This Month at Merit: 14 piano students win big & more


  • “I would be lost if it had not been for the close-knit Merit community – spanning from administration to faculty & throughout the student body – it has taught me so much about myself and the way I communicate with others through music and other means.” – Josh, Conservatory piano student


  • 14 Piano Students Win Big at CAMTA Festival
    Congratulations to the 14 piano students and their teachers for beautiful performances in the CAMTA Sonata Sonatina Festival! Five Merit piano students won gold medals and nine won silver. SAY CONGRATS! →
  • Student Spotlight: Tony!
    Merit violin student Tony (taught by Iris Wei) shares his story as another great example of how important it is for children to have access to music education. READ FULL STORY →
  • Eddy Creates Some Sunshine With His Guitar
    Merit guitar student Eddy (taught by Bob Sherman) brought us sunshine in the middle of this chilly winter with his rendition of “Girl from Ipanema”. WATCH THE PERFORMANCE →
  • Percussion Students Wow During Virtual Showcase
    Merit percussion students put on a stellar virtual recital under the guidance of percussion faculty Brandon Podjasek. WATCH THE SHOWCASE →
  • Jacob Collaborates on a Jazz Classic
    Conservatory vocalist Jacob Frischer and voice faculty Alyssa Allgood recently got the chance to record the jazz classic “Twisted” by Annie Ross with the Evanston Township High School Jazz Ensemble. WATCH JACOB’S PERFORMANCE →


  • Anthony McGill Hosts Unforgettable Masterclass
    Four Merit clarinetists — Cameron Hejny, Ronald Jamieson, Lia Pappas, and Wyatt Snyder — got the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with Merit alum and principal clarinetist for the New York Philharmonic, Anthony McGill, during a very special virtual masterclass. WATCH A CLIP →
  • Matt Jones Shares His Composition Tips
    Pianist, composer, and producer Matt Jones created a short video breaking down his “5 Steps to Writing a Virtual Orchestral Arrangement”. LEARN THE STEPS →
  • EXCLUSIVE! Alexis Lombre Teases New Music
    Jazz pianist Alexis Lombre created a mini-documentary series following the process of creating her upcoming album. We’re excited to share an exclusive sneak peek with the Merit community. WATCH THE TRAILER →
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