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Won Joins Merit as Conservatory Director

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Sep 12, 2012
Chicago, IL

Daniel Won join Merit School of Music (Chicago, IL) this September as the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory director. In this role, he will lead the school’s conservatory, working with the dean of programs, faculty, parents and students to ensure clear communication and support for the audition-based, college-preparatory program. Won previously served seven years as facilities manager for DePaul University’s School of Music, coordinating more than 300 annual concerts and overseeing all performance operations and educational facilities. As an educator, he has taught private clarinet lessons for more than 15 years and is currently an active mentor for Chicago Sinfonietta’s Project Inclusion program, a fellowship program that provides scholarships, career planning and performance opportunities to young minority musicians.

The Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory represents the best of Merit School of Music's talented student musicians.  Students enter by placement audition, and in return for their hard work, dedication and discipline, Merit provides the Conservatory experience tuition free.

About Merit School of Music

Since its founding in 1979, Merit School of Music has successfully motivated and inspired more than 50,000 young people with high-quality music instruction. Our non-profit community music school is based at the Joy Faith Knapp Music Center in Chicago’s West Loop, and we also provide programs at nearly 50 locations in Chicago’s neighborhoods.  Our skilled faculty provides a multi-leveled, structured curriculum to youth—from newborns to teens—regardless of their ability to pay. Merit transforms the lives of Chicago-area youth by providing the highest quality music education – with a focus on underserved communities – inspiring young people to achieve their full musical and personal potential.

Merit offers a continuum of programs including Early Childhood Classes, Instrumental Music Instruction, Private Lessons and the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory, for the most advanced and motivated young musicians in a college preparatory environment. In recent years, some of Merit’s talented students and alumni have played at Chicago’s 2011 Lollapalooza, President Obama and Chicago Mayor Emanuel’s inauguration ceremonies, and hold principal chairs in the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera, to name a few.

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