The Mesilla Valley Chorale
For over 45 years, the Mesilla Valley Chorale has inspired and entertained Las Crucens, and provided an ideal opportunity for experienced singers to share their passion for choral music. Known for musical excellence and versatility, this community chorale performs a variety of four-part music ranging from Classical to Pops.
Experienced choral singers from all walks of life are welcome to join.
If you are interested in singing with us, we invite you to call Nancy Ritchey to arrange to sit in on a rehearsal. After rehearsal, if the music feels comfortable for you, we hold a brief audition to check your range, tone, ability to match pitch and hold your part while others sing something different around you. The ability to read music is helpful, but many learn by repetition. If you have a good ear to match what you hear, you qualify!
The MVC year consists of two semesters. Fall semester begins the Monday after Labor Day with rehearsals weekly to the December concert. Spring semester begins mid-January with weekly rehearsals until the May concert. Rehearsals are held on Monday nights from at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church on the corner of Alameda and Griggs. Saturday sectional rehearsals are also available. Membership dues are $55 per semester.
The skilled leadership and joyful approach to music provides a quality, rewarding choral experience for our members and audiences alike.
Our Music Leadership Team
The musical experience of each Chorale member is made richer by the individual and combined talents of our outstanding musical team.
Nancy Ritchey, Director, graduated from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in Ohio, with a degree in Vocal Performance. She studied for a year at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. After retiring four years ago as Director of Music Ministry at Wellspring Church, she returned to serving that ministry again in 2020. Nancy brings a passionate love of music and a long history of performing, accompanying and conducting to the MVC. Now in her 18th year as director, Nancy continues to find great joy in being involved with the warm-hearted, talented members of the MVC, and in bringing quality choral programing to our community.
Judy Bethmann, Assistant Director, graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education. Judy taught in Iowa for 30 years before moving to Las Cruces in 2001. She retired as Band Director and Elementary music teacher at White Sands in 2013. She is active in community theater, P.E.O., is Vice President and sings in the choir at Wellspring Church, and serves as Director of the New Horizon’s Band.
Laura Loos, Accompanist, graduated from New Mexico State University with a degree in Agricultural Business Management. A native of Carlsbad, she began accompanying choirs at age 13. Over the years, she has accompanied church choirs, school choirs, solo and ensemble competitions, band and orchestra in Texas and New Mexico. Laura is happy to be accompanying again with the MVC and enjoys the wonderful musicians associated with this group.
Karen Warren, Assistant Accompanist, began accompanying other musicians while in high school, and was awarded a full tuition scholarship to NMSU to accompany musicians majoring in music. She took her piano all over the world following her husband's Air Force career, and has played in many venues from church to musical theater. She is now retired from LCPS and DACC and delighted to sing and play for this delightful group of people - the Mesilla Valley Chorale!