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Khelsey Zarraga

Executive and Board Relations Assistant


Indiana University - MM in Violin Performance
Indiana University - BM in Violin Performance


Khelsey Zarraga is excited and proud to serve as the Executive and Board Relations Assistant at Merit. Recently the violinist and Director of Operations of Fifth House Ensemble, she brings a passion for community-focused engagement and the amplification of marginalized voices into all facets of her work.

As a violinist, Khelsey enjoys performing a wide variety of genres, including concerts of gospel, hip-hop, and jazz in venues such as the United Center, Auditorium Theater, Chicago Theater, and Harris Theater.

As an educator, Khelsey has worked with a wide variety of students, from elementary to the university level. She has been in residence and led masterclasses at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Southeast Missouri State University, and Denison University.

In her spare time, she loves perfecting croissant and chocolate chip cookie recipes and traveling to new places.


This is so hard! I love Anderson Paak., Tom Misch, Mac Ayres, and Fiji Blue. Ella Fitzgerald will always have a special place in my heart.

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