Lecturer in Church Music, Baylor University School of Music
Originally from Recife, Brazil, Maria serves as Lecturer in Church Music at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and as music director at Primera Iglesia Bautista Mexicana (First Mexican Baptist Church), in San Antonio. Before joining the Baylor faculty, she taught for seventeen years at Baptist University of the Américas, also in San Antonio. These roles and activities have provided the essential connection between her academic interest in church music and the practical involvement in the musical life of a present-day congregation. Maria holds a Master of Music (1991) and a Bachelor of Music (1987) degrees in Music History and Literature, and a Ph.D. in Church Music (2021), all from Baylor University. She is married to Marconi Monteiro, Ed.D., a senior medical educator at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Their only daughter, Juliana, is a high school art teacher.