This Month At Merit: Gala, Graduation, Stringtacular, & more


  • Register for Summer ☀️
    Summer is almost here! Save your spot in Merit’s line-up of summer camps and classes, so you can stay social, creative, & engaged with your instrument while school is out. BROWSE CAMPS & CLASSES →
  • Free! Musical Storytime
    We’re hosting a Musical Storytime on June 21 in partnership with Make Music Chicago! Join us in Mary Bartelme Park for a special storytime that fosters literacy, imagination, musical awareness, & developmental skills in your little ones. RSVP HERE →
  • Thank You, Merit Teachers!
    The first week of May was National Teacher Appreciation Week. Thank you to the many Merit faculty members who help create a deep, inspiring, & motivating learning experience for our students. You make Merit the loving community that it is! SAY THANKS TODAY→
  • Relive Stringtacular 2022
    On May 21 at Benito Juarez Community Academy, Merit hosted Stringtacular. String students cycled onstage throughout the concert, ending with 300+ students performing together. Watch the livestream recording here!
  • Conservatory Spring Concert Photos Have arrived!
    Our marathon weekend of Conservatory Spring Concerts featured performances by Merit’s top Bands, Instrumental Ensembles, Jazz Ensembles, Choirs, Orchestras, & Piano Duos. Check out our photos from Friday & Saturday. VIEW PHOTOS →


  • Henry Winds 3rd at Charleston International Baroque Music Competition
    Congratulations to Henry Joseph Lombardo, student of Carling Fitzsimmons, who placed 3rd in the 2022 Barque Music Competition as part of the Charleston International Music Competition singing “Ombra mai fu” by G.F. Handel. SAY CONGRATS →
  • String Students Perform at Navy Pier
    Students from Merit’s community programs at Burbank, Chopin, and Nobel Elementary Schools performed together at Navy Pier for “Merit School of Music Presents Tri-School Spring Fling String Concert.” SAY CONGRATS →


  • Congrats to Our Amazing Faculty!
  • The JuJu Exchange Releases New Music
    Exploratory jazz group, The JuJu Exchange, comprised of Merit alums Nico Segal, Julian Reid, and Nova Zaii, released a music video to their new single, “Walk Cycle”. DISCOVER MORE →
  • Steve Wallace Featured in Yo! MTV Raps Reboot
    Singer, composer, and Merit alum, Steve Wallace, composed, produced, and performed the theme song for the Yo! MTV Raps reboot, coming soon to Paramount+.WATCH TRAILER
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