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Las Cantantes (the only collegiate women's choir in the State of New Mexico) has been directed by Dr. Maxine Thévenot since 2007. This group is comprised of approximately 20 singers who are selected via audition. Please know that any women from the UNM campus are eligible to audition for the UNM Women's Choir-Las Cantantes. Auditions are held in August and again in early January. Please contact the music office for further detailed information.

This ensemble studies, rehearses and performs the finest literature written for treble voices. The ensemble is, at times, accompanied by other instruments such as the harp, percussion, piano and pipe organ.

upcoming performances

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 11:30 to noon, at The Cathedral of St. John,

Wednesday, December. 2, 6:00 p.m., Keller Hall, UNM campus

Hear a broadcast performance of the ensemble at:


Under the direction of Dr. Thévenot, Las Cantantes has toured nationally (NYC in 2009 and 2012), continued to collaborate with choral music legends, recorded two commercially released CDs, My Dancing Day in May 2008 and Dream a Little Dream in May 2010, both of which feature sacred and secular favorites and a number of premiere recordings of major choral works for women's choirs.

In May 2012, Las Cantantes released their third recording for the Raven CD label titled, Spectrum, with guest musicians Douglas Cardwell, Stu MacAskie, Michael Glynn, and organist, pianist and director, Maxine Thévenot. All their Raven CDs are available for $20 by emailing All sales support Las Cantantes directly and enable future recordings and tours.

If you wish to make a tax-deductible donation to Las Cantantes to aid the many costs of operating a choral ensemble, please send an email to for further information on how you can help keep choral music for young people alive. 

To quote a great writer, T.S. Eliot said, “You are the music, while the music lasts.” 



Enchantment at Chimayo
I Just Lightning
Stepping Westward
My Dancing Day
Dream a Little Dream

ABOUT "Spectrum"

Available at the upcoming Las Cantantes Concerts or by contacting   This new CD sells for $20 with all proceeds helping Las Cantantes.

Spectrum [ -tr m]
1. An array of entities, as light waves or
particles, ordered in accordance with the
magnitudes of a common physical
property, as wavelength or mass: often the
band of colors produced when sunlight
is passed through a prism, comprising red,
orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and
2. A broad range of varied but related ideas
or objects, the individual features of
which tend to overlap so as to form a
continuous series or sequence.

All the colors that are visible to the naked
eye; the full range of related possibilities; these
meanings both have their place in this program
of music, which gives us the serious and the
light-hearted, the old and the new, and so much
in between, offering a bright, colorful spectrum
of ideas and inspiration. For a collegiate choir
such as Las Cantantes, this is a crucial part of
their musical formation. For the listener, a
chance to hear these fresh, youthful, exciting
interpretations of this wide range of music.

Please support UNM Choirs and Las Cantantes
by purchasing this NEW, vibrant and energy-filled


REVIEW of "Spectrum" in American Record Guide, March/April 2013 issue

Las Cantantes, the women’s choir from the University of New Mexico, has come up aces with me before and they’re impressive again in this program. For starters, they give us a bright, breezy performance of Bob Chilcott’s Little Mass with a jazz trio on hand to lend its brand of elegance to the proceedings. Even more memorable is the glamorous singing in Joseph Rheinberger’s Mass in A, a lush, handsomely melodic traversal of the liturgy you’d have to be made of stone not to like. Works by Bradley Ellingboe and Kinley Lange add some nice lyrical touches, while ‘Gabi, Gabi’ unleashes a primal energy in line with its Zulu ancestry. Notes, texts and translations are supplied, and the recording is fine.     —Philip Greenfield

REVIEW of "My Dancing Day" in American Record Guide, Nov/Dec 2010 issue

—"A tribute not just to the spirit of Christmas but to the spirited brand of music-making going on at the University of New Mexico. Las Cantantes, the University's 20-voice women's chamber choir, does the Alma Mater proud with sensitive, heartfelt singing in such spiritually-charged works as Jean Langlais's exquisite 'Ave Mundi Gloria', the jaunty 'Personent Hodie' from John Rutter's cycle of carols called Dancing Day, and the handsome 'Magnificat' for voices, marimba and oboe composed by Bradley Ellingboe, Director of Choral Activities at UNM's Department of Music. You'll hear some strain in Rutter's 'Virgin Most Pure' (also from Dancing Day) as the verses are passed between different soloists and choral subdivisions with less than unanimous results. But on the whole, the choir sounds just fine under the baton of Dr. Maxine Thevenot, an organist-conductor trained at the Manhattan School. The instrumentalists on loan from the New Mexico Symphony, Santa Fe's ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, and Albuquerque's Cathedral Church of St.John (organist Iain Quinn) are first-rate. From the sound of things, the University of New Mexico would be a wonderful place not only to share the melodies of Christmas but to study and perform music year-round. "     —Philip Greenfield

audio samples

Dream a Little Dream (Schwandt, André, Kahn, arr. Tippett), from CD Dream a Little Dream 
Ave Verum Corpus
(Daley), live, Garden City, NY, 2009
Wind Song (Kidd), live, Garden City, NY, 2009
Hebe deine Augen auf (Mendelssohn), live, Garden City, 2009
Psallite (Praetorius), from CD My Dancing Day.
Personent Hodie (Rutter); harpist Lynn Gorman DeVelder, from CD My Dancing Day.
My God is a Rock (spiritual, arr. Kallmann)

  Las Cantantes 2015


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