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"Metropolitan Music Ministries encourages students who want to have a ministry in church music and music therapy.  Each year scholarships are awarded to those who have a passion for ministering through music."
Church Music Scholarships Winners 2018

What is Metropolitan Music Ministries?      MMM is a Christian service organization of volunteers
                                                                        committed  to sharing  the gift  of music  in  the   
                                                                        community for the glory of God.               

What scholarships are offered?                   Please Click on Scholarship  for application form

*Dr. Martha Strawn Iley Church Music 
Scholarship in voice ($1500)                           

*Richard VanSciver Church Music              
 Scholarship in organ ($1500)                          

*Cheryl Iley Lindstrom Church Music
Scholarship in piano ($1500)

*A. Lee Royal Church Music 
Scholarship in brass ($1500)

Who may apply?                                             College students in NC and SC 
                                                                         GPA minimum: 3.0

Application fee:                                              $15.00 non-refundable

Application deadline:                                     February 28

Audition date:                                                 Saturday, March 30, 2019

Location:                                                         St. John's Baptist Church
                                                                         300 Hawthorne Ln
                                                                         Charlotte, NC  28204 

Award date:                                                    May 1, 2019

Where can I get an application?                  Your music department or at

Where do I send the application?                Metropolitan Music Ministries
                                                                        Scholarship Application
                                                                         6200 Maple Cove Lane
                                                                         Charlotte, NC 28269

Questions?                                                   Ginger Wyrick:
Cheryl Iley Linstrom
Church Music Scholarship in Piano
Madison Blake
Martha Strawn Iley
Church Music Scholarship in Voice
Diana Boicu
*Check our Newsletter - May 2018 edition for more information on our scholarship winners.
​Richard VanSciver
 Church Music Scholarship in Organ
Jenna Waters
2018 Church Music Scholarships Awarded

​Metropolitan Music Ministries continues its twenty-second year tradition of supporting deserving undergraduate or graduate students pursuing degrees or having and an interest in church music. The ministry sent scholarship applications to colleges in North and South Carolina. Consequently, eleven students completed for Church Music Scholarships on March 24th at St. John’s Baptist Church. Additionally, much appreciation goes to the scholarship committee members Debra Grosch, Lisa Honeycutt (co-chair), Carole Whittington, Ginger Wyrick (co-chair) who assisted with auditions.

The Cheryl Else Iley Lindstrom Church Music Scholarship in Piano was awarded to Madison Blake a senior at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a student of Dr. Joseph Di Piazza and daughter of Jon and Julie Blake of Fayetteville, NC. Madison currently serves as accompanist for Christ Covenant Church in Greensboro, NC and plans to attend graduate school in piano performance. Madison expresses a desire to “continue to use the gift of music in both worship and outside to glorify God and bring joy into the lives of others.” The MMM board extends its appreciation to new judges Dylan Savage and Elizabeth Harrison.

The Martha Strawn Iley Church Music Scholarship in Voice was awarded to Diana Boicu a senior at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, student of Dr. Carl Dupont and daughter of Ivan and Svetlana Chistol of Charlotte. Diana plays guitar and sings at the Romanian Baptist Church in Charlotte where she is a member. In his recommendation letter Dr. Dupont writes, “Out of all the students I have taught, Diana stands out as a talented musician and a dedicated student who still makes her faith a priority.” The MMM board thanks Jamie Stavenger and Emily Shusdock for serving as adjudicators for the voice auditions.

The Richard VanSciver Church Music Scholarship in Organ was awarded to Jenna Waters a sophomore at Lenior-Rhyne University, student of Dr. Larry Stratemeyer and daughter of Larry and Laura Waters of Hickory, NC. Jenna serves as organist for Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Hickory. Dr. Stratemeyer writes in his recommendation letter that, “Jenna enjoys practicing, and is eager to learn about the instrument, its literature, and its context in the music of the church.” The MMM judges were Dylan Savage and Elizabeth Harrison.
All the winners have been invited to participate in the Annual Celebration of Music in Worship Service on September 30, 2018. We look forward to having these talented and accomplished musicians join us in the fall.