Mesilla Valley Teen Singers perform “American Tapestry”

April 25, 2019 Carlos Arreola

The Mesilla Valley Teen Singers (MVTS), a talented group of young musicians, will perform “American Tapestry,” a free concert, Sunday, April 28, at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 200 E. Boutz Road. 

Directed by Terry Kay Gilbert and Christa Fredrickson and currently accompanied by pianist Lela York, the teens will perform an assortment of Americana in song, with some familiar tunes and others that may be new to the audience. Composers and arrangers whose music will be performed include Aaron Copland, Morten Lauridsen, and Alice Parker.

The Mesilla Valley Teen Singers, except for a one-year hiatus, have been performing in Las Cruces since 2005, presenting a spring and winter concert each year. Gilbert and Fredrickson are both experienced music teachers, and the members of the chorus bloom under their direction. Singers are teens from around the community, including all area high schools as well as home-schooled students, who join with no music experience required. However, by the time of the concerts, they perform like seasoned professionals.

“These students work hard to produce a great result,” Gilbert shares. “They learn the value of working together as a team to create beautiful sound with deep meaning. And MVTS is a melting pot of sorts…sincere and long-lasting friendships are formed which further enrich their experience.”

The concert is free, although donations are welcome, and is followed by a snack reception immediately after the performance. The concert is sponsored by Bright Star Dental.

New members may join at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. No audition is required to participate, and the group rehearses Thursdays from 4:30 – 6:15 p.m. in the choir room at Centennial High School, 1950 Sonoma Ranch Blvd. Tuition is $65 per semester, plus uniform costs. More information can be obtained by emailing Terry Kay Gilbert at

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