Rebekah Martin, better known as Becky Martin around SBS, has been an incredible addition to the Second Baptist School family since 2013. Under her direction, the choral programs have shown tremendous growth, and her love for her students is evident in all she does.
Family + Background
Have you heard of the Martin Family Singers? Raised by a music minister and the church organist, Becky grew up in a musical family. In fact, her family had their very own performing group; you may not have heard of them, but they sang for different churches as well as civic events. Becky says fondly, “music has always been a part of my life.”
Born and raised in Oklahoma, Becky Martin attended Oklahoma Baptist University and graduated with a music education degree. Passionate about her field, she most recently completed a masters in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on digital teaching and learning from the American College of Education. Moreover, she has over 30 years of experience in school music and choir.
Though she has spent much of her life growing up and teaching in Oklahoma, Becky confides, “I enjoy living in Texas; although I would never admit that to my Oklahoma family and friends.” When asked what brought her to SBS, she shares, “I had no plans to leave Oklahoma, but God had a different plan.” When Larry Harrison, former SBC worship pastor, reached out to Becky about the vacant choir director position in 2013, she knew it was the next step for her life. “I have been here for the past seven years, and I know I’m right where God wants me to be. I love my students, the parents, faculty and church staff. The environment here allows me to freely lead and inspire students to use their voices to the glory of God.”
In her seven years at SBS, the choir program has almost tripled in size. Becky Martin describes choir as an opportunity for students to breathe and relax from the rigor of their core subjects, while growing in their musical confidence and cooperation skills. Students are given opportunities to sing in small groups, audition for state honors choir and lead in various officer positions. Choir is about more than just music; under Becky’s leadership, choir students learn to be more vulnerable and encouraging to one another. “It is my prayer that they become more empathetic and better people because they spend time singing together every day.” Becky not only leads courageously in her choir program, she also models a life that follows Christ and encourages her students to live biblically, glorifying God in all things.
Choir in 2020
This school year has brought challenges with the wearing of masks and shields. “Hearing students when they sing is especially difficult at times,” shares Becky. “I’m so proud of the choir students for hanging in there and figuring out how to sing in this different environment.
In addition to face covering and shield protocols, we have some students joining us virtually each class period. Those students really have to listen and figure out their parts without the help of others in the room; I have been pleased with their efforts so far.”
Senior choir student Valeska Moya ‘21 has been one of Becky Martin’s choir students since she was in seventh grade and considers Ms. Martin to be her favorite teacher at SBS. Valeska says, “Ms. Martin is the best choir director ever. She has helped me improve my singing so much over the years. She is dedicated to her job and her students; she is kind, easy to talk to and down right hilarious. Ms. Martin is definitely the person I will miss the most once I graduate. I absolutely love her and her class, and I cannot imagine having any other person direct the choir.”
When asked what keeps her going every day, Becky answers, “Spending time in prayer on my way to work and Second Cup!” According to our insider information, her drink of choice is the “Jamaican Me Crazy” -- Choir students, take note!
Please join us for the Fall Choir Concert in the Worship Center on Monday, October 26, where the SBS upper school choirs will be accompanied by the middle and upper school bands for a night of musical entertainment. Our student musicians have enjoyed collaborating together for an unforgettable finale performance of "Together," the recently released single by For King and Country. They are excited to share their musical talent to a social-distanced audience.