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This Month at Merit: 3 Students Win Big & more!


  • Celebrating the Return to the Joy Faith Knapp Music Center on July 6
    Now that the city of Chicago has begun to open up, we are delighted to gradually welcome students back through a mix of in-person and virtual classes this summer and fall. READ FULL STORY →


  • 3 Students Win Big
    Congrats to Tom Gotsch, Bennett King, and Erikas Sileika for winning in the Youth Jazz Division of the 2021 International Society of Bassists Double Bass Competition, National Trumpet Competition, and Children’s Talent Show of the Lithuanian Americans Community Competition respectively.  CHEER THEM ON →
  • Taking the Stage at Harris Theater
    Merit musicians and Ballet Chicago dancers had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take the stage at Harris Theater to perform “The Music of Black Voices” – a collaborative performance reflecting on the contributions of Black composers and musicians. WATCH VIDEO →
  • 250 Strings Students Perform Together for Stringtacular 2021
    Merit’s Stringtacular is a vibrant collaboration of young string players from our Suzuki-Alegre Strings program, which fuses Latinx folk music with the Suzuki method. Stringtacular 2021 brought together 250 strings students to make music together virtually. WATCH VIDEO →


  • Gwen Maramba Wins Hearing in Color Young Composer Residency
    Recent Conservatory graduate, Gwen Maramba, was named the inaugural composer-in-residence for the Hearing in Color Young Composer Residency. During her residency, Gwen will work closely with professional artists to create music for advanced treble voices. LEARN MORE →
  • Grant Le Lands Role in U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters
    Congratulations to Grant Le who won a position playing bass with the prestigious U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters. Grant will have the distinction of being the only member of the band born in the 2000s! LEARN MORE →
  • Matt Jones Creates Arrangement of “A Change Is Gonna Come”
    Alum Matt Jones arranged a beautiful rendition of the Sam Cooke classic “A Change Is Gonna Come” for violin, cello, and piano. LEARN MORE →
  • Victor Garcia Joins DuRhythm Summer Series
    Alum Victor Garcia is teaming up with Merit’s Early Childhood and Piano Program Manager, Sally Blandon, for a series of high-energy Latin jazz performances at the DuSable Museum of African American History. BUY TICKETS →
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