March 8, 2018
JOIN US AT KUMA'S CORNER WEST LOOP FOR A FUNDRAISER IN SUPPORT OF MERIT

Join us at Kuma's West Loop (852 W. Fulton Market) from Open to Close on March 15th for a special fundraiser featuring prizes, raffles, and food.  $1 of each Founder's draft sold throughout the month of March will be donated to Merit! 

Raffle Prizes Include:
...and more! 
PBS TV SHOW CELEBRATION OF MUSIC SEEKS LOCAL TALENT
PBS is seeking young musical talent in the Chicago area for their new television show Celebration of Music in Chicago.  Selected performers will be broadcast on PBS Chicago and featured on PBS's website. Based on an online vote, the winner will perform in Los Angeles on national television and have the chance to record their very own single! 

Interested in auditioning? Follow the link here to submit your application! Be sure to list "Catherine" as the name of the recruiter who told you about the show.
MERIT STUDENT BENI CWIAKALA WILL COMPETE IN NEW SEASON OF MASTERCHEF JUNIOR
Beni Cwiakala , a student at Merit School of Music, will be a contestant on the new season of  MasterChef Junior . 11-year-old Beni was chosen as one of 40 talented young home cooks to showcase their unique culinary skills and compete for the MasterChef Junior trophy, as well as a $100,000 grand prize.

In an interview with the Chicago Tribune,  Beni stated that if she were to win, she would donate some of her prize money to the Greater Chicago Food Depository and save some for her dream food truck - a food truck that would be used to teach disadvantaged youth how to cook nutritious food with local ingredients.

Enjoy watching the commercial here, featuring Beni. Be sure to tune in to the two-hour special this Friday, March 2nd, on FOX at 7p CST.
EARLY CHILDHOOD
Monday, March 12
11:00 am = Merit Storytime (Gottlieb Hall) 

Join us for this free event featuring stories and music. No pre-registration is required, however students must attend with a grown-up. Ms. Jan will be hosting in March- bring your friends!

Tuesday, March 13 
Final day of Tuesday morning winter session classes. 

Wednesday, March 14
Final day of Wednesday afternoon winter session classes.

Saturday, March 17
Registration deadline for spring session classes (beginning the week of April 2). Visit Merit's website to enroll. 

Friday, March 23
Final day of Friday morning winter session classes.

Saturday, March 24
Final day of Saturday winter session classes. 

Merit's Early Childhood classes now have a second Spotify Playlist: Merit Winter 2018 II which is filled with even more engaging songs to listen, dance and, sing along with!

Also, enjoy our Merit Winter 2018 I Spotify playlist!

INSTRUMENTAL & VOCAL MUSIC
Saturday. March 10
Merit Young Musician's Competition for String and Piano students registration deadline.

Friday, March 16
Merit Young Musician's Competition schedules emailed home to participants.

Friday, March 23
4:30 - 8:30 pm = Merit Young Musician's Competition
 (Gottlieb Hall)

Monday, March 26 - Sunday, April 1
Spring Break - no classes.

MERIT MUSIC IN COMMUNITIES
Saturday, March 23
10:00am = MMiC Mentorship Concert (Gottlieb Hall)
- Students in the Proviso Math & Science Academy Advanced Band will present an educational concert for band students from Helen M. Hefferan Elementary and Pershing Magnet School.

PRIVATE LESSONS
Saturday, March 10
Merit Young Musicians Competition String and Piano students registration deadline. 

ALICE S. PFALEZER TUITION-FREE CONSERVATORY
2018/2019 Audition sign-up form available on Merit's website. 
  • All guitar, jazz, and piano are required to re-audition.
  • All current Wind Symphony students must re-audition to keep your spot in the ensemble.
  • Any orchestra, band, or voice/choir student who would like to advance to the next ensemble must audition.
Saturday, March 10 
11:50 = L ive from Gottlieb 
    (Merit Student/Faculty Brass  Ensembles)

Saturday, March 17
11:50 am = Live from Gottlieb (Lawrence University Choirs)

In This Issue
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MPA Events
MPA Meeting
There will be an MPA meeting in the Ann Monaco Community Room on Saturday, April 14 at 10 am.

 
PIZZA DAYS
Thursday, Mar 15| 4 pm
Saturday, Mar 17 | 11:30 am

To volunteer for Pizza Days, visit the sign-up link  here .
Student Services Updates
Regular Office Hours
Monday - Thursday 
   2:30 - 6:30 pm
Friday 
   Closed
Saturday 
   10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday 
   Closed

Additional appointments available by request.

The Student Services offices will be closed starting Monday, March 12th and will reopen at 2:30pm on Monday, March 19th. Please contact us at studentservices@meritmusic.org with any questions or to set up an appointment during this time.
Library Notes
Library Open Hours
Monday
   Closed
Tuesday - Thursday
   4 - 7 pm
Friday 
   By appointment only
Saturday 
   9 am - Noon,  12:30 pm - 3 pm
Sunday
   Closed

Instrument Rentals
All Library payments must be paid in full at the time of instrument rental, renewal, or pickup.  No payment plans will be applied to accounts.

For appointments, instrument or rental questions, please contact  Annaeka Johnson via email.
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