In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the CDC’s current recommendations, Merit School of Music has closed the Joy Faith Knapp Music Center and suspended all in-person activities until further notice. Virtual options are now available for private lessons, Early Childhood classes, and small group classes. We thank you for your understanding and continued support during this unprecedented situation.

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Faculty & Staff


President's Office

President & Executive Director
Executive Assistant


Dean & Vice President for Educational Affairs
Associate Dean & Piano Program Director
Strings & Orchestra Program Director; Faculty: Violin
Band Program Manager
Voice & Guitar Program Director
Director of Chamber Music; Ensemble Director: Merit Brass Ensemble & Merit Trombone Choir; Faculty: Trombone & Jazz Trombone
Band Program Director
Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative Project Director
Piano Program Manager; Ensemble Director: Conservatory, Concert, & Children's Choirs, Mixed Chorus; Faculty: Private Voice
Jazz Studies Program Manager; Faculty: Theory
Private Lesson Coordinator
Program Coordinator

Student Services

Director of Student Services
Student Data & Registration Manager
Student Accounts Associate

Development & Marketing

Vice President for Development and Marketing
Director of Marketing & Communications
Director of Partnerships & Engagement
Institutional Gifts Manager
Individual Giving Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
Donor Database Coordinator

Finance & Administration

Vice President for Finance & Administration
Director of Finance
Assistant Director of Human Resources
Senior Accountant

Facilities & Technology

Facilities Manager
Rentals & Operations Manager