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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 2016

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 ($600)

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
Madison Blake
Martha Strawn Iley
Church Music Scholarship in Voice
Baker Lawrimore
*Check our Newsletter - May 2016   edition for more information on our scholarship winners.
​Richard VanSciver
 Church Music Scholarship in Organ
Mengfei  Xu
2016 Church Music Scholarships Awarded

Metropolitan Music Ministries continues its twenty-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 
April 2, 2016, 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 Iley Lindstrom Church music Scholarship in Piano was awarded to Madison Blake for $1500.  She is a student of Dr. Joseph Di Piazza of UNC-Greensboro and the daughter of Jon and Julie Blake of Fayetteville, NC. Madison is a junior at UNC-G, a Minerva Scholar and First Place winner of the 2014 Thirty-sixth and 2015 Thirty- Seventh Annual Sharyn Edwards Piano Competitions. Madison also serves as the accompanist for Cross Creek Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville. In her essay Madison writes, “My plan is that whatever I end up doing in life, I will always use the gift of music to glorify God and bless other people.….”play skillfully with a loud noise!’…Psalm 33:33.  

The Martha Strawn Iley Church Music Scholarship in Voice was awarded to Baker Lawrimore for $1500. He is a student of Dr. Robert Wells of UNG-Greensboro and son of Jay and Aileen Lawrimore of Asheville. Baker holds a junior academic standing and is a UNCG Cooper Music Scholar. He placed second in NC NATS competitions two consecutive years and has sung with the Greensboro Light Opera and Song. Baker currently serves as a music intern at First Baptist Church of Greensboro where he has gained experience in service playing, choral conducting and vocal music leadership. Associate Pastor of Music and Worship Doug Vancil comments, “He (Baker) is genuinely interested in a challenge and is self-disciplined in personal practice and study…..I am honored to have such a talented and capable student in our ministry…”

The Richard VanSciver Church Music Scholarship in Organ was awarded to Mengfei Xu for $1500.  She is a student of Dr. Andre Lash of UNC-Greensboro and the daughter of Libo Xu. Mengfei pursues a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance with a cognate in organ. Originally from Dalian, China Mengfei earned a BA degree at Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Canton, China. After moving to the US, Mengfei worked as assistant organist at First Presbyterian Church Ithaca while pursuing her master’s degree in piano performance at Ithaca College in New York. Mengfei currently serves as organist at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Greensboro. Mengfei writes, “I enjoy working as a church musician very much, and will continue to strive to provide excellent service ministry, expand my knowledge of organ literature, and enrich worship experience.”

The Cecily Evelyn Forde Scholarship in Music Therapy was awarded to Amy Mercier that carries a $600 award. Amy is the daughter of Armand and Diane Mercier and a student of Katurah Christenbury of Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance (voice) from High Point University and is pursuing a Combined Equivalency/Master of Music Therapy degree at ASU. Amy writes in her essay, “I believe in the power of music to heal and change lives as I have witnessed the emotional strength of music as both the musician and the audience.” We wish Amy all the best as she continues her studies. 

All the recipients have been invited to participate in the Annual Celebration of Music in Worship Service on     September 25, 2016, at Providence Baptist Church.
Cecily Evelyn Ford
Music Therapy Scholarship
Amy Mercier