Faculty & Staff

Melanie Lunardi

Voice & Guitar Program Director


Northwestern University, MS, Leadership for Creative Enterprises
DePaul University, BM, Voice Performance


Born and raised in Oklahoma, I moved to Chicago in 2009 to pursue my Vocal Performance Degree at DePaul University, which I completed in 2013. I joined the Merit team as a part-time Program Coordinator shortly after graduation, and I’ve been here ever since! I then returned to the world of higher education a few years ago and completed my Graduate studies at Northwestern University in 2019 (Master of Science in Leadership for Creative Enterprises).



I love alt-rock/soul singer-songwriters (Grace Potter, Andrew McMahon, Devon Gilfillian, and Amos Lee – just to name a few). As a singer, great lyrics are where it’s at!


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