The MYAC Merit Combo, founded in 2012 and directed by saxophonist Chris Madsen, consists of the top improvisers in the jazz program at Midwest Young Artists Conservatory.  Students in the combo are given a tuition break and the opportunity to act as ambassadors for MYAC, performing at events public and private all around Chicago.  Merit Combo members write and perform their own pieces and arrangements of jazz standard repertoire. The group has collaborated with jazz luminaries John Clayton, Matt Wilson, and Ingrid Jensen.

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