The All-City Performing Arts Program (ACPA) is one of the oldest traditions in CPS, going into its 58th year. Any CPS student in grades 3–12 at beginning to advanced levels in their art forms are eligible to join districtwide music, theater and dance ensembles.

Students rehearse each Saturday during the fall semester, receiving exceptional instruction from highly-qualified CPS arts educators and local teaching artists. They go on to perform in a Winter Showcase in December.

Students from Winter Ensembles may be eligible for nomination to the All-­City Performing Arts Ensembles, who rehearse on Saturdays throughout the spring semester. They go on to perform at a Spring Showcase in May. Students who participate are eligible for scholarships to Columbia College.

When rehearsals are in-person, All-City students are offered free breakfast and lunch.


2021–22 All-City Performing Arts Program

Click below to access information about the 2021-22 All-City Performing Arts program, including student placement/audition information and rehearsal schedules.


Watch the 2021 All-City Performing Arts Spring Showcase!

For a second year running, our All-City Performing Arts directors moved their ensemble rehearsals to a virtual format so that dedicated CPS students across the district could continue to dance, sing, play, and perform together. Months of their inventive and tireless work have culminated in the 2020-21 All City Performing Arts Virtual Spring Showcase, which premiered on June 11th, 2020 on YouTube.

This showcase spotlights the talents of over 150 elementary and high school students from 114 CPS schools across the district who have participated virtually in Modern Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Percussion, Orchestra, Choir, Music & Media Production, Theatre, and Dance ensembles throughout the entirety of the 2020-21 school year. This event carries on a vibrant CPS tradition that has thrived for 57 years!

We are so proud of our All-City students for their resilience, hard work, creativity, and imagination. We also extend our deepest thanks to the All-City directors for creating space and time for students to express themselves and connect with each other, and to all the parents and family members for supporting and nurturing the passions and creativity of their children.

Watch the 2021 Spring Showcase!

If you have questions about the All-City Performing Arts Program, please email allcityarts@cps.edu or call (773) 553-2170.