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Sep 12, 2011
Lyric Opera of Chicago revealed details of a new collaboration between the world-renowned opera company and Merit School of Music during a media conference at the school on Monday, September 12.
This collaboration will benefit teens in a new opera and musical theater solo voice major at Merit's Alice S. Pfaelzer tuition-free conservatory. Other Merit students will also participate in Lyric offerings.
Since Lyric announced the initiative, plans have solidified for a long-term collaboration between Lyric Opera and the highly regarded community music school based on the near-west side of Chicago. A large percentage of Merit students receive instruction tuition-free or highly subsidized.
Founded in 1979 when the Chicago Public Schools eliminated music from the elementary-school curriculum, Merit School of Music currently serves 6,000 Chicago-area youth from infancy through age 18. It is regarded as a principal leader in providing high quality music education and life-changing experiences for Chicago-area children through music. Classes are held in Merit's Joy Faith Knapp Music Center, the 40,000 squ-foot state-of-the-art main facility in the West Loop; and in more than 50 locations throughout Chicago and northwest Indiana. These include public schools, private and parochial schools, community centers, and homeless shelters.
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