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This Month at Merit: Alums making an impact & more!


  • Merit’s Fall Registration Is Open!
    Whether your child is 4 or 18 years old, a beginner or looking to refine their skills, Merit’s line-up of group classes & private lessons will help unlock their full musical potential. REGISTER FOR FALL MUSIC CLASSES & LESSONS


  • The Bone Rangers Lead “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” Sing-a-long
    The Bone Rangers helped host a fun sing-a-long of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” to kick off the outdoor showing of “10 Things I Hate About You” in Mary Bartelme Park. Shoutout to Merit alum Tanner Jackson for creating the arrangement!  WATCH THE SING-A-LONG →
  • Na’liah and Yiqi Learn from the Masters
    Over the past few weeks, several Merit students enjoyed the amazing opportunity to work with world-renowned musicians in masterclasses hosted by the Grant Park Music Festival in Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Piano student Yiqi Kuang participated in a masterclass with pianist Joyce Yang and viola student Na’liah Shahid worked with violist Masumi Per Rostad. WATCH NA’LIAH’S MASTERCLASS →
  • Amarin Takes 2nd Place in IMA Contest
    MCongratulations to piano student Amarin Wexler (taught by Ann Birman), who won 2nd place in the Solo Piano Virtuoso B category of the Illinois Music Association Virtual Contest 2021. WATCH HIS WINNING PERFORMANCE →


  • Anthony McGill Makes CSO Debut at Ravinia
    Merit alum and principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic, Anthony McGill, took the stage at Ravinia on July 23 for his long-awaited Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut. His transformative solo performance of Copland’s “Clarinet Concerto” left the Ravinia crowd – including many members of the Merit family – on their feet for a well-deserved standing ovation. LEARN MORE →
  • Andrea Salcedo Performs in Suma Flamenca Festival in Madrid
    Guitarist Andrea Salcedo will perform this September at the Suma Flamenca Festival in Madrid, one of the world’s preeminent flamenco festivals. Last December, she made her memorable debut at Suma Flamenca as the first female instrumentalist from Mexico. CONGRATULATE ANDREA →
  • Alejandro Acierto Featured in Art Exhibit
    Artist, composer, and Merit alum Alejandro Acierto is among 13 artists featured in the “Other World” exhibit at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, Michigan. LEARN MORE →
  • K.F. Jacques & Marisa Buchheit Collaborate for TEDxWrigleyville
    Multi-faceted opera and rap recording artist, K.F. Jacques, will soon premiere his “We Will Never Give Up” music video at TEDx Wrigleyville. The video is fueled with an anti-hate message and also features fellow alum and opera singer, Marisa Buchheit. LEARN MORE →
  • Macie Stewart Announces Solo Album
    Singer-songwriter Macie Stewart has released her new music video and single “Finally” off her first solo album “Mouth Full of Glass”. Stay tuned for the full album which will be available on September 24! ENJOY “FINALLY” MUSIC VIDEO →
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