Updated June 2017
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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 recently performed the 50th anniversary concert on the Walter Sr. Holtkamp organ at the University of New Mexico's Keller Hall.  

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, Philip Moore and Martin Stacey.  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 June 2017 will be a featured performer at the Dallas AGO Regional Convention.

Recognized for her excellence as a recording artist, Maxine Thévenot has released 15 well-received CDs on Raven CD.  Her most recent choral release, In Dulci Jubilo, recorded at The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (2015 release), was praised by James Hildredth of The American Organist magazine (December issue, 2016):  "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 24th season.  Under her direction, the Cathedral Choir and Choristers has sung residencies 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. She will tour with the Cathedral Choir and Choristers to Wells Cathedral in August 2018.

Maxine Thévenot is Founding and Artistic Director of 
Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico, the state's first professional, resident vocal ensemble; a faculty member at the University of New Mexico, where she directs the state's only collegiate all-women's choir, Las Cantantes.  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 2016 Dr. Thevenot was 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’s 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.

A native of Saskatchewan, Canada, Canon Dr. 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.”