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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 2017

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)

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 24, 2018

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

Award date:                                                    May 1, 2018

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
Tiffanie Briggs
*Check our Newsletter - May 2017  edition for more information on our scholarship winners.
​Richard Van Sciver
 Church Music Scholarship in Organ
Baker Lawrimore
2017 Church Music Scholarships Awarded

2017 MMM Auditions—A Magnificent Event
On the outside, March 11, 2017 was a seasonal day with chilly winds and partial sun. But inside St. John’s Baptist Church, there was warmth, cheer and excitement, as 12 North and South Carolina college students competed for Church Music Scholarships. The church, resplendent with a Letourneau Opus 113 organ, provided a beautiful setting. (The ministry’s first Audition was held at St. John’s in 1996.) The Committee, having sent out 45 letters of information in January, was on hand to register applicants, assist throughout the day, and offer refreshments from a bountiful table. Much appreciation goes to Ginger Wyrick, chair, Lisa Honeycutt, co-chair, Diann Back and Carole Whittington who hosted the event.

The following colleges were represented in this year’s Audition: East Carolina University, Queens University of Charlotte, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of South Carolina, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Bennett College and Appalachian State University Congratulations to the winners, listed below.

THE CHERYL ELISE ILEY LINDSTROM CHURCH MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP IN PIANO was won by Madison Blake, student of Dr. Joseph Di Piazza, UNC-Greensboro, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jon Blake of Fayetteville, NC. Madison enthusiastically shares her music with others during her yearly mission trips to Honduras. Madison described her experience stating that, “Music is an international language that can break cultural barriers, and even though I can speak Spanish, having the ability to connect with the people of another country through music would enable me to relate with them on an even deeper level.” The judges were Dr. Ron Ellis and Monty Bennett.

THE RICHARD VANSCIVER CHURCH MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP IN ORGAN was won by Baker Lawrimore, student of Dr. Andre Lash, UNC-Greensboro, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Lawrimore of Asheville, NC. Baker currently holds the position of music intern at First Baptist Church in Greensboro, NC and formerly served as a summer music intern for First Baptist Church in Asheville, NC. Baker observes that, “I have learned that a good theologian makes for a well-rounded music minister.” The MMM judges were Dr. Ron Ellis and Monty Bennett.

THE MARTHA STRAWN ILEY CHURCH MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP IN VOICE was won by Tiffanie Briggs, student of Dr. Carol Dupont, UNC-Charlotte, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Briggs of Charlotte, NC. Tiffanie has served on the Bethel Outreach International Church Praise and Worship team since the age of thirteen. Bishop Larry Jackson writes,  “I personally invited her to the team because I saw she had a heart toward God and her singing ability met the challenge.” MMM judges were Wendy Wiseman and Lee Lanier.

THE JOSHUA DAVID MCLEAN SCHOLARSHIP IN MUSIC THERAPY was won by Madeline Smith, student of Dr. Becky Engen, Queens University, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Smith of Granite Falls, NC. Madeline writes in her essay, …” I realize it is my goal as a future music therapist to serve as an authentic listening ear, to offer music as a means of expression, comfort, pleasure, and to empower individuals and their abilities through music.” The MMM judges were Carol Clem and Debbi Grosch.

All of the winners have been invited to participate in our Annual Service on September 24. We look forward to having these talented and accomplished musicians with us in the fall.

Joshua David McLean
Music Therapy Scholarship
Madeline Smith