35th Annual Performathon

Join us for the 35th Annual Performathon on February 24 & 25, 2017 when approximately 350 students from the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory will give more than 100 back-to-back performances 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 concerts and enjoy an international food fair!

Click here to view the Performathon 2017 Schedule


Enter to win one of these fabulous prizes…

Martin D-18 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar from Chicago Music Exchange
(Retail Value $2500)
The ALL NEW Prime Alloy Track Bike + accessories and two years’ maintenance from Big City Bikes
(Retail Value $500)
$75 Gift Certificate to Wishbone Restaurant

Raffle Ticket Prices:

1 Raffle Ticket = $10
3 Raffle Tickets = $25
6 Raffle Tickets = $50
15 Raffle Tickets = $100
Purchase Performathon Raffle Tickets here

What is Performathon?

Performathon 2017 is a two-day musical and fundraising extravaganza featuring the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory. The event will take place on Friday, February 24, 2017 and Saturday, February 25, 2017 and will draw hundreds of music lovers, family members and friends to Merit’s halls to hear amazing music performed by Merit’s most advanced students.

All Performathon proceeds support Merit’s scholarship and financial fund — making high quality music education accessible to thousands of children across Chicago.

Performathon is also the Merit Parent Association’s largest fundraiser and will feature an ethnic food fair, raffle, and more!

Admission is FREE!

All concerts are held in the West Loop at Merit School of Music’s Joy Faith Knapp Music Center.


Interested in supporting the 35th Annual Performathon?  A variety of sponsorship packages are available.  To view the Performathon Sponsorship opportunities click here.


Jacob Gehl, Development Operations Specialist
Phone: 312.267.4480
Fax: 312.267.4489

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