Press Releases

Duffie Adelson Featured in Crain’s Chicago Business

  Photo: Kyle Flubacker Get to know our long-time president, faculty member, board trustee, and lifelong music advocate Duffie Adelson in this Q&A with Crain’s Chicago Business. She touches on childhood, memorable Merit moments over the past 40 years, and why music is critical for young people. You can read the full article online here.

Merit School of Music Celebrated 40 Years at Its 2019 Gala

Honoring Merit Life Trustee and Former President Duffie A. Adelson, the music school raised over $1.2 million   Merit School of Music held their 40th Anniversary Gala on Wednesday, May 8 at the Four Seasons Chicago. Over 350 attendees were greeted by Merit’s spectacular, advanced Suzuki-Alegre Strings Ensemble, a diverse group of young violin players, who … Continued

Merit @ Wintercamp Music Festival

  Merit School of Music is thrilled to be the featured non-profit of Wintercamp Music Festival 2019. Wintercamp is an annual music festival held each winter in the legendary Logan Square Auditorium in Chicago. This year, the festival takes place February 15th – 16th. 10% of all ticket proceeds go back to Merit and our Conservatory … Continued

Newly-established Equity and Diversity Fellowship, Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative, Recipient of the Nation’s Largest and Most Ambitious “pathways” Mellon Foundation Grant to Date, Trumpets New Leader, Chicago Area Native & Education Veteran Adrienne Thompson

CMPI Steering Team – Merit School of Music, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, Chicago High School for the Arts, Chicago Sinfonietta, The Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, DePaul University School of Music, and Ravinia Festival – seek to discover and nurture promising young musicians from traditionally underrepresented communities   Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative … Continued

Seven Music Education Organizations Join Forces to Secure a $3.5 Million Grant From the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Establishing the Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative

  Merit School of Music, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, Chicago High School for the Arts, Chicago Sinfonietta, The Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, DePaul University School of Music and The Ravinia Festival seek to Discover and Nurture Promising Young Musicians from Traditionally Underrepresented Communities Together   An extraordinary $3.5 million grant over … Continued

MERIT SCHOOL OF MUSIC ANNUAL GALA RAISES MORE THAN $1.1 MILLION AS IT HONORS WORLD-RENOWNED CELLIST YO-YO MA AND PHILANTHROPIST HOWARD GOTTLIEB

  Merit School of Music, a nationally accredited music school helping young people of all backgrounds achieve their full potential in and through music, raised more than $1.1 million at its annual gala that honored world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Chicago-based philanthropist Howard Gottlieb. A member of Merit’s National Advisory Board for many years, Yo-Yo … Continued

Chamber Ensembles Reach M-PRIZE Semi-Finals!

  Earlier this month, five Merit chamber ensembles were named semi-finalists of the M-PRIZE international chamber arts competition at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre, & Dance. Four of the ensembles–Precipice Saxophone Quartet, Purple Hippopotami Flute Quartet, The Bone Rangers, and Visceral Brass Quintet–are participating in the Junior Winds division and competing for … Continued