In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the CDC’s current recommendations, Merit School of Music has closed the Joy Faith Knapp Music Center and suspended all in-person activities. Virtual options are now available for summer camps, private lessons, Early Childhood classes, and small group classes. We thank you for your understanding and continued support during this unprecedented situation.

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Merit hosts a number of competitions for students throughout the academic year.  Learn about upcoming competitions by browsing the list below!


Barnett Chamber Music Competition

Sunday, March 29 2020

The eighth annual A.N and Pearl G. Barnett Chamber Music Competition is open to chamber ensembles in 12th grade and younger with two divisions:

  • Strings and Piano
  • Winds, Brass, and Percussion

The Barnett Chamber Music Competition is open to all chamber music groups including groups not part of the Merit School of Music.


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