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 5, 2018
The 12th Day of Christmas Festival Concert

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.
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 Stephens, soprano  
At home on the opera stage as well as in concert, British-American lyric coloratura soprano, Hannah Stephens, recently debuted with West Edge Opera in Berkeley, California, singing the role of Poppea in Handel’s Agrippina. The versatility of her voice allows her to enjoy performing many styles of music, including new works. Additionally, Hannah is a children's performer, usually playing a music faerie painting faces and twisting balloons! Ms. Stephens holds a Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance from the University of New Mexico and a Master's degree from Indiana University, Bloomington. She teaches a private studio from her home in Rio Rancho and is on the faculty of the New Mexico School of Music in Albuquerque. She is a pupil of Marilyn Tyler. www.hannahstephens.com
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.
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.
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.
Sara Weiler, mezzo-soprano  
Sarah Weiler (mezzo-soprano) is a Santa Fe-based artist active in musical theater, oratorio, chamber music, and choral work. She is a member of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale singing in the winter program for the past five years and completing her first summer season in 2013. In addition to singing with the Desert Chorale, she has performed many solo works with the Santa Fe Symphony and Chorus, including Vivaldi's Gloria, the role of the Sorceress in Dido and Aenaes and Beethoven's Mass in C. Upcoming solos include the alto solo in Pergolesi's Magnificat with Canticum Novum in October 2013 and the alto solo in Bach's Magnificat with The Figueroa Project in February 2014. Sarah is also a featured member of Santa Fe Rep with leads in Working, Pippin, and Company. Sarah teaches Voice and Musical Theatre Performance at Santa Fe University of Art and Design and is a Nia Technique Blue Belt instructor at BODY and StudioNia Santa Fe.
Gregory Gallagher, tenor  
Dr. Gregory Gallagher, tenor, is an Assistant Professor at Eastern New Mexico University. He recently received his doctorate from Louisiana State University in Vocal Performance with a minor in Vocal Pedagogy. He is also a recent recipient of an Encouragement Award at the New Orleans District Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. Dr. Gallagher has performed numerous operatic roles and has been a featured soloist in several choral works including the Howell’s Hymnus Paradisi, the Mozart Requiem, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. He has been featured in companies such as LSU Opera, BASOTI, Oberlin in Italy, Opera Lafayette, Candid Concert Opera in Chicago, and Dayton Opera. His operatic credits include Lindoro (L’Italiana in Algeri), Beadle (Sweeney Todd), Myslivecek (Hlas lesa), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), St. Brioche (The Merry Widow), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Fenton (Falstaff), Peter Quint (The Turn of the Screw), Lysander (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi), the Podestà (La finta giardiniera), and Kaspar (Amahl and the Night Visitors). Last fall, he performed the tenor solo in the world premiere of American composer Gwyneth Walker’s song cycle, Touching the Infinite Sky. Dr. Gallagher holds an MM in Vocal Performance from LSU and a BM in Vocal Performance from Cedarville University.
Tjett Gerdom, tenor  
1) Tjett Gerdom, tenor, is originally from Iowa and has a degree in Music Education from Cornell College. Since moving to New Mexico five years ago, he has been a featured soloist with the New Mexico Bach Society, the Santa Fe Community Orchestra, Santa Fe Music Works, Coro de Cámara, the Los Alamos Oratorio Society, the Los Alamos Choral Society, and has thrice performed with Opera Alta’s Opera on the Rocks. In addition to singing, Tjett is the Interim Music Director of the Los Alamos Choral Society and has conducted performances with the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra and the Los Alamos Oratorio Society. He is the Principal Trumpet with LASO. Tjett’s musical career has granted him the privilege of making music in many fantastic and historic places, including: St. Mark's in Venice, at Mardi Gras in New Orleans, the Pantheon in Rome, Symphony Hall in Chicago, a Barnes & Noble, the great Cathedral in Salzburg, and at Carnival in Nice, France.

2) Tjett's mom thinks he's talented.
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.
Marcos Vigil, tenor  
Tenor Marcos Vigil holds a Bachelor of Music degree from New Mexico State University as well as a Master of Music degree and a Professional Studies Certificate from the Manhattan School of Music. Recent performances include Ein Soldat in Viktor Ulmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis with the People’s Theater of Denver, and Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore with Mid-Ohio Opera. Other roles performed include Don Eusebio in L’Occasione fa i’Ladro with Little Opera Theater of New York, King Nebbuchanezar in The Burning Firey Furnace with Opera Brittenica in Boston, Don Ramiro from La Cenerentola with Capital Heights Lyric Opera of New York, and Count Almaviva from Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Company of Brooklyn. Mr. Vigil has also performed the role of Prunier in Puccini’s La Rondine with the Martina Arroyo Foundation’s Prelude to Performance Summer Program, as well as the role of Beppe from Donizetti’s Rita, where Opera News hailed his performance as “a comedic and vocal tour de force”. Concert appearances include Vivace, and evening of Classical Favorites in Arvada, Colorado, Art Song Festival of Cleveland, Rapture in Trinidad Tobago, Bernstein Remembered in New York City, as well as an appearance with the 90X arts festival in New York City.
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.
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  
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.
Lars Fabricius-Olsen, baritone  
Lars Fabricius-Olsen is a student at UNM who enjoys choir singing, and banjo playing.
Travis Sherwood, baritone  
American baritone, Travis Sherwood, holds a Doctor of Musical Arts and a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music and a Bachelor of Music Degree from Westminster Choir College in music education and vocal performance. Additional studies include a certificate from the “Académie Internationale d’Eté de Nice” in “Interprétation chant & piano” under the instruction of Dalton Baldwin. On the operatic stage Travis has performed leading roles in South Pacific, Gianni Schicchi, The Tempest, Hänsel und Gretel, Die Zauberflöte, Das Liebesverbot, Albert Herring, Don Giovanni, The Rape of Lucretia, and Die Fledermaus. Travis has had the pleasure of singing for Aspen Opera Theater, “The Martina Arroyo Foundation, Prelude to Performance®”, USC Thornton Opera, Opera New Jersey, Princeton Festival, Bohème Opera, Westminster Opera Theater, Spoleto Festival USA, and was a Marc and Eva Stern Fellow at SongFest. On the concert stage Travis has performed Mozart’s Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem, Gounod’s Messe Solennelle de Sainte Cécile, Schubert’s Mass in G, Bach’s Cantata 140, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung, William Grant Still’s Plain-Chant for America, Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem, and created the role of Jesus in Kata Markon by Mark Lanz Weiser. Travis is currently an Assistant Professor of Music and Vocal Area Coordinator on the faculty of Eastern New Mexico University. Prior appointments include Lecturer and Chair of the Voice department at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand; Fullerton Junior College; University of Southern California; and Westminster Conservatory of Music.