Press Releases

Merit @ Wintercamp Music Festival

  Merit School of Music is thrilled to be the featured non-profit of Wintercamp Music Festival 2019. Wintercamp is an annual music festival held each winter in the legendary Logan Square Auditorium in Chicago. This year, the festival takes place February 15th – 16th. 10% of all ticket proceeds go back to Merit and our Conservatory … Continued

Newly-established Equity and Diversity Fellowship, Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative, Recipient of the Nation’s Largest and Most Ambitious “pathways” Mellon Foundation Grant to Date, Trumpets New Leader, Chicago Area Native & Education Veteran Adrienne Thompson

CMPI Steering Team – Merit School of Music, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, Chicago High School for the Arts, Chicago Sinfonietta, The Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, DePaul University School of Music, and Ravinia Festival – seek to discover and nurture promising young musicians from traditionally underrepresented communities   Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative … Continued

Seven Music Education Organizations Join Forces to Secure a $3.5 Million Grant From the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Establishing the Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative

  Merit School of Music, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, Chicago High School for the Arts, Chicago Sinfonietta, The Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, DePaul University School of Music and The Ravinia Festival seek to Discover and Nurture Promising Young Musicians from Traditionally Underrepresented Communities Together   An extraordinary $3.5 million grant over … Continued

MERIT SCHOOL OF MUSIC ANNUAL GALA RAISES MORE THAN $1.1 MILLION AS IT HONORS WORLD-RENOWNED CELLIST YO-YO MA AND PHILANTHROPIST HOWARD GOTTLIEB

  Merit School of Music, a nationally accredited music school helping young people of all backgrounds achieve their full potential in and through music, raised more than $1.1 million at its annual gala that honored world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Chicago-based philanthropist Howard Gottlieb. A member of Merit’s National Advisory Board for many years, Yo-Yo … Continued

Chamber Ensembles Reach M-PRIZE Semi-Finals!

  Earlier this month, five Merit chamber ensembles were named semi-finalists of the M-PRIZE international chamber arts competition at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre, & Dance. Four of the ensembles–Precipice Saxophone Quartet, Purple Hippopotami Flute Quartet, The Bone Rangers, and Visceral Brass Quintet–are participating in the Junior Winds division and competing for … Continued

Yo-Yo Ma & Howard Gottlieb to be Honored at Merit School of Music Annual Gala

    Merit School of Music, a nationally accredited music school helping young people of all backgrounds achieve their full potential in and through music, will honor renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Chicago-based philanthropist Howard Gottlieb at its annual gala on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at the Ritz-Carlton,160 E Pearson. Dedicated to helping young people … Continued

Merit’s Gala Set to Honor Yo-Yo Ma & Howard Gottlieb

Merit School of Music, a nationally accredited music school, will honor renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Chicago-based philanthropist Howard Gottlieb at its annual gala on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at the Ritz-Carlton (160 E Pearson). The evening will include a reception at 6:00 pm, followed by dinner and performances at 7:00 pm. Merit School of … Continued

Charity Navigator Names Merit a Top Ten Music Charity

    Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest independent charity evaluator and leading donor advocate, has named Merit School of Music one of the top ten music charities in the country! Listed alongside like-minded organizations Third Street Music School Settlement (New York), McPhail Center for Music (Minnesota), and Pasadena Conservatory of Music (California), Charity Navigator hailed Merit … Continued