The OLCHS Music Department is very excited to announce that six students were admitted into the tuition free conservatory program at the Merit School of Music in Chicago. Congratulations to Francisco Alicandro (trumpet), Brandon Bidochka (guitar), Ivan De La Cruz (guitar), Andrew Moreno (bass), Ian Palacios (bass), and Justin Pryzbycien (guitar).
The students auditioned in May hoping to be accepted into the prestigious program. In order to be admitted, students had to pass an audition with members of their faculty. The auditions were open to high school students in the Chicago area and only the best students are selected. When students are admitted to the program, they attend class every Saturday, have private lessons with professional jazz musicians, meet other high school jazz players, and perform regularly at different venues around Chicago. Congratulations Spartans!