All City Programs Information

All City High School Music Festival

What it is:

Choir

Concert band

Orchestra

So, we know this sounds confusing. Here’s the deal:

If you sing, audition for choir.

If you play a string instrument, audition for orchestra.

If you play a wind or percussion instrument, just audition. We’ll tell you where you go!

Regardless of which of these you fall into, you will perform at the Festival, which is a one day culmination and presentation of the skills you’ll learn this year. Everyone who participates in these ensembles is expected to attend. It is held at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 7:00 PM, on Wednesday March 6, 2019.

Students should apply if they have vocal experience, have studied a wind, brass, string, or percussion instrument for several years. Also, instrumental and vocal students who have participated in the All City Middle School Festivals are naturally aligned to audition and perform at the High School All City level.

Band, Orchestra and Choir audition requirements are based on a passage of the selected repertoire as well as major and harmonic minor scales, as well as sight reading. Contact your school music teacher(s) for selected repertoire.

Band/Orchestra – Tuesday, November 6, 10:00am-3:00pm at Girls High School

Choir – Monday, November 19, 3:00-6:30pm at Creative and Performing Arts High School (CAPA).

Fri. December 7, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM  – Rehearsal, Girls HS

Tues., January 8, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM –  Rehearsal, Girls HS

Mon., January 14, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM  – Rehearsal, Girls HS

Mon. February 11, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM  – Rehearsal, Girls HS

Mon. February 25, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM  – Rehearsal, Girls HS

Mon. March 4,  8:30 – 2:30 PM  – Rehearsal, Girls HS

Tues. March 5,  time TBA (in PM)  – Dress Rehearsal, Kimmel Center

Wed. March 6,  7:00 PM – All City Festival Concert, Kimmel Center

Mon., January 14, 12:15 PM – 4:15 PM – Rehearsal, CAPA

Thurs., January 31, 12:15 PM – 4:15 PM – Rehearsal, CAPA

Wed., February 13, 12:15 PM – 4:15 PM – Rehearsal, CAPA

Wed., February 13, 4:15 PM – 6:30 PM – Rehearsal, CAPA **SOLOIST AUDITIONS

Thurs., February 28, 12:15 PM – 4:15 PM – Rehearsal, CAPA

Mon. March 4,  8:30 – 2:30 PM  – Combined Choir, Band, Orchestra Rehearsal, Girls HS

Tues. March 5,  time TBA (in PM)  – Dress Rehearsal, Kimmel Center

Wed. March 6,  7:00 PM – All City Festival Concert, Kimmel Center

PYO Shared Reading, Date and location TBA  – (for Orchestra only)

Sun. December 16, 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM – All City Concerto Competition, Curtis Gould Hall (by separate application only)

Mon. December 17, 4:30 – 6:00 PM – Sectionals, Kimmel Center (for Orchestra only)

Fri. January 18,  10:00 AM – 3:00 PM   Temple Band Day, Temple TPAC (for Band only)

Mon. January 28,  4:30 – 6:00 PM  – Sectionals, Kimmel Center (for Orchestra only)

Sat. February 9, 12:00 PM – 4:oo PM  – Curtis Retreat (for Orchestra only)  

2 Additional Sectionals in February – Dates and location TBA (for Orchestra only)

All City High School Jazz Festival

The All City High School Jazz Festival will be held on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Master classes and concerts will be conducted throughout the day followed by a 7:00 PM concert featuring District high school jazz bands and the All Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra. The All Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra is comprised of students from high schools throughout Philadelphia that are selected by committee through a recorded audition.

Any high school student already in their school jazz band or with an interest in jazz should apply for the All Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra.

To apply for the All Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra, students must submit a recorded audition. Audition Requirements can be found here.

Students are selected for the Jazz Orchestra by committee.

Audition recordings are due Thursday, October 4.

Recorded audition videos are due by Thursday, October 4. Audition requirements can be found here.

Rehearsal dates are TBD.

All City Middle School Festival

The All City Middle School Instrumental Music Festival will be held on Monday, March 25 at 7pm at the Merriam Theater. This festival pulls together outstanding middle school instrumental students, selected by audition, from across the city. Following six rehearsals, the students perform in a festival concert featuring Concert Band, String Orchestra, and Jazz Band.

Students with several years of instrumental music study should apply through their instrumental music teacher.

Students must participate in their individual school’s instrumental music program to audition for All-City

Students must be recommended by their school instrumental music teacher. Students must perform at the District’s Level Two Benchmarks for Instrumental Music Education. Copies of solos and scales required for the audition are available from student’s instrumental music teacher.

Tues., November 27, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Baldi (Strings)/ George Washington HS (Woodwinds/ Brass/ Percussion)

Wed., November 28, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM –  Masterman (Violins, Percussion)/ CAPA (Woodwinds, Brass, Low Strings)

Rehearsal Dates are TBD.  Rehearsals will be held at Fels High School

All City Elementary and Middle School Choral Concert

The All City Elementary and Middle School Choral Festival will be held on Wednesday, December 12 at 7pm at the Temple Performing Arts Center. This festival is will celebrate choral music across the district. Participating schools bring select students from their school ensembles to join a greater combined choir.

There is no application or audition. Students are selected for participation by their school music teacher.

There is no application or audition. Students are selected for participation by their school music teacher.

There is no application or audition. Students are selected for participation by their school music teacher.

Thurs., November 15, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM – Rehearsal, Tilden Middle School

Wed., November 28, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM – Rehearsal, Tilden Middle School

Tues., December 4, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM- Rehearsal, Tilden Middle School

Tues., December 11, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM – Dress Rehearsal, Temple Performing Arts Center

Wed., December 12, 7:00 PM – All City ES/MS Choir Festival, Temple Performing Arts Center