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 Chorus (grades K–8)
  • High School Chorus (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.)

Registration for Music Festivals 2019

Directors and parents can register students for all 2019 festivals (except for the Jazz festival) by clicking the button below:


Apply to be a Festival Adjudicator or Clinician

The Department of Arts Education is looking for teachers, teaching artists, and other arts educators to apply to be Adjudicators and Clinicians for the 2019 Music Festivals.  These are paid positions. Download the application information here:


Important Dates and Materials for Music Festivals 2019

INSTRUMENTAL SOLO & ENSEMBLE

Registration Deadline: January 18, 2019
Festival Date: February 23, 2019
Location: Westinghouse College Prep HS
Fees: Solo = $13.00 | Ensemble (2–16 students) = $10/student


VOCAL AND PIANO SOLO & ENSEMBLE

Registration Deadline: January 18, 2019
Festival Date: March 9, 2019
Location: Franklin Fine Arts Center
Fees: Solo = $13.00 | Ensemble (2–16 students) = $10/student


HIGH SCHOOL BAND AND ORCHESTRA

HS Band & Orchestra Festival #1
Registration Deadline: January 18, 2019
Festival Date: March 23, 2019
Location: Curie HS
Fees: $175.00/ensemble

HS Band and Orchestra Festival #2
Registration Deadline: January 18, 2019
Festival Date: March 30, 2019
Location: Schurz HS
Fees: $175.00/ensemble

HS Band and Orchestra Festival #3
Registration Deadline: January 18, 2019
Festival Date: April 27, 2019
Location: Lane Tech HS
Fees: $175.00/ensemble


HIGH SCHOOL CHORAL

HS Choral Festival #1
Registration Deadline: January 18, 2019
Festival Date: March 16, 2019
Location: Von Steuben HS
Fees: $175.00/ensemble

HS Choral Festival #2
Registration Deadline: January 18, 2019
Festival Date: April 27, 2019
Location: Kenwood HS
Fees: $175.00/ensemble


ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BAND AND ORCHESTRA

ES Band & Orchestra Festival #1
Registration Deadline: January 18, 2019
Festival Date: March 30, 2019
Location: Saucedo Elementary
Fees: $175.00/ensemble

ES Band & Orchestra Festival #2
Registration Deadline: January 18, 2019
Festival Date: May 9, 2019
Location: Lowell Elementary
Fees: $175.00/ensemble


ELEMENTARY CHORAL

Registration Deadline: January 18, 2019
Festival Date: May 1, 2019
Location: Curie HS
Fees: $175.00/ensemble


MARIACHI

MARIACHI FESTIVAL
Registration Deadline: March 1, 2019
Festival Date: June 1, 2019
Location: Gary Elementary
Fees: $175 Performance Onstage with Feedback
           $75 Student Clinic Participation Only
           $25 Director Workshop Participation Only

NOTE: A Mariachi Festival handbook is currently in development. Draft policies and procedures can be found in the CPS Music Festival Master Handbook 2019 (download below).


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 Deadline: December 22, 2018
Festival Date: February 16, 2019 
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 collects the general policies and procedures for ALL festivals and offers information to help guide repertoire decisions.

The Festival Director Checklist provides a useful month-by-month “to do” list for Directors.