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This Month at Merit: Welcome back students & more


  • Welcoming Students Back to Merit This Month!
    Welcome back to Merit for another year of music making! SEE WELCOME BACK PHOTOS & VIDEOS →
  • Adrienne Thompson Joins Merit in New Role!
    We are delighted to announce that Adrienne Thompson will soon be assuming the role of Vice President for Enrollment & Student Services at Merit! READ MORE →


  • Around the World in 88 Keys
    Don’t miss Chris Gaona (student of Pedro Uceda) playing Manuel M. Ponce’s Intermezzo no.1! As we celebrate both Hispanic Heritage Month & Classical Music Month, we are enjoying the music of Ponce, a Mexican pianist, composer & teacher. FIND OUT MORE →
  • Precipice Saxophone Trio & Purple Hippopotami Flute Quartet Perform in the Park
    Merit students showed off their chops & musical expertise playing chamber music in Mary Bartleme Park. This collaborative experience requires closely listening to the music & breathing of others in the ensemble. WATCH HERE →


  • Taichi Fukumura Conducts Chicago Sinfonietta & Competes in Berlin
    2021 Solti Fellow & Merit’s Director of Orchestra’s Taichi Fukumura has been named Chicago Sinfonietta’s new Assistant Conductor & will conduct at Symphony Center on May 16! LEARN MORE →
  • WDCB Radio Showcases Steve Million’s New Album
    Merit’s Jazz Combo Director & piano faculty Steve Million is celebrating a new album release with the WDCB Night at The Jazz Showcase for his album “JazzWords”! KEEP UP WITH STEVE →
  • Thomas Snydacker Performs with Joffrey & Milwaukee Symphony
    Congratulations to Merit saxophone faculty Thomas Snydacker who will be playing with Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet from October 13-24. He will also be in concert with the Milwaukee Symphony in their first concerts of the season from October 29-31. LEARN MORE →
  • Alejandro Acierto Joins Arizona State University Faculty 
    Congratulations to Merit alum Alejandro Acierto for joining the New College at Arizona State University (ASU) faculty! READ MORE →
  • Dante’ Pope Launches Youth Percussion Program in D.C.
    Alum Dante’ Pope just launched a youth percussion program in partnership with the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID). He also produced & arranged the music for an upcoming children’s album with the Finding Rhythm Collective. LEARN MORE →
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