Special Events

Gala 2019

Wednesday, May 8

Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, 120 East Delaware Place

6:00 pm Reception | 7:00 pm Dinner

Gala 2019 will honor Merit School of Music Life Trustee Duffie A. Adelson for her decades of unparalleled service and dedication to Merit as both a faculty member and the school’s Executive Director, and her commitment to making music and building the lives of thousands of Chicago children.


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Performathon 2019


Everyone knows binge-watching, but what about binge-listening? MERIT has that.

PERFORMATHON is a two-day, non-stop concert fundraiser spread throughout our West Loop facility featuring back-to-back performances of our top students – from soloists to large ensembles, bands, orchestras, vocal and instrumental jazz, opera and music theatre. All performances are free of charge and open to the community. As the Merit Parent Association’s biggest fundraiser, parent volunteers will be organizing an international food fair and selling raffle tickets and Merit merchandise. In 2018, Performathon raised over$30,000 in support of Merit’s scholarship and financial aid fund — making high-quality music education accessible to thousands of children across Chicago.

You can support Performathon 2019 by becoming a sponsor, donating a raffle prize, volunteering, and more!

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