Merit News

KGT Woodwind Trio takes first place in two national competitions in May

For the second year in a row, Merit’s KGT Woodwind Trio – Madeline Deanne (flute), Amer Hasan (clarinet) and Quincey Trojanowski (bassoon) – capped the year by taking first place in the nation’s largest chamber music competition, the annual Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition at Notre Dame University, winning the American Brass Quintet Wind Prize. … Continued

Merit’s Bone Rangers trombone quintet shakes, rattles and rolls to big wins

Merit’s award-winning trombone quartet, the Bone Rangers – featuring trombonists Omar Tlatelpa Nieto (grade 11, Lansing), Karl Kirkpatrick (grade 11, Mundelein) and Jonah Blake (grade 10, Chicago) and Michael Turner on bass trombone (grade 12, Chicago) – won several competitions in 2016-17. The quintet took first in the open division at the Midwest Young Artists … Continued

Merit piano prodigy Joshua Mhoon off to study at the New England Conservatory

Fourteen-year-old piano prodigy Joshua Mhoon is one of Merit’s most accomplished young students. During Mhoon’s five years at Merit’s Conservatory, he has studied with Lang Lang in Vienna, played live on WTTW-TV and WFMT-FM, been featured on ABC7’s Windy City Live as an “amazing Chicago kid,” played live at two Merit galas, and guest performed … Continued

Two Merit Students Selected for NYO USA

Steven Baloue (viola) and Amer Hasan (clarinet) have been selected to join the National Youth Orchestra of the USA, a touring group organized by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.  They will travel to New York City on July 1 to begin rehearsals with 116 talented teen musicians and receive instruction from a faculty of principal players … Continued

Jazz vocalist Kopano Muhammad is a 2017 National YoungArts Foundation Merit winner

This year, South Shore’s Kopano Muhammad, 18, a Merit vocal student and graduating senior from Whitney Young High School, was named a 2017 National YoungArts Foundation Merit winner in Jazz Voice. She is one 691 of the nation’s most promising young artists in the literary, visual, design and performing arts representing 40 states. YoungArts Winners … Continued

Keeping Music Alive: WCIU at Merit

Merit and its Artists-in-Residence, The Lincoln Trio, welcomed reporter Chris DeRose from WCIU’s “You and Me”  on Tuesday, March 29 to preview The Lincoln Trio’s upcoming concert at Merit Bridges site Gunsaulus Elementary.

Merit Alums Anthony & Demarre McGill featured on NBC News

Merit alums, Anthony McGill and Demarre McGill, were recently selected as members of’s Class of 2013.  With their selection they were featured in a NBC News story which saw them returning to Merit to lead a Master Class and meet with some of Merit’s current students.  They were both selected for their success in the … Continued