Chicago High School for the Arts Hosts Five Weeks of Open Houses

A wind ensemble from Chicago High School for the Arts will have an unusual audience at a special concert scheduled for Tuesday.

The musicians will not be playing for their parents, but for a group of 8th grade administrators the administrators hope to apply to attend what is the only CPS high school dedicated to the arts.

“We’re open to novices,” said Tina Boyer Brown, director of the school’s five art conservatories, 2714 W. Augusta Boulevard in Humboldt Park.

“What we are looking for is the promise, that desire to learn.”

The school has scheduled several open days throughout November to showcase its conservatories, starting this week with music. The other four conservatories: theatre, dance, literary creation and plastic arts.

Founded in 2009, the school has approximately 600 students.

Tuesday’s open house is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Families wishing to attend can register online. Prospective students can meet professors, watch a mock voice audition, learn how to apply, and learn more about the school’s academics (students take regular college prep classes).

After school, students devote three hours a day to the conservatory of their choice.

Over four years, this amounts to approximately 2,500 hours of artistic training, giving budding artists enough to continue practicing their art after graduation.

“It’s more like technical training, that way,” Brown said.

Michael Loria is a reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times via Report for Americaa non-profit journalism program that aims to strengthen the newspaper’s coverage of communities on the South and West Sides.

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