Address: 2714 W Augusta Blvd, Chicago, IL 60622
Website: chiarts.org
Contact: ChiArts Admissions | admissions@chiarts.org
Program(s) offered: Dance, Creative Writing, Music – Voice, Music – Instrumental, Theatre – Acting, Theatre – Musical Theatre, Visual Arts
School Type: Contract

The Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts) develops the next generation of diverse, artistically promising scholar-artists through intensive pre-professional training in the arts, combined with a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum. ChiArts offers conservatories in dance, music, theatre, visual arts, and creative writing. 

SY20-21 Informational Sessions: 11/5/2020, 11/18/2020, 12/5/2020

To Apply: Please visit GoCPS to apply to ChiArts. 

Additional Information: Please see the Audition Requirements section of the ChiArts website for details on audition requirements for each program, including how to submit materials. Please note: all audition materials must be submitted digitally.

Dance

The ChiArts Dance Conservatory is designed to give dancers a strong foundation in classical ballet, modern dance techniques, and exposure to a variety of dance styles that will be beneficial in their journey to the professional stage. Our scholar-artists receive professional training from top-notch faculty who are globally recognized teachers, performers, and choreographers.

Creative Writing

Students in the ChiArts Creative Writing Program undergo rigorous study to learn the foundations of writing and the development of individual voice and polished work. The program will consist of training in the elements of Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Nonfiction.

Music – Voice

The Music Conservatory at ChiArts provides students of varying levels of previous musical training with an intensive and comprehensive course of study in vocal music, with a concentration on classical and jazz genres. Students study music theory, music history, including non-Western forms, aural skills, music technology, and choir. Vocal performance majors receive training in vocal techniques, experience in ensembles, keyboard skills, acting, and movement. All music students also participate in a Professional Development seminar during their senior year in order to reflectively prepare themselves for success in the next steps of their musical journeys.

Music – Instrumental

The Music Conservatory at ChiArts provides students of varying levels of previous musical training with an intensive and comprehensive course of study in instrumental music, with a concentration on classical and jazz genres. Students study music theory, music history, including non-Western forms, aural skills, music technology, and choir. Instrumental performance majors undertake rigorous study of the technique and repertoire of their instrument through classes and ensembles. All music students also participate in a Professional Development seminar during their senior year in order to reflectively prepare themselves for success in the next steps of their musical journeys.

Theatre – Acting

The ChiArts Theatre Conservatory offers a rigorous program of instruction at the highest artistic and academic level. The program has a mission to prepare students for admission into competitive college/university programs and/or to work in the profession. Students in the Theatre Conservatory have the unique experience of working with a range of artists from the Chicago theatre community, giving them unique insights into and experiences with professionals in the field. The Acting major focuses on a progression of study that includes acting, voice and speech, movement, history of theatre practice and literature, stage production and design, periods and styles, and devising new work.

Theatre – Musical Theatre

The ChiArts Theatre Conservatory offers a rigorous program of instruction at the highest artistic and academic level. The program has a mission to prepare students for admission into competitive college/university programs and/or to work in the profession. Students in the Theatre Conservatory have the unique experience of working with a range of artists from the Chicago theatre community, giving them unique insights into and experiences with professionals in the field. The Musical Theatre major works with faculty from the Theatre, Music and Dance conservatories, and focuses on a progression of study that includes acting, vocal technique, dance, music theory, keyboard, chorale, the history of musical theatre practice and literature, stage production and design, and devising new work. 

Visual Arts

The Visual Arts program at ChiArts begins with foundational instruction, including an emphasis upon essential art making skills and understandings, and progresses toward more complex concepts, including critical analysis of visual culture and the fostering of independent work. The program challenges and empowers students to develop their own aesthetic as each matures into an innovative artist and critical thinker.