Music Festivals are a long-standing tradition within CPS. For over 90 years, these festivals have allowed students from across the city to perform prepared pieces and receive constructive feedback from established music adjudicators and clinicians. Festivals that CPS students can participate in:

  • Piano Solo (grades 4–12)
  • Instrumental Solo & Ensemble (grades 4–12)
  • Vocal Solo & Ensemble (grades 4–12)
  • Elementary Choir (grades K–8)
  • High School Choir (grades 9–12)
  • Elementary Band & Orchestra (grades 4–8)
  • High School Band & Orchestra (grades 9–12)
  • Mariachi (grades K–12)
  • Jazz (grades 9–12. NOTE: this festival is hosted by the Jazz Institute of Chicago.  Click here for more information.)

Register for 2020 Music Festivals!

Directors and parents can register students for 2020 Music Festivals by clicking below. Registration is open now for select sites (see below).

IMPORTANT FESTIVAL UPDATES

Due to district COVID-19 guidelines, the following Music Festivals have been cancelled:

HS Band & Orchestra #1, March 14, 2020, NEIU
HS Band & Orchestra #2, March 31, 2020, U of Illinois at Chicago
HS Band & Orchestra #3, April 25, 2020, Lane Tech
HS Choir Festival #1, April 25, 2020, NEIU

The CPS Department of Arts Education will continue to update participants on any cancellations in the coming weeks.


Important Dates and Information for 2020 Music Festivals

INSTRUMENTAL, VOCAL, AND PIANO SOLO & ENSEMBLE

Registration Deadline: REGISTRATION CLOSED
Festival Date: March 7, 2020
Location: Northeastern Illinois University


HIGH SCHOOL BAND AND ORCHESTRA

HS Band & Orchestra Festival #1

UPDATE: Based on district and state guidelines around COVID-19, this festival has been cancelled. Please email musicfestivals@cps.edu with any questions or concerns.

Festival Date: March 14, 2020
Location: Northeastern Illinois University
Fees: $175.00/ensemble

HS Band and Orchestra Festival #2

UPDATE: Based on district and state guidelines around COVID-19, this festival has been cancelled. Please email musicfestivals@cps.edu with any questions or concerns.

Festival Date: March 31, 2020
Location: University of Illinois at Chicago
Fees: $175.00/ensemble

HS Band and Orchestra Festival #3

UPDATE: Based on district and state guidelines around COVID-19, this festival has been cancelled. Please email musicfestivals@cps.edu with any questions or concerns.

Festival Date: April 25, 2020
Location: Lane Tech HS
Fees: $175.00/ensemble


HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR

HS Choir Festival #1

UPDATE: Based on district and state guidelines around COVID-19, this festival has been cancelled. Please email musicfestivals@cps.edu with any questions or concerns.

Festival Date: April 25, 2020
Location: Northeastern Illinois University
Fees: $175.00/ensemble

HS Choir Festival #2
Registration Deadline: REGISTRATION CLOSED
Festival Date: May 1, 2020
Location: VanderCook College of Music
Fees: $175.00/ensemble


ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BAND AND ORCHESTRA

ES Band & Orchestra Festival #1
Registration Deadline
: REGISTRATION CLOSED
Festival Date: May 1, 2020
Location: Lowell Elementary
Fees: $175.00/ensemble

ES Band & Orchestra Festival #2
Registration Deadline: REGISTRATION CLOSED
Festival Date: June 4, 2020
Location: Schurz High School
Fees: $175.00/ensemble


ELEMENTARY CHOIR

Elementary Choir Festival #1
Registration Deadline
: REGISTRATION CLOSED
Festival Date: May 7, 2020
Location: Lowell Elementary
Fees: $175.00/ensemble

Elementary Choir Festival #2
Registration Deadline
: Registration open until site is at capacity
Festival Date: June 3, 2020
Location: Curie HS
Fees: $175.00/ensemble


MARIACHI

MARIACHI FESTIVAL
Registration Deadline: REGISTRATION CLOSED
Festival Date: May 2, 2020
Location: VanderCook College of Music
Fees: $175 Performance Onstage with Feedback
           $75 Student Clinic Participation Only
           $25 Director Workshop Participation Only


JAZZ IN THE CHI / REGIONAL ESSENTIALLY ELLINGTON FESTIVAL

This festival is hosted by the Jazz Institute of Chicago in partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center. REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

Registration Deadline: December 16, 2019
Festival Date: February 22, 2020 
Location: Whitney Young High School

To register, or to access Jazz Festival Rules and Procedures, click here

For more information or questions about this Festival, email Education Associates Michael Nearpass (michael@jazzinchicago.org) or John Foster at (john@jazzinchicago.org), or call 312-427-1676.


General Music Festival Resources

The CPS Music Festivals Master Handbook: This handbook collects the general policies and procedures for ALL festivals and offers information to help guide repertoire decisions.

Sample Adjudication Forms 2019: Download samples of adjudication forms for last year’s festivals.