Canon Precentor Maxine Thevenot – Director of Cathedral Music & Cathedral Organist
505-247-1581 ext. 106
Appointed Canon Precentor in 2014, Dr. Thévenot has served as Director of Cathedral Music and Organist since 2010. Prior to that she was Acting Director of Music (Fall 2009) and Associate Organist-Choir Director (2005-2009). She oversees and directs a program consisting of four choirs which tour nationally and internationally; produces the recordings of the Cathedral Choirs for the RavenCD label; and manages an extensive community outreach ministry-Friends of Cathedral Music- in cooperation with the Cathedral’s Food Pantry. (www.fcmabq.org) She collaborates with the Diocese of the Rio Grande in all major Diocesan events at the cathedral including the running of an annual Diocesan Choral Festival (started in 2010); all diocesan ordinations; engaged in furthering the reach of the cathedral’s music program to smaller parishes within the diocese by taking members of the cathedral choir to sing with and for these smaller parishes.
Begun in 2006 through the Friends of Cathedral Music, the annual commissioning of new works for the Cathedral Choirs offers a unique opportunity for composers, the cathedral choirs and congregation alike to interact within the context of rehearsals, liturgy and at the Dean’s Forum and sometimes at special choir fundraising events. In the recent five years, our commissioned composers have included such luminaries as Philip Moore (UK), Andrew Carter (UK), Nicholas White (UK/USA), Andrew Ager (CAN) and Stephanie Martin (CAN).
Her first composition, Here I am, published by Paraclete Press (2014) is recorded by The Cathedral Choir on their new CD, ‘The Immortal Air’. It was described by Classical Music Sentinel: “The simple and naïve way in which they present ‘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.”
A native of Saskatchewan, Canada, Canon Dr. Thévenot received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Saskatchewan, 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’.
Maxine Thevenot, DMA, ARCCO, ARCT, HonFNCM