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 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.
Briana Enriquez, soprano  
Briana Enriquez, 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 Master of Music with a concentration in vocal performance from The University of New Mexico, where she received her vocal instruction from Dr. Michael Hix. 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' Seranade to Music, Fauré's Requiem, Handel's Messiah, Bach's Oster-Oratorium and Magnificat, Haydn's The Seven Last Words of Christ, and MacMillan's Seven Last Words from the Cross. Her awards include placing second in the 2009 National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition and placing second in the 2015 Vocal Artistry Art Song Festival. Ms. Perez enjoys participating in the musical community of Albuquerque as a soprano section leader at St. Paul Lutheran Church and as an active member of the choral ensembles Polyphoy: Voices of New Mexico, Chatter, New Mexico Bach society, and Dallas Choral Festival. She has participated as an apprentice with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and is an occasional soloist for the NM Philharmonic.
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 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.
Sara  Nickerson, mezzo-soprano  
Mezzo-soprano Sarah Nickerson is a Santa Fe, NM, based artist active in oratorio, chamber music, choral work, and musical theatre. Sarah has performed as a soloist and chorister with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Kinnara Ensemble, and with Chatter of Albuquerque. Solos include Vivaldi's Gloria, the role of the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas and Beethoven's Mass in C. In addition to her life as a singer, Sarah is also a Black-belt Nia instructor and teaches seven classes a week in Santa Fe.
Laura Pancost, soprano  
Laura Pancoast holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance from Concordia College and a M.M. in Voice from the University of New Mexico. A three-year member of and soloist in The Concordia Choir, she has also been a soloist in Concordia College's Oratorio performance of Carmina Burana and The St. Matthew Passion. Since moving to New Mexico, she has performed and soloed with Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico, Quintessence, and the New Mexico Bach Society. During her academic career, Laura held two arts administration internships at Central City Opera and was the Assistant House Manager at Keller Hall at the University of New Mexico. Laura held the position as the Development and Marketing Associate for the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and currently serves as the Development Coordinator for the Academy for the Love of Learning.
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.
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. This is his first season with Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico.
Tjett Gerdom, tenor  
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.
Eric Parker, tenor  
Eric Parker is a native of Albuquerque. He studied 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. Eric has sung in the Cathedral of St. John choir for the past 20 years, and is currently enjoying a sabbatical from weekly tenor section leader duties. He has appeared with local choral groups including Cantat, Quintessence, and Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico, and 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 Musikverein in Vienna, and at Carnegie Hall in NYC. Eric has appeared as a soloist with the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus multiple times, singing works ranging from Mozart’s Requiem to Broadway favorites by Lerner and Loewe.
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. 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.
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. 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 is a section leader in the Choir of the Cathedral of St. John, and has performed with 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.
Lars Fabricius-Olsen, baritone  
Lars Fabricius-Olsen sings baritone in the Choir of the Cathedral of St. John and sings/plays banjo in Silver String Band.
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 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. This is his first season with Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico.