Merit School of Music

Gala 2020


Unfortunately, in light of the continually evolving situation with coronavirus (COVID-19) and growing concerns for the safety and well-being of our community, we are no longer able to host our in-person Gala scheduled for May 5 at the Four Seasons.  However, that does not mean that we must cancel our celebration of Merit and our transformative work altogether. Please stay tuned for details on our Virtual Gala on May 5 where you will have online access to some amazing musical performances and testimonial by our students.

We appreciate your patience, understanding, and continued commitment to Merit.

Alice S. Pfaelzer Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts:
Richard Colburn

Merit School of Music Award for Citizen Artistry:
Civitas Ensemble

Honorary Co-chairs:
Barbara Greis and Howard Gottlieb
Judy and Verne Istock
Helen and Richard Thomas

Merit is dedicated to helping young people transform their lives by removing barriers to a high-quality music education, with nearly 70 percent of students benefitting from need-based financial aid and low-cost instrument rental. Merit enables motivated students, regardless of economic circumstance, to develop their talent and to use music as a springboard for achieving their full personal potential, with virtually 100 percent of our conservatory graduates going onto college or university.

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