Music Festivals are a long-standing tradition within CPS. These opportunities allow students from across the city to experience performing prepared pieces and receiving constructive feedback from established music adjudicators. 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)

Now Accepting Applications for Music Festival Adjudicators and Clinicians!

The Department of Arts Education is looking for teachers, teaching artists, and other arts educators to apply to be Adjudicators and Clinicians for the following CPS Music Festivals:

  • Vocal and Piano Solo and Ensemble (one Festival per year)
  • Instrumental Solo and Ensemble (one Festival per year)
  • High School Chorus (two Festivals per year)
  • Elementary Chorus (two Festivals per year)
  • High School Band/Orchestra (three Festivals per year)
  • Elementary Band/Orchestra  (two Festivals per year)
  • Mariachi (one Festival per year)

These are paid positions. Download the application information here:


Important Dates for Music Festivals 2018–19

Please note: Mariachi and Jazz Festival dates are still TBD.

INSTRUMENTAL SOLO & ENSEMBLE
Registration Deadline: January 11, 2019
Festival Date: February 23, 2019
Location: Westinghouse College Prep HS
Fees: Solo = $13.00 | Ensemble (2–16 students) = $10/student

CHORAL AND PIANO SOLO & ENSEMBLE
Registration Deadline: January 11, 2019
Festival Date: March 9, 2019
Location: Franklin Fine Arts Center
Fees: Solo = $13.00 | Ensemble (2–16 students) = $10/student

HIGH SCHOOL BAND & ORCHESTRA #1
Registration Deadline: January 11, 2019
Festival Date: March 30, 2019
Location: Schurz HS
Fees: $175.00/ensemble

HIGH SCHOOL BAND & ORCHESTRA #2
Registration Deadline: January 11, 2019
Festival Date: April 27, 2019
Location: Lane Tech HS
Fees: $175.00/ensemble

HIGH SCHOOL CHORUS #1
Registration Deadline: January 11, 2019
Festival Date: March 23, 2019
Location: Von Steuben HS
Fees: $175.00/ensemble

HIGH SCHOOL CHORUS #2
Registration Deadline: January 11, 2019
Festival Date: April 27, 2019
Location: Kenwood HS
Fees: $175.00/ensemble

ELEMENTARY BAND & ORCHESTRA #1
Registration Deadline: January 11, 2019
Festival Date: March 23, 2019
Location: Curie HS
Fees: $175.00/ensemble

ELEMENTARY BAND & ORCHESTRA #2
Registration Deadline: January 11, 2019
Festival Date: March 30, 2019
Location: Saucedo Elementary
Fees: $175.00/ensemble

ELEMENTARY BAND & ORCHESTRA #3
Registration Deadline: January 11, 2019
Festival Date: May 9, 2019
Location: Lowell Elementary
Fees: $175.00/ensemble

ELEMENTARY CHORAL
Registration Deadline: January 11, 2019
Festival Date: May 1, 2019
Location: Curie HS
Fees: $175.00/ensemble


Music Festival Resources

The CPS Music Festivals Handbook outlines general Festival policies and procedures and offers information to help guide repertoire decisions.

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


Music Festival Planning Committee

We extend our deepest thanks and appreciation to the CPS teachers who contribute to the planning and organization of Music Festivals:

  • Tim Anderson
  • Angela Addison-Davis
  • Carlos Ayento
  • Michael Block
  • Frank De Carlo
  • Casey Fuess
  • Anne Gray
  • Landon Lemoine
  • Frank Menzies
  • Richard Nunley
  • Carmen Rivera-Kurban
  • JD Roseboom
  • Sarah Todd