Maxine Thévenot

Maxine Thévenot is known for her skillful, musical playing, and inventive programming. Her distinguished musical career has taken her throughout Europe, Great Britain, and North America. Dr. Thévenot is Director of Cathedral Music and Organist at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque where she oversees a program consisting of four choirs and is Artistic Director of an extensive community outreach ministry, Friends of Cathedral Music. Under her direction, the Cathedral Choir and Choristers have sung services as part of residencies at many English Cathedrals including, Rochester, Canterbury, Wells, Winchester, York, St. Paul’s, Southwark and the royal peculiar of Westminster Abbey. Maxine Thévenot is the Founding and Artistic Director of Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico, an adjunct faculty member teaching pipe organ to interested students at the University of New Mexico, and the University’s Alumni Chapel organist. Recognized for her excellence as a recording artist, Dr. Maxine Thévenot has released 17 well-received CDs on Raven CD. In addition to her guest conducting, chorus mastering, and organ soloist work, as a collaborative artist Maxine has given the US and New Mexican premiere performances of numerous large-scale works for organ and orchestra. A published composer with Paraclete Press, her compositions include introits, psalm chants, and a setting of the Preces & Responses which has been performed in Great Britain and across North America. Maxine is a featured performer and lecturer at national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Royal Canadian College of Organists. She serves as a competition jury member and examiner for the American Guild of Organists as well as serving on the editorial board of the Association of Anglican Musicians. First-prize winner of the 2000 Canada Bach National Organ Competition, Maxine has also broadcast for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio, and Pipedreams.  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 the Manhattan School of Music.  At Manhattan School of Music, she was twice awarded the Bronson Ragan Award for ‘outstanding ability in organ performance’. 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.”

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