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Faculty & Staff

Auriel Jones

Chief of Staff


Northern Illinois University, BFA, Theater
Interlochen Engagement Ambassador - Chicago


Auriel supports the executive leadership team and Board of Trustees on details big and small to ensure success across the organization and is proud to be the resident “help desk” in the office. A theater artist by training, her favorite project every year is production managing the Annual Gala to showcase and celebrate Merit. Auriel attended Interlochen Arts Academy and Northern Illinois University.


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“Arts education transformed my life, and I am proud to make music education possible for youth in Chicago who need it most. Merit is special because we focus on supporting students throughout their musical journey to develop them as human beings and as artists.”