CAROLE ANN MAXWELL, D.S.M.
One of America's preeminent conductors of collegiate, community
and professional choral ensembles, Dr. Carole Ann Maxwell has
been the artistic director of The Mendelssohn Choir of
Connecticut since its inception in 1984.
Dr. Maxwell has also served as Director of Choral and
Liturgical Music for
since 1980. In these and
all her affiliations, Dr. Maxwell continuously strives for
choral excellence through the total commitment and magnificent
voices of thousands of gifted singers who gladly audition and
travel great distances for the opportunity to work with her.
Noted for immense energy, consummate professionalism and
complete dedication to the choral arts, Dr. Maxwell's mission is
to inspire and challenge each singer's musical potential.
Combining her talent with a wonderful sense of humor has set Dr.
Maxwell apart from other conductors, making her extremely
unique, and placing her in great demand. Dr. Maxwell's
versatile style and artistic leadership have produced critical
results throughout the
Canada, Europe, and
Asia. She has prepared and conducted choruses for
the Prague Radio Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Fort Worth
Symphony, Wallingford Symphony and Philadelphia Lyric Opera
Orchestra as well as the Connecticut Grand Opera and Yale
operatic ensembles. She has cultivated a vast operatic and choral/orchestral repertoire and has been an active preparer and conductor of these genres throughout the world.
Dr. Maxwell is a favorite
Chorus Master for the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra.
Their choral/orchestral performances have been heralded as
“magnificent” and “stunning.” In 2013, she is looking forward to her association with The New Haven
Symphony Orchestra, Maestro William Boughton, Conductor.
Extending her commitment to bring
exceptional choral music to singers and audience members
Fairfield County, Dr. Maxwell
was the Founder and Conductor of the
Summer Festival Chorus at the Quick Center for the Arts for 18 years.
She has also been named one of the distinguished conductors at
the Messiah Sing-In at Lincoln
Center as well as for Regional and All-State Choruses. This year, Dr. Maxwell has been named conductor of the Fairfield Choral Festival and speaker for the International Vocal Competition for the Connecticut Music Alliance.
Dr. Maxwell has been recognized for her artistic achievements with
numerous awards. Her choirs have also been privileged to perform with Distinguished
Concerts International of New York as well as with Mid-America Productions
at Carnegie Hall. In 1992,
presented Dr. Maxwell with the prestigious "Distinguished Music Alumna"
award. The National Music Honor Society, Pi Kappa Lambda, honored her with
membership citing her excellence and outstanding contributions in the
field of choral music.
The Connecticut Post named Dr.
Maxwell a recipient of the "Woman of Substance" Award, celebrating
outstanding women of the region, and Oxford Health Care honored her with
its Humancare Award for her exceptional efforts in the community. In 2000,
Dr. Maxwell was named "Woman of the Year" by Fairfield University Women's
Studies Program, and in 2012 will be honored with induction into the prestigious Jesuit Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Nu.
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