Polyphony is a treasure. - Albuquerque Journal
Under the artistic leadership of Maxine Thévenot, Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico (PVNM) is New Mexico’s first professional choral ensemble comprised solely of highly trained vocal artists who are residents in New Mexico.
Incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2007, PVNM was founded to diversify the musical offerings available to audiences and communities in New Mexico and to further support professional singers and choral art in the state. Polyphony is proud to have a high representation of talented choral music educators as part of the ensemble and is proud to have partnered musically with members of New York Polyphony in past performances.
Grounded in the belief that communal singing provides a deep and meaningful soundscape for artists and audiences alike, PVNM’s artists are passionate about the energy and intimacy of chamber choral music performed at a high caliber. The flexible roster of singers is committed to the highest level of ensemble performance and is guided by the works of ages past and inspired by the composers of today.
…one can easily become mesmerized in the opulent sonorities. - Albuquerque Journal
Through performing, recording, and outreach to young musicians and amateur community singers, Polyphony seeks to inspire a new generation and foster a high-level of artistry within our community.
PVNM performs both unaccompanied repertoire and larger-scale choral works, the latter in collaboration with New Mexico’s finest orchestras, including the New Mexico Philharmonic, Performance Santa Fe (formerly Santa Fe Concert Association), Santa Fe Pro Musica, and the PVNM orchestra.
PVNM also collaborates with New Mexico’s most prestigious venues and presenters, such as Las Placitas Artist Series; Music in Corrales; The Episcopal Cathedral of St. John; Loretto Chapel, San Miguel Mission, The Lensic Theatre, and St. Francis Auditorium, Santa Fe.
In 2021 they will give the world premiere performance of a commissioned work by American composer, Jenny Olivia Johnson. New Mexican premieres of large-scale choral works include the first performance in Spanish of Enrique Granados' Canto de las Estrellas with pianist and Granados scholar Douglas Riva; Donald McCullough’s Holocaust Cantata: Songs from the Camps; the first complete performance of Bach's St. John Passion in German with the New Mexico Philharmonic; James MacMillan's Miserere and his Seven Last Words from the Cross; and Henry Mollicone's Beatitude Mass: Mass for the Homeless.