In school year 2020-21, All-City Performing Arts Ensembles will rehearse and perform remotely until further notice.

Apply for 2020-21 All-City Performing Arts

Students in grades 3–12 (or parents/guardians of students) at any CPS school—neighborhood, charter, contract, or options—may apply to join the 2020-21 All-City Performing Arts Ensembles!

All ACPA ensembles will be offered remotely in 2020-2021. Here are the ensembles offered (along with application closing dates):

ENSEMBLEAPPLICATION CLOSING DATE (Fall 2020)
Symphonic Band I and II, (formerly Concert & Symphonic Bands), Grades 4–12November 7, 2020
Percussion Ensemble, Grades 6–12October 24, 2020
Jazz Band, Grades 4–12October 31, 2020
Music & Media Production (formerly New Music), Grades 6–12October 16, 2020
Orchestra, Grades 6–12Rolling admissions
Choir, Grades 3–12October 17, 2020
Elementary Modern Rock Band, Grades 5–8October 24, 2020
High School Modern Rock Band, Grades 9–12October 24, 2020
Mariachi, Grades 5–12October 24, 2020
Dance, Grades 6–12October 24, 2020
Theatre, Grades 6–12October 16, 2020

Priority will be given to students who do not have access to in-school arts education at their home schools. Instruments and other materials will be distributed to students after enrollment is closed.

Students will be asked to submit a virtual audition video or set up an interview time for the ensemble(s) to which they apply. Ensemble directors will reach with the next steps upon completion of the application form.

IMPORTANT: Please make sure that you read the placement materials and experience guidelines for each ensemble before applying, and be sure to complete all portions of the application carefully.

Directors will reach out with next steps and Google Classroom/Meet details after you apply. Students will be notified of their acceptance on a rolling basis.


ACPA Student and Staff Resources

ACPA Student and Staff Handbook

Policies and procedures for ACPA staff, parents/guardians, and students.


Student Absence Reporting Form

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


ACPA Student Information, Media Release, and Consent Forms

Parents/guardians and students can access packets of these ACPA forms by clicking below:

  • Student Information Form
  • Release of Liability, DAE Media Consent, Authorized Pickups, and Participation Form
  • CPS Media Consent and Release Form
  • Consent for Bulk Text Notifications and Alerts

SY2020-21 Student Information, Media Release, and Consent Forms are forthcoming.