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This Month at Merit: Students recognized in competitions & more


  • Mónica Lugo on Arts Engines
    Mónica Lugo, Head of Merit’s Alegre Strings Program, appeared on Arts Engines to discuss how Alegre Strings teaches more than just musical excellence—it broadens students’ view of the world & develops them into young leaders. WATCH HERE →
  • Travel the World with Merit x Ballet Chicago
    Take a trip around the globe with Merit School of Music & Ballet Chicago! In our 3rd annual collaboration, Merit Conservatory musicians performed pieces by composers from across the world alongside Ballet Chicago’s talented dancers. LEARN MORE →
  • Making Music Across Borders
    Australia, Mexico, China, oh my! Read how online music lessons have enabled Merit to expand the reach of our mission further than we ever thought imaginable. READ MORE →


  • PMSA Band Concert feat. Chicago Freedom Ensemble
    The Proviso Mathematics & Science Academy (PMSA)’s Band—part of our Merit Music in Communities program—performed with Chicago Freedom Ensemble at the PMSA Auditorium in Forest Park, IL. WATCH THEM PLAY →
  • Elio Wins 2nd Place in ISMTA Competition
    Congratulations to Conservatory piano student Elio Gaviria (taught by Toshiko Suzuki) for placing 2nd in the Illinois State Music Teachers Association (ISMTA) Piano Competition with his performance of “Ballade No. 3” by Chopin. We’re so proud of his tremendous accomplishment! WATCH ELIO PERFORM →
  • Sejong Music Competition Recognizes Julia
    Young piano student Julia Angeles (taught by Maya Galperin) received an Honorable Mention for her performance in the elementary division of the 2021 Sejong Music Competition for her rendition of Bartók’s “Evening in the Country”. Keep up the great work, Julia!  WATCH JULIA PERFORM →


  • Kim Jones Wins 3Arts Make A Wave Award
    Congrats to Merit alum & voice faculty Kim Jones for receiving the 3Arts Make A Wave award! Make A Wave is an artist-to-artist giving program that invites the previous year’s recipient to select another artist to receive a grant from 3Arts.  SAY CONGRATS! →
  • Carling FitzSimmons Hosts Concert Celebrating Women With La Caccina
    Watch Merit’s Conservatory Director of Choirs, Carling FitzSimmons, in La Caccina’s The Matriarchy concert on Nov. 20 & 21. The Matriarchy will honor women from around the world and across time, celebrating their accomplishments and contributions to our world today. LEARN MORE →
  • NPR Describes Macie Stewart as “Consummate Collaborator”
    Merit alum Macie Stewart shines with her solo debut album’s opening track, “Finally”, which NPR calls “a graceful scene impeccably made” and refers to her as a “consummate collaborator.” As a music school that places a high value on collaboration, we’re quite proud! READ NPR’S INTERVIEW →
  • Watch Elena Doubovitskaya Perform With EStrella Piano Duo
    Piano faculty Elena Doubovitskaya and her EStrella Piano Duo are performing during the Musicians Club of Women Air Concert Series on Friday, Dec. 3, and at the Northbrook Public Library on Sunday, Dec. 5. LEARN MORE →
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