Merit News

Merit Students Place in Music Competitions Over the Long Weekend

    Presidents’ Day weekend was full of achievements by Merit students. On Sunday, February 18th, Merit’s very own Purple Hippopotami flute quartet and Nova Piano Trio competed at the 2018 Discover Chamber Music Competition. Purple Hippopotami flute quartet won the open division and Nova Piano Trio took an honorable mention. Both of these groups … Continued

Newest Merit Music in Communities Site in South Shore

Merit School of Music has partnered with Chicago Youth Centers (CYC) to open one of our newest Merit Music in Communities sites at CYC’s Crown Center in South Shore. The students at Crown Center are participating in the new music program and are all beginners in violin. We are excited to have been able to … Continued

Alumni Spotlight: Pamela A. Meadows

Meet Alumna PAMELA A. MEADOWS Year(s) Attended Merit: 1980 – 1988 Program(s): Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory (Class of 1988) Instrument(s): Violin Hometown: Chicago, Illinois Education: BA from Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA; M.Ed. from University of Illinois at Chicago Current profession: Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator at University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago Campus Favorite … Continued

Merit Named “Featured Charity” at Kuma’s Corner through March 31

Support Merit at Kuma’s Corner!   Now through March 31, Merit School of Music is the featured charity of Chicago’s favorite burger joint, Kuma’s Corner. In addition to donating a portion of proceeds of select menu items back to Merit, Kuma’s West Loop is hosting a special Merit School of Music fundraiser on March 15 featuring prizes, … Continued

Conservatory Pianist Joshua Mhoon Performs on Windy City Live

    Joshua Mhoon, a fourteen year old piano prodigy and Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory student, made an appearance on ABC7’s Windy City Live this month to perform and share about the power of a Merit music education. Like all Tuition-free Conservatory students, Joshua studies theory, composition and performance during his Saturdays at Merit, … Continued

Alumni Spotlight: Noah Meites

Meet AlumnUS NOAH MEITES Year(s) Attended Merit: 1994 – 2001 Program(s): Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory Instrument(s): Trumpet Hometown: Chicago, Illinois Education (most recent): Royal Conservatory of the Hague, the Hague, the Netherlands, Postdoctoral Study (Music Composition), 2013; University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, Doctor of Musical Arts (Music Composition), 2012 Current Profession: Musician, composer, performer, … Continued

Merit Gets Its JuJu On

Thank you to everyone who joined us at City Winery for The JuJu Exchange Benefit Concert for Merit School of Music on Giving Tuesday (November 28, 2017).  What an amazing evening and performance!  It was a pleasure to welcome the 300 attendees and give them the opportunity to hear and enjoy our amazingly talented Merit alums – trumpeter Nico … Continued

In South Shore, students’ free violin lessons hit all the right notes

In South Shore, students’ free violin lessons hit all the right notes CHICAGO 11/25/2017, 05:00pm Aaliyah Ries, 8, (right) watches as Ahria Maldonado, places the fingers of the violin instructor, Elisabeth Johnson, in the proper position. The students are preparing for a December showcase. | Leslie Adkins/For the Sun-Times When Breanna Bunch, 8, started school at … Continued

Nico Segal’s JuJu Exchange has a new story to tell

Nico Segal’s JuJu Exchange has a new story to tell Julian Reid, Everett Reid, Lane Beckstrom and Nico Segal form the JuJu Exchange. (Rene Marban) Greg KotContact ReporterChicago Tribune Nico Segal has stories to tell, and he’s determined to share them without saying a word. Segal is perhaps best known as Chance the Rapper’s longtime … Continued