Special Events


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.

Stringtacular is a free community event in Pilsen that is open to the public. Featured performers are members of Merit’s Suzuki-Alegre Strings program, a vibrant music ensemble of violin, viola, cello and bass students under the direction of Mónica Lugo. Many of the specially selected pieces in the program feature beloved Latin folk songs that represent favorite melodies of generations of music lovers in their families. All of the songs are performed from memory, an important component of the Suzuki training method.

Students are taught in three off-site Merit programs: El Valor Guadalupe Reyes Center, Pilsen’s Whittier Elementary School, and in Merit’s Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory in the West Loop. Students range in age from 4- 18.



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Early Childhood and Development Concert Featuring Two Of A Kind

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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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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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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