2022 Music Scholarship Winners
Megan Blood: 2022 Cheryl Iley Lindstrom Church Music Scholarship in Piano
Megan Blood is a pianist, pedagogue, and teacher of all ages. Her goal in teaching is to create lifelong musicians and independent learners who can adapt to many different musical experiences, and to serve God through joyful music making. Megan earned a Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance and Masters of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Idaho. She performed throughout the Pacific Northwest with the Vandaleers Concert Choir and as a soloist of works such as Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Scriabin’s Black Mass Sonata. While in Idaho she served at First Presbyterian Church of Moscow for several years, playing piano and organ, and singing with the worship band and choir. Megan is currently a DMA Candidate in Piano Pedagogy at the University of South Carolina, where she teaches group piano and accompanies opera and solo vocal students.
Alyson Smith: 2022 Cheryl Iley Lindstrom Church Music Scholarship in Piano
Beginning at eight years old, attending piano lessons on Monday afternoons became the norm. Some weeks were better than others in terms of my practice, but each week I grew more and more. It never crossed my mind that music would become an integral part of my life. Since then, recitals, festivals, and 12 fun filled years have passed. Presently, I am a piano teacher with 17 students studying music performance and finance at UNCC with a dream of starting a piano school. This has been a surprising journey filled with unexpected opportunities from God whom I am greatly blessed by.
Shelby Moss: 2022 Martha Strawn Iley Church Music Scholarship in Voice
Shelby is a junior Music Education Major at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Shelby has a strong connection with music ministry, beginning with her involvement in church music as a child. Her time participating with music ministry has been a strong force in shaping her love for music and her decision to become a music educator. She currently serves as a McCormick Music Intern at First Baptist Church in Greensboro, where she sings in the Sanctuary Choir and works with the Children's Music ensembles. She is excited to share her passion for music and faith through music ministry for years to come.