SUMMER COVID PROTOCOL UPDATES: Beginning June 1, Merit will be instituting new COVID protocols, including moving to masks recommended for all visitors. Current COVID protocols remains in effect through May 31, with the exception of a few special events. READ MORE »

This Month at Merit: Students excel in class and competition & more!


  • Merit’s Open House Highlights!
    Our recent Open House included student performances in the park, an instrument petting zoo & lots more. ENJOY THE PHOTOS →


  • Wyatt Participates in a Masterclass with CSO Clarinetist John Bruce Yeh
    Conservatory clarinetist Wyatt Snyder has been invited to join a special masterclass with CSO Assistant Principal Clarinetist, John Bruce Yeh. FIND OUT MORE →
  • Ella Excels in Masterclass with Anthony Triofono
    Ella Werstler did an outstanding job in her flute masterclass with guest artist Anthony Trionfo! Thank you to the Grant Park Music Festival for hosting this special event. CONGRATULATE ELLA →
  • Alejandro Receives a Scholarship from the National Flute Association
    Congratulations to Conservatory flute student Alejandro DeJesus for winning a private lesson scholarship funded by the National Flute Association. We are excited for his big win & grateful for his teacher Susan Crandall. CONGRATULATE ALEJANDRO →
  • Luke Takes 1st Place in Charleston International Music Competition
    Congratulations to piano student Luke Magee (taught by Ann Birman), who won 1st place in the 2021 Summer Charleston International Music Competition! Watch Luke’s winning performance of Prelude No. 12 Book 2, Feux D’Artifice by Debussy. WATCH LUKE PLAY →


  • Alexis Lombre Performs at Navy Pier’s “Live on the Lake”
    Alexis is a talented pianist, vocalist, & bandleader with a mission to keep the “soul” in music alive. She knows just how to turn a show into an unforgettable experience. LEARN MORE →
  • Marquis Hill Joins Berklee Faculty & Performs at Millennium Park
    Congratulations to Marquis Hill for joining the Berklee College of Music faculty this fall as an Assistant Professor of Trumpet! We are delighted to celebrate this part of his musical journey & know the Berklee community will benefit significantly from his vast experience & incredible heart. KEEP UP WITH MARQUIS →
  • The JuJu Exchange Releases Latest EP in Virtual Reality
    The JuJu Exchange, made up of Merit alums Nico Segal, Julian Reid, & Nova Zaii, recently entered the virtual reality space. Experience their latest EP, Eternal Boombox, on YouTube 360 by moving your phone around as the scenery changes! ENTER THE 360 EXPERIENCE →
  • Nico Segal & Peter CottonTale in Chance the Rapper’s New Movie
    Chance the Rapper’s movie “Magnificent Coloring World” is a concert documentary with never-before-seen footage from a top-secret performance. Merit alums Peter CottonTale & Nico Segal are among Chance’s close collaborators who perform together & bring their musical expertise to his documentary! READ MORE →
« Back to News