This Month at Merit: Making Music with London Philharmonic & more

MERIT NEWS

  • Merit’s Building Reopens After 1 Full Year of Virtual Instruction!
    The first day back was full of excitement –– students and teachers buzzed with new energy & music floated throughout halls that had fallen silent for so long. READ ABOUT OUR 1ST DAY BACK →
  • What Does it Take to Be a Leader?
    Watch our latest Leadership Institute discussion “What Does it Take to be a Leader?” led by alum Eduardo Lopez and other Associate Board panelists. WATCH SESSION →

MERIT STUDENTS ROCK!

  • Merit Students Make Music with London Philharmonic
    The London Philharmonic Orchestra hosted a series of virtual masterclasses and private lessons with Merit’s Bone Rangers trombone quartet, flute students Nina Touboul and Hannah Xie, and violin students Nazeeh Shahid and Daniel Cogolludo. LEARN MORE →
  • Student Takeover: Meet Bella!
    Learn more about Bella, a Conservatory pianist and Merit’s Student Council president, and what it’s like to be back in Merit’s building after a year of virtual learning in this fun takeover! WATCH BELLA’S TAKEOVER →
  • Karina Expresses Herself Through Song
    Enjoy this raw cut of “Mask Off”, newly composed and performed by Conservatory student Karina Acuña. So proud of our students’ creativity! LISTEN TO “MASK OFF” →
  • Pianists Win Awards in SAM Competition
    Pianists Win Awards in SAM Competition WATCH CAROLINE PLAY DEBUSSY → / WATCH LUKE PLAY SCARLATTI →

MERIT ALUMNI NEWS

  • Honoring the Memory of Erica Watson
    Actor, comedian, & Merit alum Erica Watson is remembered by family and friends for her brilliance, strength, and force in the Chicago acting community. Merit sends our heartfelt condolences to those close to her. REMEMBERING ERICA →
  • Celebrating Alums on International Women’s Day
    In celebration of International Women’s Day, we put the spotlight on a few Merit alums who inspire us with their ability to move mountains, push boundaries, and lift other women up. READ THEIR STORIES →
  • Mae Ya Carter Ryan Shines in New Berklee Performance
    Student at Berklee College of Music, Mae Ya Carter Ryan, collaborated with her classmates on a cover of “Good Job” by Alicia Keys. The piece is dedicated to the essential workers keeping us safe and healthy. WATCH MAE YA’S PERFORMANCE →
  • Oscar Basza Releases New Music
    Pianist and composer Oscar Basza recently released his newest single, “Dior,” and his harmonics are pure bliss. Invite more peace into your day and give it a listen! LISTEN TO “DIOR” ON SPOTIFY →
  • Kim Jones Partners with Ravinia
    Ravinia Festival invited Kim Jones to curate a signature concert featuring popular spirituals, Black folk songs, and classical repertoire as a way to promote Black history and culture and instill a sense of pride among young Chicago students. READ MORE →
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