Welcome to our ministry team Irem Özay. Yesterday Derrick Arellano, our Associate Pastor for Music and Worship, announced that Irem has joined our church ministry team as our Church Pianist. As a part of the hire process Derrick worked with a search committee that included Darrel Vuncannon, Chair of the Music and Worship Committee; Dona Woodard, from the Personnel Committee; Marilyn Ferguson, our Church Organist; and his wife, Brooke Arellano, a long time music educator and a part of the worship team. Together they brought a unanimous recommendation to the Personnel Committee. Then per our By-laws, the Personnel Committee then hired Irem with its own unanimous action.
Irem graduated magna cum laude from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Music degree with a concentration in Music Therapy. She followed up with a Master of Music degree from ECU with a concentration in Piano Performance and Pedagogy. Irem brings strong experience both in congregational music and individual piano student instruction. In addition she has served as Musician in Residence, Music Director and Pianist/Organist for the Lutheran Church of the Nativity in Asheville, NC and was a Graduate Assistance and Tutor during her time at ECU. She is a great gift to our worship. Welcome!