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November 2017

Instrumental & Vocal Music: No Classes

November 20 - November 24

There will be no Instrumental & Vocal Music classes this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  Private Lesson students should check with their teacher regarding their lessons for this week.

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Early Childhood: No Classes

November 20 - November 24

There will be no Early Childhood classes this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Merit Closed – Thanksgiving Break

November 23 - November 26

Merit School of Music will be closed today in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Conservatory: No Classes

November 25

There will be no Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory classes today due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Conservatory: Wind Symphony Rehearsal

November 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Tuesday night Wind Symphony rehearsals will be held in Gottlieb Hall.

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December 2017

Conservatory: Wind Symphony Rehearsal

December 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Tuesday night Wind Symphony rehearsals will be held in Gottlieb Hall.

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Early Childhood: Saturday Fall Classes Conclude

December 9

Early Childhood Saturday Fall Session classes conclude today.

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Early Childhood: Fall Classes Conclude

December 11 - December 15

Early Childhood Fall Session classes conclude this week.

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Storytime

December 11 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am

Children and parents/caregivers are welcome to gather at Merit School of Music for a musical storytime every month.  Merit’s highly qualified and engaging teaching artists look forward to meeting your little ones and sharing the fun and adventure of books and music!  Join us and bring a friend! Cost: FREE Ages: Open to students 2 years old and up.  Parent/Caregiver attendance required.  (Younger siblings may attend if needed) Registration: No pre-registration is required; families are welcome to drop-in.   Storytime is sponsored by…

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Conservatory: Wind Symphony Dress Rehearsal

December 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Wind Symphony will have a dress rehearsal in Gottlieb Hall in preparation for the Conservatory Winter Concerts.

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Conservatory: Symphonic Band Dress Rehearsal

December 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Symphonic Band will have a dress rehearsal in preparation for the Conservatory Winter Concerts.

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Conservatory: Merit Philharmonic Dress Rehearsal

December 14 @ 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm

Merit Philharmonic will have a dress rehearsal in preparation for the Conservatory Winter Concerts.

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Conservatory: Winter Band Concert

December 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Join us as the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory band students perform in their winter concert.  Performances are free and open to the public at Merit’s West Loop facility.

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Early Childhood: Winter Session Registration Deadline

December 16

Today is the final day to register for Early Childhood Winter Session classes.

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Conservatory: Winter Concert

December 16 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Join us as the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory students in Voice, Jazz, and Orchestra perform in their winter concert.  Performances are all day and free and open to the public at Merit’s West Loop facility.

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Merit Closed – Winter Break

December 23, 2017 - January 1, 2018

The Joy Faith Knapp Music Center will be closed from Saturday, December 23, 2017 – Monday, January 1, 2018 for Merit’s Winter Break.  There will be no classes or private lessons during this time.  Merit will re-open on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

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January 2018

Conservatory: No Classes

January 6, 2018

There will be no Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory classes today due to Merit’s Winter Break.

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Early Childhood: Music Masters 2 Resumes

January 6, 2018

Early Childhood's Music Masters 2 class resumes today.

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Early Childhood: Winter Session Classes Begin

January 8, 2018 - January 12, 2018

Early Childhood Winter Session classes begin this week.

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Instrumental & Vocal Music: Classes Resume

January 8, 2018

Instrumental & Vocal Music classes will resume today.

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Instrumental & Vocal Music: Semester 2 Registration Opens

January 8, 2018

Instrumental & Vocal Music semester 2 registration opens today.

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Early Childhood: Records Rule! Registration Opens

January 8, 2018

Registration for Early Childhood class Recorders Rule! opens today.

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Storytime

January 8, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am

Children and parents/caregivers are welcome to gather at Merit School of Music for a musical storytime every month.  Merit’s highly qualified and engaging teaching artists look forward to meeting your little ones and sharing the fun and adventure of books and music!  Join us and bring a friend! Cost: FREE Ages: Open to students 2 years old and up.  Parent/Caregiver attendance required.  (Younger siblings may attend if needed) Registration: No pre-registration is required; families are welcome to drop-in.   Storytime is sponsored by…

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Conservatory: Wind Symphony Rehearsal

January 9, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Tuesday night Wind Symphony rehearsals will be held in Gottlieb Hall.

