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.


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.