Special Events


Saturday, June 3, 2017

Stringtacular is a collaboration of string students from Merit’s programs in the Pilsen and Little Village communities as well as members of the Conservatory’s Suzuki-Alegre Strings program.  This annual concert features approximately 300 string students ranging from 1st grade through high school.  Merit’s Suzuki-Alegre Strings program began in the Pilsen community in 1998 and is recognized for its uniqueness in the way it incorporates the traditional Suzuki method with Latin folk music repertoire.  Stringtacular is free of charge and open to the public.

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Gala 2017

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Learn more about Merit’s successful Gala 2017 that raised nearly $1 million.

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Friday, February 24, 2017
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Performathon is a marathon of performances featuring the accomplished students from Merit’s Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory.  Approximately 350 students will be featured in over 100 back-to-back concerts representing an eclectic mix of classical, jazz, chamber, and vocal ensembles.  The public is invited to join us for any or all of these free performances and enjoy an international food fair as well!

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Merit In Music

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Patron Dinner – 5:30 pm
Screening – 7:30 pm

Music Box Theatre
3733 N. Southport, Chicago

Merit School of Music will partner with the Chicago Media Project to host the Opening Night of the DOC10 Film Festival as a benefit for Merit. Merit in Music will feature the Chicago premiere screening of a music-themed documentary selected from the many great documentaries being submitted to internationally renowned film festivals such as Sundance or Tribeca.

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