More than 300 top students from Merit School of Music's Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory will play on...and on...and on at the school’s upcoming Performathon, a free, 12-hour marathon fundraiser taking place 7:30 p.m., Friday, February 26 and 6 p.m.,  Saturday, February 27.

Parents and children interested in performances by outstanding young musicians are invited to drop by anytime during the event at Merit's state-of-the-art venue in Chicago's West Loop, the Joy Faith Knapp Center (38 S. Peoria St.). The school's top young musicians and ensembles - from all areas of the city, and who attend the conservatory at no charge - will be performing classical and jazz selections live and non-stop on two stages for nearly 12 hours.

In addition to offering hours of inspiring free performances, Performathon doubles as the Merit Parent Association's top annual fundraiser to support the school's nationally renowned conservatory program. Dozens of parent volunteers will be on-site helping raise funds to keep Merit's Conservatory tuition-free via a raffle, Merit merchandise sales, an ethnic food fair and national online silent auction.

Presenting Sponsor for Merit's 34th annual Performathon is the Baskin Family Foundation. Other major sponsors for the event include (at press time) Jennifer Montague, J.P. and Colleen Fowler, FASTSIGNS-Lincolnwood, David Kalt, Boris and Sandra Kozintsev, among other area supporters.

For more information about Performathon and the weekend's full concert schedule, visit or call (312) 786-9428.


Merit Students to Give Round-the-Clock Performances in the School's 2016 Performathon

Merit School of Music choral ensemble in the school's 2015 Performathon fundraiser (photo courtesy of Merit School of Music).