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Conservatory: Classes Resume

January 13, 2018

Conservatory Classes will resume today after Merit’s Winter Break.

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Merit Closed – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 15, 2018

Merit School of Music will be closed today in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Conservatory: Wind Symphony Rehearsal

January 16, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Tuesday night Wind Symphony rehearsals will be held in Gottlieb Hall.

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Conservatory: Chamber Music Winter Concert

January 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us as the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory Chamber Music students perform in their winter concert.  All performances are free and held in Anne & Howard Gottlieb Hall.

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Conservatory: Solo Voice Winter Recital

January 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Opera & Musical Theater and Jazz Vocal students from the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory will showcase their talents in their winter recital that is free and open to the public.

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Conservatory: Wind Symphony Rehearsal

January 23, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Tuesday night Wind Symphony rehearsals will be held in Gottlieb Hall.

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Early Childhood: Recorders Rule! Registration Deadline

January 27, 2018

Today is the final day to register for the Early Childhood class Recorders Rule!

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Instrumental & Vocal Music: Semester 2 Registration Deadline

January 27, 2018

Today is the final day to register for Second Semester classes of Instrumental & Vocal Music.

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Early Childhood: Music Masters 2 Saturday Class Concludes

January 27, 2018

Early Childhood Saturday Music Masters 2 classes conclude today.

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Conservatory: Piano Duet Winter Concert

January 27, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Piano students from the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory will showcase their talents in this concert that is free and open to the public.

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Instrumental & Vocal Music: Band & Group Piano Winter Concert

January 30, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us as our Instrumental & Vocal Music Group Piano and Band students perform in their winter concerts.  Please check back for specific times closer to the event.  All performances are free and held in Anne & Howard Gottlieb Hall.

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Conservatory: Wind Symphony Rehearsal

January 30, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Tuesday night Wind Symphony rehearsals will be held in Foreman Hall.

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Early Childhood: Music Masters 2 Wednesday Class Concludes

January 31, 2018

Early Childhood Wednesday Music Masters 2 classes conclude today.

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Instrumental & Vocal Music: Choir & Group Piano Winter Concert

January 31, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us as our Instrumental & Vocal Music Group Piano and Choir students perform in their winter concerts.  Please check back for specific times closer to the event.  All performances are free and held in Anne & Howard Gottlieb Hall.

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February 2018

Instrumental & Vocal Music: Orchestra & Strings Winter Concert

February 1, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us as our Instrumental & Vocal Music Orchestra and String students perform in their winter concert.  Please check back for specific times closer to the event.  All performances are free and held in Anne & Howard Gottlieb Hall.

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Conservatory: Solo Competition

February 2, 2018

Competition for various scholarships to outstanding Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory students will be held on this date.   Please check back for more information.

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Conservatory: Wind Symphony Rehearsal

February 6, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Tuesday night Wind Symphony rehearsals will be held in Gottlieb Hall.

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Early Childhood: Recorders Rule! Classes Begin

February 7, 2018

Early Childhood Wednesday classes of Recorders Rule! begin today.

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Early Childhood: Recorders Rule! Classes Begin

February 10, 2018

Early Childhood Saturday classes of Recorders Rule! begin today.

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Storytime

February 12, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am

Children and parents/caregivers are welcome to gather at Merit School of Music for a musical storytime every month.  Merit’s highly qualified and engaging teaching artists look forward to meeting your little ones and sharing the fun and adventure of books and music!  Join us and bring a friend! Cost: FREE Ages: Open to students 2 years old and up.  Parent/Caregiver attendance required.  (Younger siblings may attend if needed) Registration: No pre-registration is required; families are welcome to drop-in.   Storytime is sponsored by…

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Conservatory: Wind Symphony Rehearsal

February 13, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Tuesday night Wind Symphony rehearsals will be held in Gottlieb Hall.

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Early Childhood: Spring Session Registration Opens

February 19, 2018

Open Registration for Spring Session of Early Childhood classes begins today.  New and returning families are welcome to register.

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Conservatory: Wind Symphony Dress Rehearsal

February 20, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Wind Symphony will have a dress rehearsal in Gottlieb Hall in preparation for Performathon.

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Conservatory: Symphonic Band Dress Rehearsal

February 21, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Symphonic Band will have a dress rehearsal in preparation for Performathon.

