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This Month at Merit: A collection of student performances & more


  • Merit Welcomes 11 New Associate Board Members
    “We’re so delighted to welcome such a dedicated and diverse cohort of new members to the Associate Board. Each new member has something unique to offer Merit and our students. With so many new members, we have an exciting energy to the whole Board. I can’t wait to see what the year brings!” says Catie Wloch, Associate Board President. READ MORE →


  • Watch Merit Students in Action
    Performances are one of the most exciting parts of the Merit experience—they give music students a chance to apply what they’ve learned & gain self-confidence as they share their gifts with others. Watch a collection of some of our favorite recent student performances! SEE WATCH HERE →
  • Merit’s Jazz Combo & The Bone Rangers Play at Epiphany Center
    Merit’s Jazz Combo & The Bone Rangers gave outstanding performances at the Epiphany Center for the Arts. Enjoy these performance highlights! WATCH HERE →
  • Precipice Saxophone Trio & Purple Hippopotami Flute Quartet Perform in the Park
    Merit students showed off their chops & musical expertise playing chamber music in Mary Bartleme Park. This collaborative experience requires closely listening to the music & breathing of others in the ensemble. WATCH HERE →


  • Toshiko Suzuki Receives Outstanding Educator Award From the University of Chicago
    Piano faculty Toshiko Suzuki received an “Outstanding Educator” award from the University of Chicago for her excellence in both teaching & mentorship! Toshiko was nominated by her former student, Merit alum Tiffany Tu, who was accepted to the university on full scholarship this year.  CONGRATULATE TOSHIKO →
  • Alum, Librettist, & Composer Steve Wallace Premieres Opera “Undying Love”
    Congratulations to alum Steve Wallace on his new opera “Undying Love”—based on the Nas song by the same name! The one-act chamber opera, conducted by Steve Wallace himself & produced in collaboration with WFMT & presented by Hearing in Color, at the Kehrein Center of the Arts takes place on on Friday, Nov. 12 at 7 pm. GET MORE INFO →
  • Sally Blandon Rocks Candlelight Concert
    Get up & dance to this clip from a recent Latin Jazz Tribute concert by PureSoul Chicago featuring Merit Early Childhood faculty & vocalist, Sally Blandon, & alum trumpeter, Victor Garcia. WATCH HERE →
  • Janet Janz Performs With the Lakeview Orchestra
    Cello faculty & Stradivarius Strings Director Janet Janz joined the Lakeview Orchestra for their first concert after reopening. Their “Irrepressible Seventh Symphony” concert was performed at the Athenaeum Theatre & featured works by Coleridge-Taylor, Strauss & Beethoven. GET MORE INFO →
  • Gwen Maramba Talks About Being Hearing in Color’s First Young Composer
    Learn more about alum Gwen Maramba’s role as the very first composer in Hearing in Color’s inaugural Young Composer Residency! In her interview with Artistic Director & Founder, LaRob K. Rafael, Gwen shares how she’s preparing for her new composition—which will premiere this spring in a performance by La Caccina—& talks about her desire to contribute more diverse classical music. WATCH HERE →
  • Trumpeter Victor Garcia Plays at Catch 35
    It was a night to remember with live music by alum & trumpeter Victor Garcia at Catch 35. DETAILS HERE →
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