Music Scholars

The Music Scholars program allows scholar musicians an opportunity to hone their musical skills in the context of a vital and vigorous music ministry representing a wide variety of musical styles and worship experiences. The key part of the scholar ministry is the relationships and camaraderie fostered; therefore relationships with other music ministry participants are vital. Students apply to participate in the Chancel Choir of the church or its contemporary music ensemble, the Prophets of Praise. Student scholars should expect to be integral parts of the music ensembles of which they are part.The Music Scholar program began in 2008 with funding from an endowment fund of BMPCNC. In 2009 funding switched to the general operating budget. Initially grants were for $500 each semester; very quickly we realized that a more realistic amount would be $1000, which is the amount currently offered. We also dropped the number of scholarships available from 6 to 2 per semester.Scholarship materials are sent to the music department chairs and vocal studies instructors at these area schools: Montreat College, Warren-Wilson College, UNC-A, Brevard College and Mars Hill College.The Music Scholar Ministry has several benefits for both student and our church:

♦ Fosters good relations with local institutions of higher learning
♦ Adds depth to the volunteer personnel participating in our music ensembles
♦ Assists students in a very tangible way
♦ Allows students to hone musical skills in the context of a vital and vigorous music ministry
♦ Fosters inter-generational relationships
♦ Helps the church maintain its standards of high quality music presentation for worship and special events

Music Scholar Application

Previous Scholarship Recipients

Spring 2017
Justin Lance (choir)
David Joseph (choir, Montreat)

Fall 2016
Justin Lance (choir)

Spring 2016
Brooke Alexander (choir)
Justin Lance (choir)
Trenton Durham (Prophets)

Fall 2015
Brooke Alexander (choir)
Justin Lance (choir)
Trenton Durham
(Prophets, Montreat)

Spring 2015
Brooke Alexander (choir)
Justin Lance (choir)

Fall 2014
Brooke Alexander (choir)
Justin Lance (choir)

Spring 2014
Brooke Alexander (choir)
Justin Lance (choir)

Fall 2013
Brooke Alexander (choir)
Justin Lance (choir)

Spring 2013
Brooke Alexander
(choir, Montreat)
Juliana Steccone, Montreat
(handbells and 
children’s music)

Fall 2012
Brooke Alexander (choir, Montreat)
Sierra Stallings (choir, Montreat)
Juliana Steccone, Montreat
(handbells and children’s music)

Fall 2011
Nathan Adams (choir, Montreat)
Imari Jade Scarbrough
(Prophets, Montreat)

Spring 2010
Joshua Manual
(choir, Montreat)

Spring 2009
Joseph Allen (choir, Montreat)
Stephanie Sabin (choir, Montreat)

Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring
2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010,
Fall 2010, Spring 2011
Emily Wasser (choir, Montreat)