest under Matthew Greer, the UMKC Conservatory Singers under Dr. Robert Bode, and the Kansas City Symphony Chorus under Charles Bruffy. He is also currently a choral scholar and assistant conductor at First Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque, working with Dr. James Yeager.
Aaron Howe, bass  
Aaron Howe has been making music with people in New Mexico for the last 20 years. He received his Bachelor of Music Education from Eastern New Mexico University and his Master of Music from the University of New Mexico. He has served as Music Director for Heights 1st Church of the Nazarene and Community of Joy Lutheran Church. He also directed the choral program at St. Pius X High School. In addition, he has worked as music director for many community theaters, including Musical Theater Southwest, Albuquerque Little Theater, and Play Conservatory. Since 2010 Aaron has served as the Artistic Director of The New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus, arranging and conducting four concert series per year, along with many additional community performances. In 2013, Aaron co-founded The Rio Rancho Youth Chorus as its first Artistic Director. He is proud and honored to be a part of the wonderful arts community here in New Mexico.
Lars Fabricius-Olsen, baritone  
Lars Fabricius-Olsen is a student at UNM who enjoys choir singing, and banjo playing.
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!