Faculty & Staff

Erin Darge

Marketing Specialist


B.S. in Apparel Design, Illinois State University


A self-taught, lover of all things digital design related, Erin joined Merit in January 2021. She has previously worked in franchise marketing, family-owned businesses, and non-profits in various marketing roles. At Merit, Erin works closely with other members of the Marketing and Development teams to amplify recruitment and public presence, both in the community and online. When she’s not clicking away behind-the-scenes, you’ll most likely find her watching a Kdrama, making something out of clay, or dancing along to Encanto with her daughter (Lu), two orange cats (Huey and Diego), and blue betta fish (Kiwi).


Caetano Veloso’s album, Livro, and Kwak Jin Eon’s album, Go With Me.

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“Beyond the psychological benefits of music education, which are scientifically proven to be abundant, music education creates a physical and emotional space for people of all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, and walks of life to come together in a beautiful and uplifting way. We learn not just about music itself but how to foster and share the joy of music within communities.”