Merit hosts a number of competitions for its students throughout the academic year.  The Barnett Chamber Music Competition is open to all chamber music groups including groups not part of the Merit School of Music.

Merit Young Musician Competition

March 27 – 31, 2017

The 12th Annual Merit Young Musician Competition is open to students in grade 9 or younger who are currently enrolled in Merit’s Instrumental & Vocal Music Program, Private Lessons, or Bridges: Partners in Music and are in the 2nd year of study and above or by teacher approval.  All instruments are welcome to participate in the Open Division and piano and string students have the option to compete in the Artistic Division.

Entry Details & Applications

Barnett Chamber Music Competition

Sunday, April 2, 2017

The 5th Annual A.N and Pearl G. Barnett Chamber Music Competition is open to chamber ensembles in 12th grade and younger with two divisions:

Strings and Piano
Winds, Brass, Percussion, and Voice


Complete Entry Form

Conservatory Concerto Competition

Friday, February 3, 2017

Open to Conservatory students only, deadline to apply is Saturday, January 21, 2017.  The Concerto Competition winner will perform as a featured soloist with at upcoming Merit Spring Concert and may perform at MeritFest.

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