This Month at Merit: Joshua Wows on NPR & more


  • A new study from MIT found that learning music, not coding, makes kids smarter. Neuroscience shows that learning a musical instrument increases brain power and functionality, in the short and long term. READ MORE →


  • Kailie Represents CMPI & Merit on NBC
    Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative (CMPI) fellow and Merit Conservatory student, Kailie Holliday, was featured on NBC Chicago’s Making A Difference. She talked about her love of the cello, the difference CMPI is making, and played a little music as well. WATCH KAILIE’S INTERVIEW →
  • Joshua Wows on NPR’s From the Top
    Enjoy this fantastic performance of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 27 (Mvt. 1) by Merit Conservatory pianist Joshua Mhoon during his recent From the Top concert. WATCH JOSHUA’S PERFORMANCE →
  • Chloe & Hannah Perform for Chicago Flute Club
    Conservatory flutists, Chloe Nam and Hannah Xie (taught by Susan Crandall), recently joined the Chicago Flute Club’s Student Recital, performing breathtaking solo pieces. WATCH CHLOE & HANNAH’S PERFORMANCE →
  • Amarin Wins Again
    Merit piano student, Amarin Wexler, (taught by Ann Birman) won third place in the Memorial Sanja Pavlovic Piano Competition, an international competition of talented pianists from all over the world. WATCH AMARIN’S PERFORMANCE →


  • Peter CottonTale & Google Give Back
    When Google tapped Peter CottonTale to create a song to describe the past year, Peter requested that the tech giant support Chicago arts organizations as part of the deal. Thanks to Peter’s advocacy for young Chicago musicians, Google donated a cumulative $50,000 to Merit and Chicago Children’s Choir. We are incredibly grateful! READ MORE →
  • Nivanthi Collaborates with Marin Alsop
    Fellow at Yale’s Office of Sustainability and french horn player, Nivanthi Karunaratne, collaborated with 14 other musicians from across the country on a special performance presented by Classical Movements and conducted by the world-renowned Marin Alsop. WATCH THE PERFORMANCE →
  • Steve Creates Hal King, an R&B Opera
    Steve Wallace created, composed, and executive produced Hal King, a modern R&B opera adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Henry IV. Set in a black midwestern town in the late 1950s, the film fuses classical, jazz, R&B, and hip hop within a “Mozart-style” operatic structure. WATCH THE TRAILER →
  • Alumni Panel Shares Advice with Students
    Merit’s Associate Board hosted a panel of alumni and college representatives to discuss tips and advice for college auditions and interviews. Thank you to alumni Pamela Meadows, Eduardo Lopez, and Kamila Muhammad, and Geoffrey Scott from Rice University. WATCH THE RECORDING →
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