Merit School of Music

Amy Riske

Director of Development Operations


Bowling Green State University
M.M., Composition

Albion College
B.A., Music Composition with an Emphasis in Perceptional Psychology


After moving to Chicago in 2008, Amy Riske began working at Merit in the fall of 2009 as the On-Site Program Assistant. Since that time, she has held positions in the early childhood, general music, piano, and voice/choir departments and Associate Dean and Piano Program Director. Amy grew up in rural Michigan where she learned to the trumpet, tuba, and piano and continued on to earn her bachelor and master degrees in music composition.

Favorite Song:

“View from the Mountaintop” by Timothy Mahr

When I played this piece in my undergrad band everything seemed to click into place for me and I saw, for the first time, who I wanted to be as a composer one day.

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