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All-City Performing Arts 2016-17

This program—one of the oldest traditions in CPS, going into its 54th year—attracts students from across all regions at the elementary and high school levels.  Students will participate in music, theater and dance ensembles each Saturday during the fall semester, and then go on to perform in a full production at our Regional Showcase on January 21st 2017. Students from the regional ensembles may then be eligible for nomination to the All-­City Performing Arts Ensembles  which will perform at the Harris Theater for Music & Dance at the Spring Showcase May 21st 2017.

Students: APPLY HERE (closes Oct 7, 2016)

Interested in being an All-City Director?  APPLY HERE (closes Sept 16, 2016)

All-City Performing Arts Ensembles include:

  • Elementary Chorus (grade 3-8)
  • Elementary Band (grade 4-8)
  • High School Band
  • High School Chorus
  • High School Jazz
  • Orchestra (grade 5-12)
  • Theatre (grade 8-12)
  • Dance (grade 8-12)
  • NEW ALT-City (grade 6-12)
  • NEW Modern Rock Band (grade 5-12)

Regional All-City Ensembles rehearse and perform at two School Sites:

Regional All City Schedule Landscape

CPS Jazz Groups to perform at Chicago Jazz Festival


Chicago Community Trust – Roof Top Jazz
(at the Harris Theater Rooftop Terrace, Millennium Park)

11:30 – 12:00  Lenart and Harold Washington Elementary  School Jazz Combos
12:15 – 12:45  Jones College Prep Jazz Combo
1:00 – 1:30     Whitney Young Magnet High School Jazz Combo
2:00 – 2:40     Curie High School Jazz Ensemble
2:55 – 3:35     Pritzker College Prep Jazz Ensemble
3:50 – 4:30     Kenwood Academy Jazz Ensemble

All performing groups received SUPERIOR ratings at the CPS Jazz Festival this year, and the stage is supported by the Chicago Community Trust and programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago.

Come out this Labor Day weekend to support our CPS musicians!

Music Donation – Thank You!

The Department of Arts Education would like to thank Laura Johnson from Glenbard North High School in Carol Stream!  She generously indexed and donated over 30 boxes of choral sheet music and music curricular materials to Chicago Public Schools.  Teachers and schools will be able to borrow these materials district-wide, and we wanted to recognize Laura’s incredible charity!

#KeepTheArts Video

Click here to view #KeepTheArts advocacy video

Now that school budgets have been released, this is the time to #KeepTheArts in our Chicago Public Schools.  Please view the video created by our partner organization, Ingenuity Chicago.

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