On March 5, the halls of Merit School of Music’s Joy Faith Knapp Music Center here in the West Loop bustled with exciting energy as four talented professional musicians, teachers, and friends of the Merit community joined our students for their “Forum” classes. These classes are weekly opportunities for the Conservatory instrument divisions to come together and host masterclasses, student performances, or other special guests. During this time, our esteemed guests listened to rehearsals, taught, and shared advice and stories with our Conservatory students.
Merit frequently engages top professional musicians and faculty of prestigious programs from across the country. Our friends are moved both by our students’ talent and commitment, and by Merit’s mission to transform the lives of Chicago-area youth through removing barriers to high-quality music education.
On this particular Saturday, our guest artists were on-site in our Voice, Piano, Strings, and Woodwinds classes! Our workshops and master classes give Conservatory students the valuable chance to receive feedback from new sources, connect with fellow musicians, and build potential relationships for mentorship.
Read below for some insights these leaders in the industry shared with our students, passing down their own learning, wisdom, and encouragement.