2021 Music Scholarship Winners
Andrew John Lyon: 2021 Cheryl Iley Lindstrom Church Music Scholarship in Piano
Born and raised in Central North Carolina, A.J. Lyon is a Filipino-American pianist, organist, and composer. He is currently a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, studying both Music Composition and Piano Performance.
A.J. began accompanying the Masses at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Asheboro at the age of nine, playing there for eight years. He now serves as one of the organists at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Greensboro, as well as a choir member and cantor. Church music has been a large part of his life and is a driving force in his love of music.
Andrew Jacob: 2021 Richard VanSciver Church Music Scholarship in Organ
Andrew Jacob’s greatest joy as a musician comes when he is at the organ console leading a worshiping congregation in singing their praise to God. Andy was the winner of the 2019 Ruth and Paul Manz Scholarship Competition administered by the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He currently serves as the Director of Traditional Worship at Rehobeth UMC in Greensboro, NC where he is the organist and choir director. Andy holds a BA degree in music from St. Olaf College and is currently pursuing a MM degree in organ performance at UNC School of the Arts.
Makayla Belcher: 2021 Martha Strawn Iley Church Music Scholarship in Voice
Makayla Belcher is a junior choral music education major at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her passion lies in serving God and her community through music. Church music has played an important role in her life for many years and she currently serves as the soprano choral scholar at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Charlotte, NC. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, Makayla hopes to pursue a graduate degree in music while also continuing to use her talents to serve the Lord in music ministry.
Nicholas Paredes: 2021 MMM Scholarship in Music Therapy
Nicholas Paredes is a sophomore music therapy student at Appalachian State University. Nick is currently in his first semester of practicum, a fantastic opportunity to work with clients in the real world to begin refining his clinical skills. He is working with first graders with intellectual and developmental disabilities on a weekly basis, providing sessions with a partner to support their academic success and growth. After he graduates, he wants to work with people in hospice and palliative care to provide comfort, be a catalyst for spirituality, and provide support for them and their loved ones.