Spring Ensemble Rehearsal Dates and Times

All rehearsals are held on Saturdays at Jones College Prep High School, 700 S. State Street, Chicago, IL.

All ACPA students (or their parents/guardians) should report any absence through the Absence Reporting form below at least 24 hours before rehearsal (unless they have an emergency). Students with more than three (3) unreported absences may be dismissed from their ensemble.


Concert Band
High School Modern Band
Jazz Band
Elementary Modern Band
New Music
Symphonic Band


February 2
February 9
February 16 (Blue Lake Auditions; see below)
February 23
February 30
March 2
March 9
March 16
March 23
March 30
April 6
April 27*
May 4*
May 11*
May 18: Dress Rehearsal for all students, 10am-3pm
May 19: Spring Showcase (time TBA)

*Additional Finale rehearsal time 12pm-1pm

Spring Performance Information

CPS students from the Regional North and South/Loop ensembles come together in this final performance in downtown Chicago to celebrate and showcase their talents in theatre, dance, and music.

May 19, 2019 | Time TBD
Harris Theater for Music and Dance
205 E. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL

Further details on the Spring Showcase coming soon!

Special ACPA Student Opportunity: Audition for Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp

The Department of Arts Education is pleased to offer All-City students in grades 5–12 a special opportunity to audition for Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, a summer school of the arts located on a 1,600 acre campus in Michigan’s Manistee National Forest.

Students can audition at Jones College Prep on February 16, 2019 from 9:00am–3:30pm.* Walk-in auditions are possible, but are first-come first-serve. Below are the requirements for auditions. (NOTE: Dance students will need to contact Blue Lake to schedule off-site auditions.)

  • Music (Band, Jazz, Orchestra, or Chorus), grades 5 -12: Students should perform a piece that shows them at their best (2 minutes max)
  • Theatre, grades 5–12: Students should perform a piece that shows them at their best (2 minutes max)
  • Visual Art, grades 5–12: Students should bring a portfolio of work  

*There will also be a short meeting at 12:00pm on February 16th at Jones for students and families to receive more information on the camp and available scholarships. All interested students may attend this meeting, but only Music, Theatre, and Visual Art students can audition the same day.

Visit this link to register for an audition time.

2018-19 Regional All-City Performing Arts Showcases

The 2018-19 Regional All-City Performing Arts Showcases were a tremendous success! CPS students in grades 3–12 from all over the district spent every Saturday during the fall and winter rehearsing for these regional celebrations of theatre, dance, and music.

Ensembles in Dance, Theatre, Chorus, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, Jazz, New Music, and Modern Band presented their work at Schurz and Jones High Schools on December 15, 2018.

Daniela Lopez from ChiArts sings lead vocal in the High School Modern Band at the All-City Regional Showcase on her original composition, “On My Own.”

Additional All-City Resources

ACPA Student and Staff Handbooks

ACPA staff, parents/guardians, and students can access ACPA policies and procedures by clicking below.

ACPA Student Information, Media Release, and Consent Forms

Parents/guardians and students can access English and Spanish copies of these ACPA forms by clicking either button below:

  • Student Information Form
  • Media Release Form
  • Consent for Bulk Text Notifications and Alerts

Jazz and New Music Ensembles are still accepting applicants for 2018-19. Please email allcityarts@cps.edu to register!