In 2018, St Luke made a commitment to church music by establishing a fund our St Luke Choral Scholars. These Scholars sing with us and for us, while continuing their education at UNM. Not all of our Scholars are music students, but all are active in the UNM music programs. In sharing their voices with us, we receive the blessings of their skills and time. In turn, they receive the blessings of a welcoming community and an opportunity to experience church music as a potential career choice.
The St Luke Choral Scholars play an active role in the Sanctuary Choir. They serve as section leaders and vocal role models. They sing as individuals and as an ensemble. If they are interested, they prepare, rehearse, and conduct the choir. They may also work with the Salt and Light Children’s Choir. Each Scholar is compensated with a small stipend for their work.
Faith communities have long been a fundamental part of music making and music education. The Book of Psalms is the first written hymnal. To this day, the Torah is chanted. Prayers and devotions throughout the world in many faith traditions are chanted or sung. Since the middle ages, faith communities were the first music schools, the first patrons of music compositions, the first repositories of music repertoire, the first to promote the art of making instruments, and much more.
We are part of a continuing heritage to sing the glory of God!
1 Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Sing to the LORD, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day.
Pauleta Hendrickson (Director of Music Ministries)
Pauleta, comes to St Luke with an eclectic background. She is an Air Force Veteran and a 1985 Graduate of the USAF Academy. She holds BS and MS degrees in Physics and Engineering Physics. After her military career and a short time in “Corporate America” she returned to one of her life’s passions: Music. She returned to school to receive a New Mexico teaching license in K-12 Performing Arts and completed Level II New Mexico Licensure. She is certified by the United Methodist Church in Music Ministry. In addition to her work at St Luke, she is active in the Albuquerque Interfaith Community and directs the Congregation Albert Zamir Choir for High Holy Days and other events. Pauleta also teaches preschool music at the St Luke Preschool. Pauleta’s deep passion is Intergenerational Music and has avidly pursued connecting people through music throughout her life, but makes time for many hobbies and activities.
Nancy Granert (Organist)
Nancy, was born in Evanston, Illinois, and raised in Glenview, a suburb of Chicago. She began studying the piano in the second grade, and added the organ in the eighth grade. She graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory with a BM, studying organ with Garth Peacock, and harpsichord with David Boe and William Porter. In 1976 she received the MM from New England Conservatory, studying with Yuko Hayashi.
Before coming to St. Luke, Nancy served as Associate University Organist and Choir Director at Harvard’s Memorial Church, Cambridge, MA, and as Organist at Emmanuel Church in Boston. She also served as the organist at two Synagogues in Boston, Temple Sinai and Central Reform Temple of Boston. While at Harvard, she toured with the University Choir as their accompanist, and is heard on several of their early recordings. She spent three summers in Spain pursuing studies of early Spanish organs and organ music with Montserrat Torrent, of Barcelona. She is well known as a recitalist and teacher. During her 17 years at Emmanuel Church, she stayed on at Memorial Church as their financial director, until she retired in 2015.
Nancy moved to Albuquerque in 2015 and loves the wide-open spaces, beautiful scenery, and friendly people here. Her interests include beading, Zentangles (a form of meditative drawing,) and photography. She is the incoming Dean of the Albuquerque Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, a post she will hold for the next two years.
Clara Byorn (Lead Saturday Musician)
Clara, a versatile multi-instrumentalist, electronic musician, musicologist, arts administrator, and tunesmith who has been described as having “radiant energy” and “immense talent.” Perpetually curious and driven by her Wisconsin dairy farmer work ethic, she is skilled at clarinets, accordion, and piano and deeply knowledgeable about a myriad of musical genres. Clara has premiered over 40 new classical works as soloist, collaborator, or as a part of the New Mexico Contemporary Ensemble, which she co-founded in 2016 with Dalton Harris. The ensemble released their first album, [places of transformation], in May 2020 with Joshua Carro. In 2020, Clara started producing electronic music loosely in the genre of IDM (Intelligent Dance Music) and has released three solo albums (orange, blue, VOID). Clara also frequently collaborates with lo-fi hip hop and experimental artist Dan Dan and together they released Ash Meridian in May 2020. Clara frequently plays for Contra, English Country, and International Folk Dance, most often in The Parson Sisters, and writes new dance tunes (On The Brighter Side & Other Dance Tunes, self-published, 2019). In the fall of 2020, along with her brother Seth, she began producing Born In A Barn, which features original tunes with scenic footage and information about small organic dairy farming. Inspired by community-building through music, Clara is proud to serve on the Board of Directors for the Klezmer Institute, New Mexico Folk Music and Dance Society, and the New Mexico Contemporary Ensemble. She also performs regularly with Paul Hunton’s Dust City Opera, an Indie Folk Rock band that released its debut album, Heaven, in March of 2019. Clara serves as music director for St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church in Albuquerque, NM. She holds a Master of Music degree from the University of New Mexico in Clarinet Performance and Musicology (2017) and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Luther College (2012).
Choral Scholars Biography
Jonathan (Jonny) Cain
Jonny is a junior at UNM and hopes to graduate with a degree in Anthropology. With this degree, and years of experience outdoors, he plans to join the National Park Service or the Forest Service. For now though, with two semesters remaining at UNM, Jonny is graduating in the Fall of 2022.
His passions for music run deep and while he is not as involved in the music program at UNM as he would prefer, he does participate as a Tenor for the UNM Concert Choir.
Along with this, Jonny participated in the NM State choir for three years during high school, even singing in the Piedra Vista Pipes Concert Choir as the Honor Choir his senior year. He loves performing and can’t wait to sing more in St. Luke’s. Outside of school, Jonny loves to hike and climb, especially in the alpine.