Contact: Roberta Cox, 214/768-2335

June 28, 2004


DALLAS (SMU) – SMU’s Perkins School of Theology and Emanu-El United Methodist Church of Dallas, a member of the Rio Grande Conference, are pleased to announce the establishment of the Raquel Mora Martinez Fellowship for Graduate Studies in Sacred Music. The fellowship includes a $6,000 stipend awarded annually to a selected student in the Perkins School of Theology sacred music program. The purpose is to offer an opportunity for a promising student to gain practical music leadership experience in a bilingual (Spanish-English) worship setting. The first recipient of the award is Judith Laoyan Mosomos, a Perkins M.S.M. student from the Philippines. The setting is the Emanu-El United Methodist Church where Mrs. Martinez served as choir director. Funds are provided by parishioners, friends of Martinez and supporters of sacred music studies.

Raquel Mora Martinez was the first Rio Grande Conference member to graduate with a Master in Sacred Music (’89) from Perkins School of Theology. Besides her many duties associated with being married to Bishop Joel N. Martinez, Southwest Texas and Rio Grande Conferences, she is an active leader in The United Methodist Church in her own right. In 1992 Martinez was named general editor of Mil Voces Para Celebrar, the new United Methodist Hymnal, which was adopted by the General Conference in 1996. She is an accomplished musician and composer of sacred music. Her most recent book, Fiesta Cristiana, co-authored with her husband, features some of her original music inspired by Mexican and other Latino traditions. Martinez was the 1997 recipient of the Perkins School of Theology’s Distinguished Alumna Award.


Perkins School of Theology is one of five University-related official schools of theology of The United Methodist Church. The school was founded in 1911 by the Methodist Episcopal Church South, now The United Methodist Church. Degree programs include the Master of Church Ministry, Master of Divinity, Master of Sacred Music, Master of Theological Studies and Doctor of Ministry degree, as well as the Ph.D. in cooperation with SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Perkins has housed the Mexican-American Program for 30 years and offers certificates in Hispanic Studies for master’s degree students.