Performathon is a two-day musical and fundraising extravaganza featuring the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory. In 2018, the event was held on Friday, February 23 and Saturday, February 24 and drew hundreds of music lovers, family members, and friends to Merit’s halls to hear amazing music performed by Merit’s most advanced students.

Performathon is the Merit Parent Association’s biggest fundraiser, and in 2018 it raised over $30,000 in support of Merit’s scholarship and financial aid fund — making high-quality music education accessible to thousands of children across Chicago.


Photos from Performathon 2018

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Thank you to our sponsors:


Jennifer and Reginaldo Montague, PE


Andrius and Marie Strimaitis



Karin and Daniel Appelbaum

Tim Calkins and Carol Saltoun

COTG – A XEROX Company

Erwin Law, LLC

FASTSIGNS — Lincolnwood

Italian Village Restuarants

Dr. Fowzia J. Khan and Andreas Glaeser

Noah and Lisa Tu

Friend of Performathon

Carlos R. Cardenas

Lake Street Lofts c/o Marc Koronkiewicz


Thank you to our raffle donors:

  • Binny’s Beverage Depot
  • Bittersweet
  • Brooklyn Boulders – Chicago
  • Cambridge Audio
  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Chicago Bears
  • Coop Gym
  • Corner Bakery Café
  • The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust
  • Frame Warehouse
  • Intuit
  • Kinslahger Brewing Company
  • Mathnasium of Chicago – West Loop
  • Kim Mattes and Manny Mercado
  • Orangetheory Fitness
  • Pinot’s Palette West Loop
  • Plum Grove Music
  • Potbelly Sandwich Shop
  • Reverb Foundation
  • Josh Sultan, Merit Associate Board
  • Todd Rosenberg Photography
  • Viaggio
  • Karen and Paul Witt
  • Yatra




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