April 5, 2018

Earlier this month, five Merit chamber ensembles were named semi-finalists of the  M-PRIZE  international chamber arts competition at the University of Michigan's School of Music, Theatre, & Dance.

Four of the ensembles-Precipice Saxophone Quartet, Purple Hippopotami Flute Quartet, The Bone Rangers, and Visceral Brass Quintet-are participating in the Junior Winds division and competing for a combined $10,000 in prize money.

The fifth Merit ensemble, Sticks and Stones, a percussion group, is participating in the Junior Open division and pursuing a share of the $10,000 prize in that competition category.

The Precipice Saxophone Quartet: Abraham Martinez, Cole Moorhead, Emmett Connolly, Taki Salameh

The Purple Hippopotami Flute Quartet: Sofia Frumkin, Natasha Kozintseva, Michael Mackoff, Elias Nava

The Bone Rangers: Rafael Noriega, Jonah Blaek, Karl Kirkpatrick, Omar Tlatelpa-Nieto

Visceral Brass Quintet: Jake Nitzsche, Aidan Power, Jaila Carr, Daniel Johnson, Joseph Sullivan

Sticks & Stones: Alex Ostrowsk, Justin Petrovych, Shane Ellis, Joe Koziara

The finals will take place in Ann Arbor, Michigan, beginning Friday, May 4 and concluding by Sunday, May 6 at 7 pm EST. All rounds competition will be live-streamed on Detroit Public Television.

One of Merit's signature programs, the Alice S. Pfaezler Tuition-free Conservatory, represents the culmination of Merit's music education continuum for the most accomplished student musicians. Entry is by audition only.

Auditions for new students for Band, Orchestra, Piano, & Choir/Voice will take place on May 5.

Auditions for returning students for Band, Orchestra, Piano, & Choir/Voice will take place on May 12.

Auditions for all students for Jazz and Guitar will also take place on May 12.

Students can visit www.meritmusic.org/auditions  for audition materials and complete an Audition Request Form on Merit's website.

Pianists who are auditioning should visit Merit's website to download additional required duet repertoire. These pieces will be available online starting April 7.
Friday, April 6
Friday morning classes with Ms. Kristen begin for the spring session.

Saturday, April 7 
Saturday morning classes with Ms. Clementina begin for the spring session. 

Regular class day for the 12:30 Music Masters 2 families.

Monday, April 9
11:00 am = Merit Storytime (Gottlieb Hall)

Merit's Storytime series is a FREE  drop-in class for students ages 2  years and above (caregiver  attendance required). Ms. Annaeka  will be hosting class in April. There is  no need to pre-register, just stop by  Merit and bring your friends!

Friday, April 13
CPS School Improvement Day - Regular classes WILL be held at Merit. 

Wednesday, April 18
CPS Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences - Regular classes WILL be held at Merit.

Thursday, April 19
CPS High School Parent/Teacher Conferences - Regular classes WILL be held at Merit.

Friday, April 13
7:00 pm = Julia Seabron Solo Voice Recital (Gottlieb Hall)

Soprano Julia Seabron, student of Carling FitzSimmons, will be performing a 45-minute concert of works by Schumann, Mozart, Gluck, Copland, and Herbert & Smith. This recital is free and all are welcome.

Tuesday, April 10
Wildwood Elementary World Percussion Informances 

9:05 am = 4th grade (Wildwood cafeteria)
10:00 am = 3rd grade (Wildwood cafeteria)

Thursday, April 12
Wildwood Elementary World Percussion Informances

9:00 am = 3rd grade (Wildwood cafeteria)
10:10 am = 5th grade (Wildwood cafeteria)

Saturday, April 7
Piano Students: The required duet repertoire for 2018/19 auditions will be posted online. Please check Merit's website to download the music.

Tuesday, April 24
6:30 pm = Wind Symphony Dress Rehearsal (Gottlieb Hall)

Wednesday, April 25
6:30pm = Symphonic Band Dress Rehearsal (Gottlieb Hall)

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

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

Saturday, April 28
Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory Spring Concerts
9:00 am = Instrumental Ensembles Concert (Gottlieb Hall)
10:30am = Jazz Concert  (Gottlieb Hall)
1:00 pm = Choir Concert (Gottlieb Hall)
3:30pm = Orchestra Concert (Gottlieb Hall)
5:30pm = Piano Duets Concert (Gottlieb Hall)
Sunday, April 29th
2:30 pm = Conservatory Graduation (Gottlieb Hall)
Graduating Seniors need to report by 1:00 pm.

In This Issue
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, April 12 | 4 pm
Saturday, April 14 | 11:30 am

To volunteer for Pizza Days, visit the sign-up link here
Chopin Orchestra Event

On April 4, The Chopin Orchestra took a field trip to Senn High School, where they participated in a side by side rehearsal with members of the Senn Orchestra program.
Student Services Updates
Friday, April 6
Priority Registration is open for summer session classes and lessons. Current students are welcome to claim their spots in summer classes now before Open Registration begins on April 16th. Visit Merit's website to register.

Monday, April 16
Open Registration begins 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
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.

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

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