Canon Precentor Maxine Thevenot – Director of Cathedral Music & Cathedral Organist

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maxinethevenot@gmail.com

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. 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), Stephanie Martin (CAN), Aaron David Miller (USA) and Cecilia McDowall (UK).

The Choir has released several critically acclaimed recordings both under her direction, and also with her as the organ accompanist, all available on the Raven CD label. Their upcoming release will be in December 2017.

Known for her work in creating unique ties within the Cathedral community she began a Fridays @ 7 in Lent series (2013) which features the finest local classically trained talent paired with a themed dinner prepared by congregation members for congregation and community members alike. This series has now morphed to include a 45 minute lecture preceding each concert by well-respected music educator, Oliver Prezant.  One goal of this series is to raise awareness of the needs of the Cathedral’s Food Pantry by encouraging concert attendees to bring non-perishable food items. The concerts have proven to be a beacon during the penitential season of Lent for many newcomers to the cathedral, as well as to many within the congregation.

Active within the musical community at large, highlights in recent years include:  Chorusmaster for the New Mexico Philharmonic Beethoven Symphony 9 performance at Popejoy Hall (Fall 2014) and at the Lensic Theatre for Performance Santa Fe (2016), as well as presented the New Mexican premiere of Bob Chilcott’s Requiem with the Cathedral Choirs (Spring 2014).  Dr. Thévenot was Musical Director for the New Mexican première of the gonzo opera, Too Much Coffee Man, by Daniel Steven Crafts (Fall 2013); chorus master for the New Mexico Philharmonic’s performances of Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem (2013) and the Holiday Pops concerts (December 2013, 2012) and conducted two performances of Bach’s St. John Passion with her professional ensemble Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico and the NM Philharmonic (2013) – the first known complete performances of this work, in German, in Albuquerque.  This 2014-2015 season she presented the New Mexican premiere of James MacMillan’s Seven Last words from the Cross with her professional vocal ensemble.  Please visit www.maxinethevenot.com for all her concert listing information.

Touring nationally and internationally form an important part of the music department’s outreach to the larger Anglican Communion.  Under Dr. Thevenot’s direction, the Cathedral Choir and Choristers have sung a weekend residency at Washington’s National Cathedral (June 2016); week-long residencies at both Winchester Cathedral and Westminster Abbey (2014) where they sang to an average of 450 people daily.  Previously, they sang under her direction in 2010 at Southwark Cathedral, and for residencies at both 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.  Their next International tour is July/August 2018 with a week-long residency at Wells Cathedral, UK.

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.”  Further publications include a set of Preces & Responses and an additional Introit, Light and Life.

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