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Meredith Barber

Vice President for Development & Marketing


Northwestern University, MM
Northwestern University, BM


As Vice President for Development & Marketing, Meredith oversees all fundraising and marketing efforts in support of Merit’s mission to provide equal access to a high-quality music education. Meredith brings 15+ years of fundraising and philanthropy experience to her role at Merit, having most recently served as the Senior Director of Institutional Advancement at Rising Ground, a nonprofit social service organization in New York City. Prior to her career in nonprofit management, Meredith was an accomplished soprano and sang roles with companies such as Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, and Portland Opera across the country as well as with many local companies and orchestras in Chicago, her beloved hometown. Meredith is delighted to be a part of Merit where she can combine two of her greatest passions – music and philanthropy – each and every day.


The Marriage of Figaro – The music is simply brilliant, and I love that the protagonist, Susanna, is a strong, working woman.

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“Music education is the opportunity for every student to reach within themselves and find something more, whether they are a beginner or advanced student. There is nothing quite like mastering a new piece that weeks ago seemed impossible or coming together as part of an orchestra or choir and sharing a beautiful performance with others. At Merit, I love seeing the pride and joy of our students as they accomplish their goals and reach for the stars through music education.”