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- Why Choose Merit
Individual lessons and group classes for students at any level.
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Bringing accessible, high-quality music education to Chicagoland communities.
- Selective Programs
- Chicago Musical Pathways
The highest level of achievement for Merit students in tuition-free, audition-based programs.
Who we are and what we believe in.
How Merit makes a difference.
Merit's supporters remove barriers to music education, ensuring access for Chicago's youth.
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Continued mentorship from world-class musicians and professors.
World-Class Youth Mentorship
Our Artists-in-Residence program connects Conservatory students with the mentorship of world-class musicians and professors through workshops, masterclasses, lectures, performances, and more.
These residencies go a step beyond by facilitating continued personal connection with inspiring artists.
Under expert guidance, students improve technical mastery, develop collaboration experience, and make connections on a whole new level.
Featured Merit Mentors
Music of the Baroque, Principal Guest Conductor
Members of Merit Philharmonic rehearse under the direction of Maestro Kraemer and showcase all they’ve learned through a collaborative performance with Music of the Baroque musicians.
Lyric Opera of Chicago, Music Director
Advanced Choir and Orchestra students have the chance to work with Maestro Mazzola through a series of workshops, visits, and rehearsals, all leading up to an open rehearsal for students and families.
Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Head of String Department
& Viola Professor
One of the world’s most acclaimed artist-teachers of viola, Slowik visits Conservatory every 3-4 weeks to work directly with Orchestra students of all experience levels.
Other guest artists who have hosted masterclasses and workshops for Merit students include: Marta Aznavoorian, Marquis Hill, Nathalie Joachim, Yo-Yo Ma, Anthony McGill, Demarre McGill, and many more.
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