About the Merit Scholar Program

The Merit Scholar Program supports students who show a high degree of dedication to their craft and are looking to take their musical studies to a deeper level. This select group of students is admitted to the program through annual auditions and receives additional performance, ensemble and other learning opportunities. Merit Scholars are regarded as ambassadors of CSMA’s Music School and have been accepted into some of the nation’s most prestigious music programs including The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory for Music and Berklee College of Music.

Eligibility for Merit Scholar Program

To be considered, a student must meet the following requirements:

  • Be an elementary, middle or high school student
  • Be a private lesson student at CSMA for a minimum of two full, consecutive semesters prior to the audition date in June
  • Be recommended for the program by their private lesson instructor
  • Submit a personal statement
  • Prepare and perform a formal audition

Auditions for the 2023/2024 Merit Scholars Program will be held June 1-3, 2023. Audition requirements and materials will be released in February 2023.

Merit Scholars Music Program

Performances & Masterclasses

CSMA Merit Scholars perform regularly in community outreach concerts. Past venues have included:

  • CSMA’s Annual Gala
  • Computer History Museum
  • The Forum at Rancho San Antonio Community Center
  • Hidden Villa
  • Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Retirement Home
  • Menlo Presbyterian Church
  • The Sequoias Portola Valley
  • The Terraces at Los Altos

Master classes by critically acclaimed musicians have included:

  • Ning Feng
  • Igudsman & Joo
  • Liang Liang
  • Tory Ross
  • Taylor Eigsti

Our teacher is very patient, supportive and wise. She fosters a positive learning environment.