WHAT IS PERFORMATHON?
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, buying raffles tickets (available online until 3/16!), volunteering, and more!
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Everyone’s a headliner at Performathon!
Friday, March 8
7 pm | Merit Jazz Ensembles, Merit Bands, Precipice Saxophone Quartet
Saturday, March 9
9 am | Instrumental Ensembles
12:30 pm | Orchestras ft. Nova Piano Trio
2 pm | Senior Piano Duets
4 pm | Opera Musical Theater & Choir
9 am | Jazz Combos
10:30 am | Woodwinds & Percussion
12:30 pm | Vocal Jazz & Technique
2:30 pm | Brass
4 pm | Senior String Ensembles
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
Lake Street Lofts c/o Marc Koronkiewicz
Quinlan & Fabish Music Co.
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).
- 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
- 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. Afterware, 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.