Merit News

Merit’s Gala Set to Honor Yo-Yo Ma & Howard Gottlieb

Merit School of Music, a nationally accredited music school, will honor renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Chicago-based philanthropist Howard Gottlieb at its annual gala on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at the Ritz-Carlton (160 E Pearson). The evening will include a reception at 6:00 pm, followed by dinner and performances at 7:00 pm. Merit School of … Continued

Charity Navigator Names Merit a Top Ten Music Charity

    Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest independent charity evaluator and leading donor advocate, has named Merit School of Music one of the top ten music charities in the country! Listed alongside like-minded organizations Third Street Music School Settlement (New York), McPhail Center for Music (Minnesota), and Pasadena Conservatory of Music (California), Charity Navigator hailed Merit … Continued

Alumni Spotlight: Kamila Muhammad

MEET ALUMNA KAMILA MUHAMMAD   Year(s) Attended Merit: 2007 – 2012 Program(s): Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory (Class of 2012). Kamila received Merit’s 2012 Mary Herron Replogle College Scholarship. Instrument(s): Clarinet – primary instrument; Saxophone – secondary instrument Hometown: Chicago, Illinois Education: Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University (received full scholarship) Memorable Merit Moment: One … Continued

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