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. Nancy brings a passionate love of music and a long history of performing, accompanying and conducting to the MVC. Now in her 16th 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 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, P.E.O., is Vice President at Wellspring Church, plays percussion in the New Horizons Orchestra and is Conductor of the New Horizons 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!.