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Fischoff Competition Winners: Quartet Fuoco of Midwest Young Artists

The members of Quartet Fuoco were the 2014 Gold Medalists in the Junior Division of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Quartet Fuoco is a chamber ensemble of the Midwest Young Artists Chamber Music Program in Highwood, IL. It’s members, all the principal players in MYA’s Symphony Orchestra, are Rachel Stenzel (17) and Aidan Perreault (16), violins; David Berghoff (18), viola; and Chris Gao (17), cello. They are coached by Mathias Tacke and Shmuel Ashkenasi (formerly more…

Kelly Talim, violin

Kelly was invited to be featured in HBO: Masterclass with Joshua Bell.


Recently, Kelly was invited to be featured in HBO: Masterclass with Joshua Bell and traveled to New York and London in late April to participate in the filming of this show. Earlier in the year, Kelly also received a nomination for the Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Among her other achievements are competing in the more…

Merit School’s Bone Rangers from Ravinia’s Martin Theatre

A rebroadcast of our live broadcast from Ravinia's Martin Theater in July, 2012.

  Rebroadcast from July, 2012. Introductions presented a live broadcast from Ravinia’s Martin Theatre in Highland Park as part of the Kraft Great Kids concert series. Our program featured some of the finest young trombone players from the Merit School of Music in music you never thought possible for this instrument! Musicians: Jacob Mezera Kevin more…

Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Tribute to Lincoln

The Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra performs a concert for Independence Day.

Today we featured the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Randall Swiggum, in a program that paid tribute to Abraham Lincoln. Program: Americans we by Henry Fillmore, arranged for orchestra by Randall Swiggum Overture to La Forza del Destino by Giuseppe Verdi American Civil War Fantasy by Jerry Bilik A Lincoln Portrait by Aaron Copland more…

LIVE: Max Farbman, 18, marimba

Max was a member of MYA for 6 years, and this year was awarded the Barbara Butler/Charles Geyer Named Merit Scholarship.


Max Farbman is 18 years old and began his percussion studies at the age of 13. He is currently a student of Lia DeRoin and is a member of the Midwest Young Artists (MYA) Symphony Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble. Max has been a student at MYA for 6 years, and this year was awarded the more…

LIVE: Make Music Chicago from Nichols Concert Hall

We'll celebrate Make Music Chicago at Nichols Concert Hall.

Don’t miss this special broadcast from the Music Institute of Chicago’s Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston, part of Make Music Chicago, a worldwide celebration of live music.

Highland Park High School Wind Symphony

Highland Park High School Wind Symphony

Members of the Highland Park High School Band reflect on Dr. James Hile’s last year as band director.

LIVE: Tabitha Oh, violin

Tabitha Oh is one of the concertmasters of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra.


Tabitha Oh, 18, is a senior at the University of Chicago Laboratory High School. She studies the violin with Desiree Ruhstrat of the Grammy-nominated Lincoln Trio. This is Tabitha’s fourth year as a member of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra where she serves as one of three concertmasters. Recent prizes include first place in the more…

Amber Scherer, 17, piano

Amber Scherer has been honored by competitions at the national and even international scale, including the Music Teachers National Association Competition, the Sejong Cultural Society National Music Competition and the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition.

Starting in 2010 – the year of her first-place wins in the Society of American Musicians Competition, the Illinois State Music Teachers’ Association (ISMTA) Duet Competition, and the Midwest Young Artists National Concerto Competition – pianist Amber Scherer began competing seriously. Since then, she has been honored by competitions at the national and even international more…

LIVE: Bone Rangers Trombone Quartet of the Merit School of Music

The members of the Bone Rangers are students at the Merit School's Tuition-Free Conservatory.


The Bone Rangers are the honors trombone quartet of the Merit School of Music’s Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-Free Conservatory.