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"Metropolitan Music Ministries encourages students who want to have a ministry in church music.  Each year scholarships are awarded to those who have a passion for ministering through music."
Church Music Scholarships Winners 2015

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 for aplication 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)

*Cecily Evelyn Forde
Music Therapy Scholarship ($500)

Who may apply?                                             College students in NC and SC whose 
                                                                          permanent residence is in NC or SC

                                                                         GPA minimum: 3.0

Application fee:                                              $15.00 non-refundable

Application deadline:                                     February 28

Audition date:                                                 Saturday,  April 2, 2016

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

Award date:                                                    May 1

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

Where do I send the application?               Ginger Wyrick
                                                                        MMM Scholarship Application
                                                                        6200 Maple Cove Lane
                                                                        Charlotte, NC 28269

Questions?                                                   Ginger Wyrick:
Cheryl Iley Linstrom
Church Music Scholarship in Piano
Jenna Ferrazzo
Martha Strawn Iley
Church Music Scholarship in Voice
Valencia Callens
*Check our Newsletter - May 2015 edition for more information on our scholarship winners.

2015 Church Music Scholarships Awarded

Metropolitan Music Ministries continues its nineteen-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, students completed for Church Music Scholarships on March 21st at St. John’s Baptist church. Additionally, much appreciation goes to the scholarship committee members Nancy Armstrong, Diann Back, 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 Jenna Ferrazzo a sophomore at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a student of Dr. Dylan Savage and daughter of Laura Ferrazzo of Weddington, NC. Jenna delights in sharing her musical gifts with church congregations, choirs and nursing home residents. She also accompanies events such as weddings, memorial services and holiday pageants. She currently serves as accompanist for Prosperity Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC and Matthews Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Matthews, NC. The MMM judges were Dr. Peter Leo and Andrew Pester.

The Martha Strawn Iley Church Music Scholarship in Voice was awarded to Valencia Callens a graduate student at the University of South Carolina, student of Janet Hopkins and daughter of James and Barbara Callens of, Columbia, SC. Valencia is a member of Columbia Church of Christ in Columbia, SC and volunteers with their worship team. Valencia writes in her essay, “…I am a part of its worship team not as a paid musician, but as a disciple who loves God…” The MMM judges were Dr. Leo and Mr. Pester.

All the winners have been invited to participate in the Annual Celebration of Music in Worship Service on September 27, 2015. We look forward to having these talented and accomplished musicians.