Maria Monteiro is assistant professor and chair of the Music Department at Baptist University of the Américas, and music director at Primera Iglesia Bautista Mexicana (First Mexican Baptist Church), in San Antonio, Texas. She is also a doctoral student in Church Music at Baylor University.
Originally from Brazil, she has degrees (Bachelor’s and Master’s) from Baylor University in Music History and Literature, and a certificate of graduate studies in Musicology from Duke University.
In addition to her academic and professional experiences, church music ministry has always been a central part of Maria's life: be it singing in the choir, playing the piano for worship services, leading congregational singing, or directing children’s choirs. Through these many opportunities for service she has been able to practice and share her music skills and, eventually, to discern her calling as a church musician.
2018 Breakout Sessions
Engaging Children Through Music - Why It Matters
We all agree that musical engagement should begin at an early age, but why does it matter so much? Join these children's music leaders, advocates, and innovators as they each share their philosophy on children's music ministry, discussing how and why music is used to form the children in our churches.
Somos pueblo que camina/We Are People on a Journey
Congregational singing is the main form of communal participation in worship. Hymns and songs provide the worshipers with a shared vocabulary that deeply shapes their faith, witness, and commitment to serve the community and the world. In this workshop, we will explore a repertoire of bilingual (Spanish- English), Scripturally-inspired songs from a variety of contexts and cultures, which transcending a language divide, can expand our vision of what it means to be the people of God, living in this world. These songs will appear in a forthcoming (summer 2019, GIA Publications, Inc.) hymnal, Santo, santo, santo/Holy, Holy, Holy: Cantos para el pueblo de Dios/Songs for the people of God.