Choral Scholars Program

A Choral/Conducting Scholar is a student who receives a scholarship for participating in a church music ministry. The program is designed to encourage young people to be involved with an accomplished Church Music Ministry, and thereby foster their growth into a lifetime of service in Church Music either as vocation or avocation. The students must be actively enrolled in a degree program at an area college or university. Scholars become full participating members of the Chancel Choir, and are encouraged to be active in the ministry of the church, enjoying a “home away from home.”  The scholars program was founded in September 2016 through a one-time grant from Binkley’s Program Enhancement Fund and through a significant gift in Spring 2017 from Julie Lentz in memory of her mother and father, Eleanor Lentz and The Rev’d Dr. Harold Lentz. In addition, memorial gifts, designated, and sustaining gifts continue to make this ministry viable. To learn more about our Choral Scholars program and why it is important to Binkley Church, contact Daniel Cherrix at We are pleased to welcome the following Scholars for the 2017-2018 Program Year:


Anne Sutton is a senior at UNC-CH majoring in Voice Performance and Geography. Hailing from Burlington, Vermont, she has been involved with church choirs for most of her life. A member since second grade, she eventually became head chorister and then choral scholar at St. Paul’s Cathedral in VT, and also participated in the St. Thomas Choir School Summer Girls Chorister course for 6 years in NYC. She now sings with the Carolina Choir at UNC. Anne is thrilled to be returning to Binkley for her second year as a Choral Scholar.



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Amanda 'Mandy' McAllister  is a freshman at UNC from Saint Petersburg, FL. She previously sang with the First Baptist Church of St. Petersburg, Foster Reach for Pinellas County, and four high school choirs. In 2015, Amanda studied at Brevard Music Center for six weeks with Dr. Joseph Evans, and currently studies with Dr. Jeanne Fischer.



Kennedy Crawford, mezzo-soprano, is a senior at UNC-CH planning to graduate in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a minor in Dramaturgy.  Kennedy has actively performed as a member of UNC Opera and has been a member of Carolina Choir for six semesters at UNC. She has studied choral conducting under Professor Klebanow. Most recently, Kennedy completed an internship with Carolina Meadows Continuing Care Retirement Community as their Summer 2017 Music & Memory intern. Kennedy is looking forward to her time at Binkley Baptist Church as the 2017-2018 Conducting Scholar and is excited to continue her choral conducting studies with guidance from Daniel Cherrix and her new church family.



Ryan Rowe, tenor, is a senior at UNC-CH where he studies vocal performance and sings in the Carolina Choir. Ryan spent the greater part of the last year studying abroad in England and Russia. In fact, Ryan had not been back in the US even 48 hours before his first Chancel Choir rehearsal at Binkley!




Luke Boehm is a Senior at UNC-Chapel Hill. He studies Vocal Performance and Economics with a minor in military science. Upon graduation, he will commission into the U.S. Army as a 2LT in the Infantry, and be stationed in Fort Benning, GA. He’s been singing since middle school, and is honored to a part of the choir at Binkley.







Lexi Batchelor is a junior at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, majoring in psychology, and music with a concentration in vocal performance. Her main area of musical study is opera and classical music; however, she also enjoys singing musical theatre pieces (and karaoke!) She has been studying music since she was young, starting with taking piano lessons through elementary school and playing the flute in middle school band, before switching to voice lessons in 8th grade and joining numerous choirs. She plans to continue to pursue performance after undergrad while going to graduate school for clinical psychology. She is from Raleigh, NC, and was actually raised an NC State fan before finding her home at UNC for undergrad. She loves church music and is so excited to be a part of the Binkley Baptist community!