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 – March 9, 2018
An Evening with Johannes Brahms

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.
Cammy Cook, soprano  
Albuquerque native Cammy Cook is quickly establishing herself as a soprano in high demand. Ms. Cook makes regular appearances with Opera Southwest where she has sung roles in I Pagliacci, Aida, Madam Butterfly, Gianni Schicchi, and various children’s productions. With the New Mexico Philharmonic Ms. Cook has been a soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, and Zarzuelas! Rediscovered Romance. She has also worked with other regional ensembles including Santa Fe Opera, Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico, and Canticum Novum. Earlier this year Ms. Cook was one of the top finalists in Phoenix Opera’s Voices of the Southwest competition open to young singers from Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Nevada. Ms. Cook is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and University of Colorado at Boulder where she holds degrees in Voice Performance.
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 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.
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 section leader with the Cathedral Choir of St. John. This is her fourth season with Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico. She teaches voice privately.
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.
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.