The All-City Performing Arts Program (ACPA) is one of the oldest traditions in CPS, going into its 57th 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.


2020–21 All-City Performing Arts Program

The All-City Performing Arts Program (ACPA) will be offered remotely in the 2020-2021 school year. 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. The ACPA ensembles offered 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

Interested in joining this year’s ensembles? Are you already enrolled and looking for information about your ensemble? Click below to access information about the 2020-21 All-City Performing Arts program, including student placement/audition information and rehearsal schedules.