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 is the Director of Music Ministries and 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.
CHORAL SCHOLARS BIO:
Is an Albuquerque native completing his Music Education degree in May 2021.
Agustin has sung for many events, inclu-ding “Sunday is Funday” for the city of Rio Rancho, and National competition for DCI (Drum Core International).
He also has a special recognition from the Military Order of the Purple Heart. This is his second year as a St Luke Scholar and is grateful for the opportunity to make music with the St Luke community.
Is a sophomore studying Secondary Education with a focus in Language Arts.
He’s from Farmington New Mexico.
Like many New Mexicans, he likes to hike and camp.
This summer, he hiked 5 14ers (moun-tains whose summits meet or exceed 14,000 feet of
He is excited to be making music with St. Luke!
Brianna (Bri) Joyce
Is a senior at UNM, studying music education with an emphasis in voice. Bri has been involved in music since she began piano lessons at age 6, and has been hooked ever since! In addition to voice, Bri also plays violin, French horn, and piano. After graduation in May 2021, she hopes to teach middle-school school choir in APS for a few years before pursuing a master’s degree in music.
Outside music, Bri is a voracious reader and loves to do pottery and watercolor painting. This is Bri’s second year working at St. Luke, and she is grateful to sing with
such a kind and welcoming community!
Is a sophomore at UNM studying vocal performance, dance, and theater.
Molly recently placed 2nd in the Lower Division of Musical Theater in the Rio Grande Chapter of the National Association of Music Teacher’s Competition. She grew up in New York and moved to Santa
Fe when she was 15. When she isn’t working on music, she loves to cook and try new recipes!
This is her second season as a Choral Scholar and she is very excited to be a part of this church.