Stories

VIRTUAL PERFORMANCES

Merit students share socially-distanced performances that you can watch from the safety and comfort of home.

THANK YOU, ESSENTIAL WORKERS!

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Merit’s Philharmonic and String Orchestras recorded a moving performance of Holst’s Jupiter in honor of the essential workers who are keeping us safe.

BUILDING AN ANTIRACIST MUSIC SCHOOL

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We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and join those who are speaking out against racism and hate.

MUSIC HELPS ME LEARN AND GROW

Copy of The Power of Song [Infographic] Understanding the Life-Changing Power of Music Education

In this infographic, learn how access to early access to music helps babies and toddlers gain essential developmental and social skills.

5 WAYS TO KEEP THE MUSIC GOING

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Make the most of social isolation by using music to connect with friends, neighbors, family, and the Merit community.

THE POWER OF SONG

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In this infographic, learn how access to music education can impact a child’s cognitive growth, wellbeing, and community.

MERIT STUDENT CHOSEN BY LANG LANG

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Learn how Joshua Mhoon, a 16-year-old Merit student, was recognized by the Lang Lang Foundation as one of the most promising young pianists in the world.

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: ABRIL

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“Music lessons are the last thing you want to give up, but sometimes they’re the first thing that has to go. Merit made sure that my family didn’t have to make that decision.”

Growing Up at Merit

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While preparing for the next chapter in her life as a musician and student, Carly reflected on the community that helped her become the person she is today.

HEROES: ROLE MODELS IN MUSIC

Mentorship matters! Proviso Mathematics & Science Academy band showed younger Merit students what it takes to set and achieve ambitious goals.

The Summer of a Lifetime

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In 2019, two Merit students joined the National Youth Symphony Orchestra. Learn how the NYSO gave them the opportunity to travel the world while doing what they loved.

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: EMILY & SAMUEL ALVELO

Siblings Emily and Samuel Alvelo attended Merit as children. Learn how their time at Merit prepared them to pursue careers outside of music.

Merit Wind Symphony Performs

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Merit’s Conservatory Wind Symphony  were invited by the University of Illinois to take a special tour of the school and perform alongside the illustrious Illinois Wind Symphony.

PASS ON MUSIC: A MERIT DONOR’S STORY

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Friend of Merit Diana Leifer supported music education with a particularly meaningful donation. Every gift counts!