The filming of a TV show in close proximity to Merit is affecting traffic and parking. Please plan your commute accordingly from 1/22 through 1/24.

Special Events

How Gen Z Can Change the Face(s) of Classical Music

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

This Giving Tuesday, Merit School of Music, Chicago Sinfonietta, and CYSO are handing the mic to the next generation of classical musicians. A student panel will discuss the obstacles facing aspiring musicians of diverse backgrounds and their vision for the future of classical music. The discussion will be followed by a party in the hotel’s holiday pop-up bar.


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Gala 2018

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago | 160 E. Pearson Street at Water Tower Place

Reception: 6 pm | Dinner: 7 pm

Gala 2018 will honor international cellist and music legend Yo-Yo Ma, and philanthropist and long-time Merit supporter Howard Gottlieb.


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Early Childhood Concert Featuring Two Of A Kind

Saturday, June 9, 2018

We are excited to welcome multi award-winning performers David and Jenny Heitler-Klevans from the band Two Of A Kind! Join us for a morning of fun and engaging music. Also, one lucky audience member will win a free session of summer Early Childhood classes at Merit School of Music!

The concert will take place on Saturday, June 9 at 11:00 am at Merit School of Music. The concert is open to children from 6 months to 2nd grade.


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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Merit School of Music proudly presents its annual Stringtacular performance featuring 300 string students and 20 faculty members performing 34 musical selections to a crowd of 750+ enthusiastic audience members. This year’s concert celebrates the 20th anniversary of Merit’s Suzuki-Alegre program. To honor that milestone, Stringtacular 2018 will feature special alumni guests and performers from across the two-decade program history.


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Friday, February 23, 2018
Saturday, February 24, 2018

Performathon 2018 was a whirlwind of performances from students in the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory –over 100 performances in two days. An eclectic mix of classical, jazz, chamber, and vocal ensembles was taken in by the over 1,000 concertgoers who joined our students at the event.


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