UPDATE: Due to unprecedented application volume, and a scheduling conflict, All-City Performing Arts begins Saturday October 23rd, 2021!

Students in grades 3–12 (or parents/guardians of students) at any CPS school—neighborhood, charter, contract, or options—may apply to join the 2021-22 All-City Performing Arts Ensembles.

All ACPA ensembles will be offered in-person in the 2021-2022 school year at Jones College Preparatory High School (700 S. State Street, Chicago, IL). Please note that additional precautions and restrictions will be in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The ensembles open in the 2021-22 school year are:

  • Symphonic Band I and II, Grades 4–12
  • Percussion Ensemble, Grades 6–12
  • Jazz Band, Grades 6–12
  • Music & Media Production , 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

Some important notes about the program this year: 

  • Priority will be given to students who do not have access to in-school arts education at their home schools. 
  • To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, ensembles are only being offered between 9am-11am and 12pm-2pm. 
  • Students may only participate in (1) one ensemble. Students will be able to select their first and second choice in the application form.
  • Rehearsals run every Saturday starting Oct. 23rd with the exception of Nov. 27th due to Thanksgiving break.
  • Instruments and other materials will be distributed to students after enrollment is closed. 
¡All-City Performing Arts comienza el sábado 23 de octubre de 2021!

Los estudiantes de los grados 3º a 12º en cualquier escuela de CPS incluyendo escuelas de vecindario, charter, y matrícula optativa son elegibles. Los padres/tutores pueden solicitar en nombre de su estudiante. 

Todos los conjuntos del programa ACPA se reunirán en persona en la secundaria Jones College Prep durante el año escolar 2021-22. Tengan en cuenta que habrá precauciones y restricciones adicionales para mitigar la propagación de COVID-19. Los conjuntos que estarán disponibles en el año escolar 2021-22 son:

  • Banda Sinfónica I y II, Grados 4º-12º
  • Grupo de Percusión, Grados 6º-12º
  • Banda de Jazz, Grados 6º-12º
  • Música y Producción, Grados 6º-12º
  • Orquesta, Grados 6º-12º
  • Coro, Grados 3º-12º
  • Banda de Rock Moderno de Primaria, Grados 5º-8º
  • Banda de Rock Moderno de Secundaria, Grados 9º-12º
  • Mariachi, Grados 5º-12º
  • Danza, 6º a 12º grado
  • Teatro, Grados 6º-12º

Algunas notas importantes sobre el programa: 

  • Se dará prioridad a los estudiantes que no tienen acceso a la educación artística en sus escuelas. 
  • Para mitigar la propagación de COVID-19, los conjuntos sólo se ofrecen entre las 9 y las 11 de la mañana y entre las 12 y las 2 de la tarde. 
  • Los estudiantes sólo podrán participar en un conjunto. Los estudiantes podrán seleccionar su primera y segunda opción en el formulario de solicitud.
  • Los ensayos se realizan todos los sábados a partir del 16 de octubre con la excepción del 27 de noviembre debido a las vacaciones de Acción de Gracias.
  • Los instrumentos y otros materiales se distribuirán a los estudiantes una vez que cierre la inscripción. 

All-City Performing Arts – Staff Application

Prospective arts educators can apply to lead an ensemble during All-City Performing Arts for SY 2021-22. More information about these paid positions can be found at this link. Please view this information before applying below!


Information for Arts Partner Organizations, Colleges, and Universities

We are excited to open the All-City Performing Arts application to arts partners, colleges, and universities to submit applications to sponsor or lead an ensemble for the 21-22 school year. The DAE is committed to providing a quality arts education to all students. Our strongest partnerships are constructed on the notion of maximizing the student experience by cultivating an authentic student-learning environment, providing college/university pathways, and career opportunities for students.

Partners/Colleges/Universities are encouraged to explore potential opportunities in their application:

  • Scholarship advocacy for participating All-City Performing Arts students
  • Professional development and access to resources for Ensemble Leads
  • Quote of services and any in-kind donations
  • Guidance and resources for culturally-responsive repertoire
  • Partnerships with Fine and Performing Arts schools
  • Career pathways into music education programs for students

Applications will be selected based upon the interest of proposed instructors, the potential interest among students, and learning outcomes. As this is a developing initiative, student interest will be evaluated through an annual survey in tandem with course usage data by school year 22-23.

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