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Conservatory: Merit Philharmonic Dress Rehearsal

February 22, 2018 @ 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm

Merit Philharmonic will have a dress rehearsal in preparation for Performathon.

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Performathon

February 23, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Join us for our annual classic and jazz concert fundraiser known as “Performathon” which includes performances from our students in the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory.  Admission is free and open to the public.  To learn more about the event visit meritmusic.org/performathon.

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Early Childhood: No Classes

February 24, 2018

There will be no Saturday Early Childhood classes today due to Merit's Annual Performathon.

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Performathon

February 24, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Join us for our annual classic and jazz concert fundraiser known as “Performathon” which includes performances from our students in the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory.  Admission is free and open to the public.  To learn more about the event visit meritmusic.org/performathon.

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Conservatory: Wind Symphony Rehearsal

February 27, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Tuesday night Wind Symphony rehearsals will be held in Gottlieb Hall.

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March 2018

Conservatory: Wind Symphony Rehearsal

March 6, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Tuesday night Wind Symphony rehearsals will be held in Gottlieb Hall.

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Storytime

March 12, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am

Children and parents/caregivers are welcome to gather at Merit School of Music for a musical storytime every month.  Merit’s highly qualified and engaging teaching artists look forward to meeting your little ones and sharing the fun and adventure of books and music!  Join us and bring a friend! Cost: FREE Ages: Open to students 2 years old and up.  Parent/Caregiver attendance required.  (Younger siblings may attend if needed) Registration: No pre-registration is required; families are welcome to drop-in.   Storytime is sponsored by…

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Early Childhood: Winter Session Classes Conclude

March 13, 2018 - March 16, 2018

Early Childhood Winter Session classes conclude today.

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Conservatory: Wind Symphony Rehearsal

March 13, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Tuesday night Wind Symphony rehearsals will be held in Gottlieb Hall.

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Early Childhood: Spring Session Registration Deadline

March 17, 2018

Today is the final day to register for Early Childhood Spring Session classes.

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Conservatory: Solo Voice Competition

March 18, 2018

Merit’s 3rd Annual Conservatory Solo Voice Competition is open to all Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory voice students. Winners from each age division will receive a private lesson scholarship for the 2018 – 2019 school year. This competition is made possible with generous support from Caerus Foundation, Inc.   Please check back for more information.

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Early Childhood: Winter Session Classes Conclude

March 19, 2018

Monday Early Childhood Winter Session classes conclude today.

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Conservatory: Wind Symphony Rehearsal

March 20, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Tuesday night Wind Symphony rehearsals will be held in Gottlieb Hall.

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Early Childhood: Saturday Winter Session Classes Conclude

March 24, 2018

Saturday Early Childhood Winter Session classes conclude today.

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Conservatory: No Classes

March 31, 2018

There will be no Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory classes due to Merit’s Spring Break.

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Early Childhood: No Classes

March 31, 2018

There will be no Early Childhood classes due to Merit’s Spring Break.

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April 2018

Early Childhood: Spring Session Classes Begin

April 2, 2018 - April 7, 2018

Early Childhood Spring Session classes begin this week.

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Conservatory: Wind Symphony Rehearsal

April 3, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Tuesday night Wind Symphony rehearsals will be held in Gottlieb Hall.

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Conservatory: Classes Resume

April 7, 2018

Conservatory Classes will resume today after Merit’s Spring Break.

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6th Annual Barnett Chamber Music Competition

April 8, 2018

The 6th annual A.N and Pearl G. Barnett Chamber Music Competition will be held on Sunday, April 8, 2018, in Anne & Howard Gottlieb Hall at Merit School of Music in Chicago.   Please check back later for more details.

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Storytime

April 9, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am

Children and parents/caregivers are welcome to gather at Merit School of Music for a musical storytime every month.  Merit’s highly qualified and engaging teaching artists look forward to meeting your little ones and sharing the fun and adventure of books and music!  Join us and bring a friend! Cost: FREE Ages: Open to students 2 years old and up.  Parent/Caregiver attendance required.  (Younger siblings may attend if needed) Registration: No pre-registration is required; families are welcome to drop-in.   Storytime is sponsored by…

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Conservatory: Wind Symphony Rehearsal

April 10, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Tuesday night Wind Symphony rehearsals will be held in Gottlieb Hall.

