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This Month at Merit: Bone Rangers and Purple Hippos Featured on WFMT & more!


  • A Night to Remember
    Thanks to everyone who helped make this year’s Virtual Gala a tremendous success! If you weren’t able to celebrate live with us or want to relive the unforgettable night all over again, you can watch the full Gala video or check out your favorite performances and stories below. WATCH GALA VIDEOS →
  • Taichi Fukumura Receives Solti Award
    The Solti Foundation U.S. has selected Merit’s Director of Orchestras, Taichi Fukumura, as a recipient of the Sir Georg Solti Career Assistance Award. Congratulations, Taichi! READ MORE →


  • Bone Rangers & Purple Hippos Featured on WFMT
    The Purple Hippopatami advanced to the semifinals at the prestigious Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and The Bone Rangers played at the Winners’ Concert The Chicago National Chamber Music Competition. Both Conservatory chamber groups were featured on WFMT’s Introductions this month. LISTEN TO THE EPISODE →
  • Joshua Mhoon Heads to Juilliard
    Joshua is an extraordinarily gifted pianist and recent Merit Conservatory graduate who will be attending The Juilliard School this fall. Here’s the incredible story of how access to music education changed his life. WATCH JOSHUA’S STORY →
  • Conservatory Solo Competition Winners
    Congratulations to this year’s Conservatory Solo Competition winners! CHEER THEM ON →
  • The Music of Black Voices
    Tune in on June 8 for the live premiere of Merit x Ballet Chicago for a collaborative performance reflecting on the arc of history and contributions of Black composers and musicians. WATCH LIVE HERE →


  • Chris Rob Directs Music for Hit Show on Netflix
    Merit alum Chris Rob is the music director and composer for The Upshaws, a TV show that recently hit #1 in the country on Netflix. WATCH THE SHOW →
  • The JuJu Exchange Promotes Healing through Music
    Merit alum band The Julu Exchange hosted a virtual concert to provide support and encourage communal healing as we emerge from the pandemic. WATCH THE CLIP →
  • Emily Sierra Wins Metropolitan Opera National Vocal Competition
    Voice alum and mezzo-soprano Emily Sierra is a 2021 Grand Finals Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Congratulations, Emily! LEARN MORE →
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