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Apply Now to be an All City Performing Arts Ensemble Lead

Applications for the All-City Performing Arts Program Fall 2022 are NOW open for the summer! The Application for each ensemble can be found below:

The deadline to apply is September 1st, 2022. Students will be notified of the next steps and Audition dates on September 12th, 2022.

All ACPA ensembles will be offered in-person for the 2022-2023 school year at Jones College Preparatory High School (700 S. State Street, Chicago, IL).

The ensembles open in the 2022-23 school year are:

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. 
  • Practice times will be determined at a later date this summer, and communicated to all students when accepted. Practices will take place at Jones College Prep Saturdays throughout the school year, between 9 AM and 3PM.
  • Instruments and other materials will be distributed to students after enrollment is closed. 

What is All-City Performing Arts?

The All-City Performing Arts Program invites students in grades 3–12 from all across the district to perform and create within music, dance, and theatre ensembles every Saturday throughout the fall and spring semesters.

At the beginning of each school year, students at beginning to advanced levels in their art forms are encouraged to apply for ACPA Winter Ensembles in music, theatre and dance. Beginning in early fall, students who are accepted rehearse every Saturday, receiving exceptional instruction from highly-qualified CPS teachers and teaching artists. They go on to perform at a Winter Showcase in December.

Students from Winter Ensembles may be eligible for nomination to the ACPA Spring Ensembles. (Students who were not part of the Winter Ensembles can also apply and audition to join Spring Ensembles.) These students rehearse on Saturdays throughout the Spring semester and go on to perform at a Spring Showcase.