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Carol Nike, Director, graduated from Las Cruces High School and has a bachelor's degree in voice performance and a master's in choral conducting, both from New Mexico State University. While living in the United Kingdom and working there in the corporate world for many years, she was also active in church, classical, and theatrical music. Since returning to Las Cruces in 2010, she has conducted the Celestial Sounds women’s chorale until recently and continues to serve as music director at St. James Episcopal Church, in addition to teaching private voice lessons


Judy Bethmann, Assistant Director, graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant with a bachelor’s degree in music education. Judy taught in Iowa for 30 years before moving to Las Cruces in 2001. She joined the Mesilla Valley Chorale the same year. She retired as band director and elementary music teacher at White Sands in 2013. She is active in community theater and P.E.O., is vice president at Wellspring Church, plays percussion in the New Horizons Orchestra, and is the conductor of the New Horizons Band.

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Doug Weeks, Accompanist, began accompanying singers when he was 20 years old (We won't say how long ago that was.) He has just retired after 27 1/2 years as the Music Director for St. Paul's Methodist Church, and will now be playing for a number of music programs in the area. We are thrilled that Doug has joined us, and we're sure he will make a significant contribution.


Karen Warren, Assistant Accompanist, graduated from Las Cruces High School and has a bachelor's in home ec education and a master's in guidance and counseling. She 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 is delighted to sing and play for this delightful group of people – the Mesilla Valley Chorale!