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Conservatory: Wind Symphony Rehearsal

April 17, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Tuesday night Wind Symphony rehearsals will be held in Gottlieb Hall.

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Conservatory: Solo Voice Spring Recital

April 21, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Opera & Musical Theater and Jazz Vocal students from the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory will showcase their talents in their spring recital that is free and open to the public.

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Conservatory: Wind Symphony Dress Rehearsal

April 24, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Wind Symphony will have a dress rehearsal in Gottlieb Hall in preparation for the Conservatory Spring Concerts.

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Conservatory: Symphonic Band Dress Rehearsal

April 25, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Symphonic Band will have a dress rehearsal in preparation for the Conservatory Spring Concerts.

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Conservatory: Merit Philharmonic Dress Rehearsal

April 26, 2018 @ 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm

Merit Philharmonic will have a dress rehearsal in preparation for the Conservatory Spring Concerts.

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Conservatory: Spring Band Concert

April 27, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Join us as the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory band students perform in their spring concert.  Performances are free and open to the public at Merit’s West Loop facility.

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Conservatory: Spring Concert

April 28, 2018

Join us as the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory students in Voice, Jazz, and Orchestra perform in their spring concert.  Performances are all day and free and open to the public at Merit’s West Loop facility.

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Conservatory: Piano Duet Spring Recital

April 28, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Piano students from the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory will showcase their talents in this concert that is free and open to the public.

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Conservatory: Graduation

April 29, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us as we celebrate the graduation of the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory’s Class of 2018.

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May 2018

Conservatory: 2018-2019 Returning Student Auditions

May 5, 2018

Band, Orchestra, and Voice auditions for returning students for the 2018-2019 Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory will be held today.   Please check back for more information.

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MeritFest: String Concert

May 7, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Join us at Symphony Hall as our Merit Music in Communities students come together for the 27th annual MeritFest.  Performances on this day will be by students in String programs.

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Conservatory: 2018-2019 New Student Auditions

May 12, 2018

All new student auditions plus all (new and returning) jazz, piano, and guitar student auditions for the 2018-2019 Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory will be held today.   Please check back for more information.

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Storytime

May 14, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am

Children and parents/caregivers are welcome to gather at Merit School of Music for a musical storytime every month.  Merit’s highly qualified and engaging teaching artists look forward to meeting your little ones and sharing the fun and adventure of books and music!  Join us and bring a friend! Cost: FREE Ages: Open to students 2 years old and up.  Parent/Caregiver attendance required.  (Younger siblings may attend if needed) Registration: No pre-registration is required; families are welcome to drop-in.   Storytime is sponsored by…

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MeritFest: Band & Choir Concert

May 14, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Join us at Symphony Hall as our Merit Music in Communities students come together for the 27th annual MeritFest.  Performances on this day will be by students in Band and Choir programs.

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Instrumental & Vocal Music: Band & Group Piano Spring Concert

May 15, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us as our Instrumental & Vocal Music Group Piano and Band students perform in their spring concert.  All performances are free and held in Anne & Howard Gottlieb Hall. Please check back for specific times closer to the event. 

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Instrumental & Vocal Music: Choir & Group Piano Spring Concert

May 16, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us as our Instrumental & Vocal Music Group Piano and Choir students perform in their spring concert.  All performances are free and held in Anne & Howard Gottlieb Hall. Please check back for specific times closer to the event. 

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Instrumental & Vocal Music: Orchestra & Strings Spring Concert

May 17, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us as our Instrumental & Vocal Music Orchestra and String students perform in their spring concert.  All performances are free and held in Anne & Howard Gottlieb Hall. Please check back for specific times closer to the event. 

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Merit Closed – Memorial Day Holiday

May 28, 2018

Merit School of Music will be closed today in observance of Memorial Day.

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June 2018

Storytime

June 11, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am

Children and parents/caregivers are welcome to gather at Merit School of Music for a musical storytime every month.  Merit’s highly qualified and engaging teaching artists look forward to meeting your little ones and sharing the fun and adventure of books and music!  Join us and bring a friend! Cost: FREE Ages: Open to students 2 years old and up.  Parent/Caregiver attendance required.  (Younger siblings may attend if needed) Registration: No pre-registration is required; families are welcome to drop-in.   Storytime is sponsored by…

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