Lecturer III, Organ / Director, Las Cantantes
Acclaimed for her “solid musicianship … technical security and poise” by The American Organist, and for her “beautiful registration and flawless playing…another real gem of a recording with ravishing playing” by The Diapason Magazine, Maxine Thévenot is among the foremost artists of her generation, hailed across North America and Europe for her skillful, musical playing and inventive programming.
Ms. Thévenot’s recital career has taken her to many major European venues including the Magdeburger Dom, Germany; the Cathédrale de St. Bénigne, Dijon, France; Church of Santa Rita, Turin; La Verna and Florence, Italy; Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral, UK; Salisbury, St. Paul’s and Canterbury Cathedrals, UK; St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, UK; la Cathèdrale de Notre Dame, Paris; and to venues across North America including Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.; Saint Thomas Fifth Avenue, New York City; Princeton University Chapel, Princeton, New Jersey; Jack Singer Concert Hall, Calgary; and l”Oratoire de Saint Joseph, Montréal. She has also performed at the music festivals of Bratislava, Budapest, Prague, and Vienna. She performed the 50th anniversary concert on the Walter Sr. Holtkamp organ at the University of New Mexico’s Keller Hall (2017).
An advocate of new music, Maxine gave the Andrew Carter Concerto for Organ and Orchestra in C its second U.S. performance (2014) under the composer’s direction; gave the U.S. premiere (2012) of the Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani by UK composer Philip Moore under his direction; gave the world, U.S. and European premiere performances of Canadian composer Andrew Ager’s Concerto for Organ and Orchestra (2011), Te Deum and Première Suite, and she is the dedicatée of organ works written by Andrew Ager, Hayes Biggs, Noel Goëmanne, Robert Lind, Martin Stacey, and Philip Moore. She continues to premiere performances of works by living composers.
Dr. Thévenot has been a featured performer and lecturer at national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Royal Canadian College of Organists. Winner of the 2000 Canada Bach National Organ Competition, Maxine has also broadcast for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio and Pipedreams. She has served as a traveling clinician for the Royal Canadian College of Organists and in July 2019 was a featured performer along with her husband, baritone, Edmund Connolly, at the Denver AGO Regional Convention. Please visit her website for her future concert listing.
Recognized for her excellence as a recording artist, Maxine Thévenot has released 16 well-received CDs on Raven CD. Of her most recent choral release, Tell of His Love, recorded at The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (2017 release), Marjorie Johnston of The Association of Anglican Musicians writes (May/June 2018 issue): “…the high quality of each ensemble and artist, the great diversity in its 20 tracks, the concise yet informative liner notes, among other things. There is no dip in quality as the performing forces change from full Cathedral Choir, to Cathedral Chamber Choir, to Select ATB, to either organist, to the excellent Cathedral Choristers. Of her In Dulci Jubilo (2015) release James Hildreth of the American Guild of Organists writes, “Maxine Thévenot masterfully guides her singers in performances that are distinctive in their thoughtful, carefully crafted phrases, lovingly wrought with excellent diction, uniform balance, effective dynamic shading, and clean rhythm governed by well-controlled tempos.”
Appointed Canon Precentor in 2014, Dr. Thévenot currently serves as Director of Cathedral Music and Organist at the Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque where she oversees a program consisting of 4 choirs and an extensive community outreach ministry-Friends of Cathedral Music, now in its 25th anniversary season. Under her direction, the Cathedral Choir and Choristers has sung week-long residencies at Wells Cathedral (2018); week-end residency at Washington National Cathedral (2016); week-long residencies at both Winchester Cathedral and Westminster Abbey (2014) having previously sung under her direction in 2010 at Southwark Cathedral, St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, and York Minster; and in New York City (2012) singing concerts and services at The Cathedral of the Incarnation, Saint Mary the Virgin, Saint Thomas Fifth Avenue and The Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
Maxine Thévenot is Founding and Artistic Director of Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico, the state’s first professional, resident vocal ensemble; an adjunct faculty member at the University of New Mexico, where she directs the state’s only collegiate all-women’s choir, Las Cantantes and teaches organ to those interested. A member of the duo, Air & Hammers, she concertizes with her husband, acclaimed English baritone Edmund Connolly, specializing in programs which combine song repertoire from the 19th and 20th centuries with new works by living composers.
In 2020 Dr. Thevenot will serve as chorus master for the Santa Fe Pro Musica performance of F. J. Haydn’s Creation under the direction of Tom O’Connor. 2016 Dr. Thevenot served as chorus master for the Performance Santa Fe’s Beethoven Symphony 9 performance at the Lensic Theatre; in 2014 for the New Mexico Philharmonic Beethoven Symphony 9 performance at Popejoy Hall. In 2013 Dr. Thévenot was Musical Director for the New Mexican première of the gonzo opera, Too Much Coffee Man, by Daniel Steven Crafts; chorus master for the New Mexico Philharmonic performances of Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem and the Holiday Pops concerts and conducted two performances of Bach’s St. John Passion with her ensemble Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico and the NM Philharmonic – the first known complete performances of this work, in German, in Albuquerque. In recent years she has conducted the southwest premieres of significant choral works by Bob Chilcott, James MacMillan, John Rutter and most recently gave the world premiere (Spanish language performance) of Canto de las Estrellas (Song of the Stars) by Enrique Granados in a project involving all three of her choral ensembles.
A published composer with Paraclete Press, her compositions have been described by Classical Music Sentinel: “…Here I am Lord … a composition simultaneously harmonically barren and fertile, reinforces the piece’s deceivingly unassuming character, while at the same time revealing its odd beauty. Her compositions include introits and a setting of the Preces of Responses recently premiered at St. John’s College, Cambridge, UK and subsequently performed across North America and the UK.
A native of Saskatchewan, Canada, Maxine Thévenot received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Saskatchewan (with Distinction), and her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Manhattan School of Music. At Manhattan School she was twice-awarded the Bronson Ragan Award for “Most Outstanding Organist”. Maxine is an Associate of the Royal Canadian College of Organists and the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, and was made an Honorary Fellow of the National College of Music, London, UK in 2006 for her “services to music.”