Puentes (Bridges) is a Spanish-language blog featuring a core team of writers who care deeply about the voice of the congregation in the Spanish-speaking world and are looking to have deep and meaningful conversations. Our team of bloggers is always on the lookout for great events, fresh ideas, and artists who are passionate about congregational singing. Because the team is made up of people from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, this blog offers a variety of views and opinions on congregational singing, celebrating the diversity that church singing embodies each week.
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Originally from Recife, Brazil, Maria Monteiro 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, from Baylor, a certificate of graduate studies in Musicology from Duke University (1998), and a Ph.D. in Church Music (2021) from Baylor University.