OUR MUSIC TEAM

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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

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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 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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Ginny May, Accompanist, has a bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s of music with a concentration in piano from the University of Nebraska. She also has a master’s in administration and served at one time as the principal of a private school in Omaha, Nebraska. She is a native of Nebraska and a long-time Las Cruces resident.  She has played several revues in various venues around Las Cruces and has played for numerous musicals. She previously accompanied the Chorale from 2008 through 2010.

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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!