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 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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Ginny May, Accompanist, In 2004, after teaching music & working as an education administrator, Ginny moved with her husband to Las Cruces in retirement.  Soon after arriving, she became an accompanist in the NMSU Music Dept, Alma del Arte School, and in the NMSU Musical Theater Dept.  She played and sang in a dozen Cabaret Shows at the Boba Theater and accompanied musicals at NMSU: "Chicago", "The Mystery of Edwin Drood", "The Drowsy Chaperone", "The Beauty and the Beast", and at LCCT -"The Full Monty" where in addition to playing piano, she portrayed the acting part of Jeannette.  Most recently, she accompanied the musical, "Little Miss Sunshine". 

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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!