April 26, 2018

Merit's 27th annual MeritFest is coming up! On May 7 and May 14, our Merit Music in Communities students will come together for a large, end-of-the year performance. 

Join us at Symphony Center (220 S. Michigan Ave) and enjoy amazing performances from the talented musicans all around the Chicagoland area. 


Four-time Grammy award-winning percussionist
Matthew Duvall  of  Eighth Blackbird  will perform a special, interactive concert at Merit School of Music alongside 25 Merit musicians. The program, "Child of Tree," will explore the relationships of humans to the natural world through energetic, nature-inspired percussion music and staged interactions. 

The program has been rescheduled to take place at  7:00 pm on  Friday, May 4 in  Gottlieb Hall. Tickets for the concert range from $10-20. Come see and support these students who will have the amazing opportunity to perform with Matthew Duvall during this event. Purchase tickets  here.


On May 18, Merit School of Music will celebrate two decades of Suzuki-Alegre Strings, and YOU'RE INVITED! 

Join us at Zebraz18 (1104 W. 18th Street) from 5:30 to 10:00 pm for food, drinks, fun, special performances by Merit students. Tickets are $20, but Alegre students and alums can get a 50% discount by using promo code 'ALEGRE'. See you there!

Don't forget to grab your tickets for Merit's 4th Annual Family Concert featuring Two of a Kind on Saturday, June 9th. 
  • Early Bird Discount: Tickets are only $5 if purchased before June 2nd. 
  • Family Discount: Buy three tickets, get one free (use promo code "TKB3")
Click here to purchase tickets.

Summer Session Registration
Summer registration is open and classes are filling fast! Register today to reserve your spot in your first-choice day and time!

Saturday, April 28
7:15 pm = Private Lesson Recital featuring piano students of 
                  Toshiko Suzuki (Gottlieb Hall)

Thursday, April 26
6:30pm = Merit Philharmonic Dress Rehearsal (Gottlieb Hall)

Friday, April 27
Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory Spring Concerts
5:30 pm = Band Call Time
7:30 pm = Band Concert (Gottlieb Hall)

Saturday, April 28
Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory Spring Concerts
8:00 am = Instrumental Ensembles Call Time
9:00 am = Instrumental Ensembles Concert (Gottlieb Hall)
10:00 am = Jazz Call Time
10:30 am = Jazz Concert  (Gottlieb Hall)
11:00 am = Conservatory Choir Call Time (Foreman Hall)
11:30 am = Concert Choir Call Time (Foreman Hall)
1:00 pm = Vocal Ensembles Concert (Gottlieb Hall)
1:30 pm = String Orchestra Call Time
2:15 pm = Merit Philharmonic Call Time
3:30 pm = Orchestra Concert (Gottlieb Hall)
5:20 pm = Piano Duet Concert Call Time
5:30 pm = Piano Duets Concert (Gottlieb Hall) 
Sunday, April 29
2:30 pm = Conservatory Graduation (Gottlieb Hall)
Graduating Seniors need to report by 1:00 pm.

In This Issue
Special Events
Merit piano faculty member, Weiwen Ma, will be a featured performer in the Vancouver International Music Competition Winners Tour in Chicago concert at Symphony Center on Saturday, May 12th. Discounted tickets are available to Merit students (use discount code "vimc20").

 Click here to purchase tickets.

Student Success
Steven Baloue & Joshua Mhoon
Congratulations to Conservatory students Steven Baloue and accompanist Joshua Mhoon for winning both the local and regional rounds of the 2018 Talent Hunt Competition. As the winners of the local division of the competition earlier this March, Steven and Joshua represented Chicago at the Tenth
District regional level in  Novi, Michigan on  Friday, April 20th.  Placing in first again,  they will now progress  on to the international  level this July in New  Orleans.  Congratulations on  your success and Merit  wishes you the best of  luck this summer!

Henry Lunn

Conservatory Senior Henry Lunn participated in  Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago's Spring Master Class with renowned coach and pianist,  Martin Katz.

Anton Escano
Congratulations to Conservatory senior Anton Escano for winning first place in the senior division of the 
NWSMTA Awards Competition on April 15th. Anton studies with Ms. Elena Doubovitskaya in the Conservatory and will be attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne  to study piano performance in the fall.

Merit Board Member Raises Over $4,000 Participating In Special Event!
Associate Board member, Nishad Parmar, participated in a Dincert (dinner + concert) on April 14th, raising over $4,000. The event featured a variety of Indian classical music, including Nishad's performance on the Tabla. Thank you for your support and creativity!
Student Services Updates
Open Registration for Summer Session 
Open Registration is now open for summer session classes  and lessons. New and current families are welcome to register.

Regular Office Hours
Monday - Thursday 
   2:30 - 6:30 pm
   10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Additional appointments available by request.

Email   studentservices@meritmusic.org   if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment.

Library Notes
Library Open Hours
  By Appointment only
Tuesday - Thursday
   4 - 7 pm
   By appointment only
   9 am - Noon,  12:30 pm - 3 pm

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.

If you borrow your instrument from the Library, renew your Library instrument loan by May 31 for the summer! 

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

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