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!



Everyone’s a headliner at Performathon!


Gottlieb Hall

7 pm | Merit Jazz Ensembles, Merit Bands, Precipice Saxophone Quartet


Gottlieb Hall

9 am | Instrumental Ensembles

12:30 pm | Orchestras ft. Nova Piano Trio

2 pm | Senior Piano Duets

4 pm | Opera Musical Theater & Choir

Foreman Hall

9 am | Jazz Combos

10:30 am | Woodwinds & Percussion

12:30 pm | Vocal Jazz & Technique

2:30 pm | Brass

4 pm | Senior String Ensembles

Polk Hall

9 am | Junior String Ensembles

10:30 am | Guitar Quartets & Composers Forum

12 pm | Brass

2:30 pm | Woodwinds

4 pm | Junior Piano Duets



Jennifer and Reginaldo Montague, PE


Andrius & Marie Strimaitis



Tim Calkins & Carol Saltoun

Italian Village Restaurants


Belgravia Group, Ltd.

Carlos R. Cardenas

James A. Erwin

Marco Escano

Lake Street Lofts c/o Marc Koronkiewicz

Quinlan & Fabish Music Co.


For sponsorship package information, click here.


Merit extends a huge THANK YOU to all of the businesses, friends, parents, and community members who donated items to our Performathon raffle!


It’s not too late to buy tickets! Buy them online here.


West Side Story

  • 2 Tickets to West Side Story

The amazing Lyric Opera is guaranteed to inspire your child with a tremendous performance of West Side Story (or leave your musician at home, practicing, and enjoy a wonderful night out).

Tres Belles

  • A private performance from Tres Belles

Make your next special occasion unforgettable with a private performance by Tres Belles. The group consists of Merit alums Kim Jones (Merit vocal faculty) and Marisa Buchheit (concert soprano and Miss Illinois 2014), along with Kirsten Leslie.

The Perfect Snapshot

  • Family photography package
  • Professional framing from Frame Warehouse

Showcase your talented family all over the walls of your house with a portrait session by Robert Campbell and a professional framing from the Frame Warehouse.


  • Mathnasium Gift Certificate/Gift Box
  • Museum of Science & Industry – 4 Tickets with Special Exhibits and iMax Passes

Mathnasium and MSI join forces to ensure our children are smarter than we are!

Relaxation & Indulgence

  • HM Day Spa
  • Rare Bird Jams, Scone Mix and Festive Serving Plates

50-minute massage at HM Day Spa and Rare Bird jams and other goodies will leave you relaxed and pampered.

A Merit Home Theater Experience

  • 55” LG TV
  • Amazon Echo Dot

“Alexa, play Merit School of Music Performathon videos on my new 55” LG TV!”

Go, Cubs, Go

  • 4 Tickets to April 10 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates and a package of Cubs-themed goodies

Corporate Improvement

  • In-Office Yoga for 5+ from Yoga and Planting Arts
  • AKG Black Earbud Headphones

Make yourself a star at work with this package for 5+ individuals to break up the workday monotony and get your whole team aligned. Afterward, block out the team and find your inner peace with these AKG headphones.

Work from Home in Style

  • Logitech Portable ConferenceCam

Want to work from home? Now you can, and be crystal clear in video meetings and conference calls. Merit cannot guarantee you won’t be judged for wearing pajamas at 4pm, though.

Merit’s Favorite Speaker

  • Cambridge Audio YoYo L

Proud Merit partners Cambridge Audio make the highest quality sound equipment on the market, and now you can listen to all your student’s pieces on the highest fidelity system money can buy.


It takes a village to raise an orchestra! We are seeking volunteers to help usher, sell merchandise and raffle tickets, serve food, and more.

Join us at one of our upcoming Merit Parent Association meetings for more information:

Saturday, February 22 at 10 am and Saturday, March 2 at 10 am (Merit Community Room)

Register as a volunteer here, and donate to the food fair here.