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

All ACPA ensembles will be offered remotely in the 2020-2021 school year. The ensembles open in the 2020-21 school year are:

  • Symphonic Band I and II, (formerly Concert & Symphonic Bands), Grades 4–12
  • Percussion Ensemble, Grades 6–12
  • Jazz Band, Grades 4–12
  • Music & Media Production (formerly New Music), Grades 6–12
  • Orchestra, Grades 6–12
  • Choir, Grades 3–12
  • Elementary Modern Rock Band, Grades 5–8
  • High School Modern Rock Band, Grades 9–12
  • Mariachi, Grades 5–12
  • Dance, Grades 6–12
  • Theatre, Grades 6–12

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.

The deadline for application is September 26, 2020. Students will be notified of their acceptance status on September 30, 2020.


What is All-City Performing Arts?

The All-City Performing Arts Program invites students in grades 3–12 from all across the district to perform and create within music, dance, and theatre ensembles every Saturday throughout the fall and spring semesters.

In school year 2020-21, students at beginning to advanced levels in their art forms are eligible for Winter Ensembles in music, theatre and dance. Beginning on October 3, 2020, students who are accepted rehearse remotely every Saturday, receiving exceptional instruction from highly-qualified CPS teachers. They go on to perform at a Virtual Winter Showcase.

Students from Winter Ensembles may be eligible for nomination to the Spring Ensembles. (Students who were not part of the Winter Ensembles can also apply and audition to join Spring Ensembles.) These students rehearse remotely on Saturdays throughout the Spring semester and go on to perform at a Virtual Spring Showcase. Students who participate are eligible for scholarships to Columbia College.


Questions? Concerns? Email allcityarts@cps.edu or call (773) 553-2110.