Canadian-born organist and choral conductor, Maxine Thévenot enjoys a distinguished international career performing throughout Europe, Great Britain, and North America, with a wide-ranging repertoire that includes contemporary works written especially for her. She is known as a consummate musician with an engaging performance style coupled with a flair for exciting programming.
Ms. Thévenot has received the Bachelor of Music in Music Education with distinction from the University of Saskatchewan, and the degrees, Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in organ performance from the Manhattan School of Music, New York where she was twice-awarded the Bronson Ragan Award for ‘most outstanding organist'. She also holds the Associate diplomas from the Royal Canadian College of Organists and the Royal Conservatory of Music. In December 2006, Dr. Thévenot was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the National College of Music, London, UK for her services to music.
Maxine Thévenot has performed throughout North America and Europe at many prestigious churches, concert halls and festivals having most recently performed at Westminster Cathedral, London; Stanford University, and Methuen Memorial Music Hall. Following her performance here today, she is flying to Canada to perform a solo recital at Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria, B.C. as part of the Seattle 2009 AGO Regional Convention. In late July she will perform in Germany for the first time, at Oxford's Town Hall and St. Michaels and All Angels, London; and in August, she will play the closing recital for the 4th Annual Festival of New Music in London, UK at Westminster Abbey. As part of the Festival she will also give a lecture-recital, co-sponsored by the Royal College of Organists at St Marylebone Parish Church. Following her time in the UK, Dr. Thévenot will play her second recital at Notre Dame, Paris before returning home to the Land of Enchantment.
A featured performer, concerto soloist, and lecturer at several AGO and RCCO conventions (Chicago, Calgary, Winnipeg, Albuquerque, Seattle), she is also the recipient of several competition prizes and scholarships. Ms. Thévenot was unanimously awarded First Prize in the Canada Bach 2000 National Organ Competition. She is the two-time recipient of the ‘Bronson Ragan Award for outstanding organist', from the Manhattan School of Music. She has broadcast for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio, Pipedreams and has recorded several CDs: The Seven Joys of Christmas, Calgary Girls Choir; Hearts Ascending, Calgary Boys Choir; My Dancing Day, Las Cantantes, UNM Women's Choir; 3 solo organ cds; Without Boundaries and Fiesta!, on the 65 rank Reuter Organ at the Cathedral Church of St. John, ABQ, and L'Orgue Magnifique, recorded on the 1933 102 rank E.M. Skinner organ at Girard College, PA. In addition she has recorded 2 CDs, Missa Orbis Factor and Missa Omnes Sancti with the Cathedral of St. John Choir.
Since September 2005, Ms. Thévenot has served as the Associate Organist-Choir Director at the Cathedral Church of St. John in Albuquerque, NM. In September 2006, Dr. Thévenot joined the faculty at the University of New Mexico where she is the Director of the women's choral ensemble, Las Cantantes. Dr. Thévenot also lectures in music theory and music appreciation, and is a university chapel organist. She previously served on the choral faculty at the Manhattan School of Music as Founding Director of Concentus. An accomplished and respected conductor, Dr. Thévenot is the Founding & Artistic Director of Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico and has directed orchestral performances with members of The Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. Thévenot has recently published two articles for The American Organist magazine and is a published photographer in issues of The Organ and Choir and Organ magazines. She is a newly-appointed member to the Board of Professional Concerns for the Association of Anglican Musicians and presently serves as a member of the National Board of Examiners for the American Guild of Organists.
Recital program (subject to change):