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 Fairfield University 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 acclaim results throughout the United States, 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 throughout 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, Immaculata College 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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