Luminarts Cultural Foundation Fellowship and High School Programs

Applications for open Fellowship and High School Programs are listed below. For general questions about program eligibility please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact Luminarts at info@luminarts.org or 312-435-5961.

Ends on February 9, 2018

The Classical Music Fellowship awards seven Luminarts Fellowships to classical musicians in categories of Women's and Men's Voice, Piano, Strings, and Winds; $55,000 in total. 

  • Three $5,000 Fellowships will be awarded to musicians in the categories of piano, strings, and winds. 
  • Two $5,000 Fellowships will also be awarded in the ages 18–24 division of Women's and Men's Voice. 
  • Two $15,000 Fellowships will be awarded to musicians in Women's and Men's Voice in the ages 25–30 division. 
While a singer may only win a particular division once, they may apply in the ages 25–30 division if they have previously won in the 18–24 division.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 30 years old on the date of applying
  • Be currently enrolled in, or have completed, a degree program, conservatory, or other professional artist development program 
  • Live within 150 miles of the Chicago Loop 

Submission Guidelines

There are three components that must be attached to your application before auditioning. These include:
  • An audio recording of a performance
  • A career statement outlining what your career objectives are as an artist, how becoming a Luminarts Fellow would help support those objectives, and how you envision your art/career impacting the greater Chicago community
  • The name, contact information, and relationship to one (1) professional or educational reference

Read below for specific details about each of these components.


Audio Recording:

Applicants will attach an audio recording (no more than five minutes in length). Attached files must be in mp3 format and be no larger than 50 MB..


Career Statement:

  • Your career statement should outline what your career objectives are as an artist, how becoming a Luminarts Fellow would help support those objectives, and how you envision your art/career impacting the greater Chicago community
  • Your statement may not exceed 500 words in total 
  • This statement will be used in the Foundation's evaluation


Professional/Educational Reference:

  • Space will be provided on the application to include the name, contact information, and relationship to one (1) professional or educational reference.

Audition and Repertoire Information

Applicants will schedule an audition online from a list of available audition dates. In order to successfully schedule an audition, applicants must provide a valid credit card to hold an audition time. Please note, there is no fee to book an audition; however, in the event an applicant cancels their audition after the cancellation deadline of Monday, March 12, 2018 at 9 a.m., Luminarts will charge a late cancellation fee of $50. In the event an applicant is a no call/no show for the audition, they will be subject to the $50 late cancellation fee as well. The late cancellation fee does not apply to applicants who cancel an audition before this deadline. 

The Foundation will process an authorization on the card to verify it. This may appear as a $1.00 charge on your credit card statement but will disappear after a few business days.


    Scheduling the Audition

    Applicants will be notified via email on Monday, February 19, 2018 to begin scheduling their auditions. The email message on February 19 will include a link and instructions to schedule the audition online. Auditions are booked on a first come, first serve basis. All auditions must be scheduled by Monday, March 12, 2018 at 9 a.m. Audition times are not guaranteed until you receive email confirmation from Luminarts with the booked audition time. If you have questions or need assistance with scheduling please contact the Foundation.


    What to Bring to the Audition

    Bring three (3) copies of a list of your repertoire to the audition. Jurors will request selections based off of your repertoire list. You do not need to bring the sheet music for the jurors. Only bring a list of the repertoire pieces. Be prepared to perform any selections listed on your repertoire list. Audition slots are 10 minutes per musician, therefore jurors might not request every selection be performed.

    Applicants must provide their own accompanist (excluding musicians auditioning in piano). If one of your pieces does not have accompaniment, perform the piece as the composer intended it to be performed.


    Auditions will be held at the Union League Club of Chicago, located at 65 West Jackson Boulevard in Chicago. The Union League Club of Chicago has a strict business casual policy. No jeans or gym shoes may be worn by applicants or their guests.


    Audition Dates

    • Monday, March 19, 2018, Women's Voice Preliminary Auditions
    • Tuesday, March 20, 2018, Men's Voice Preliminary Auditions
    • Thursday, March 22, 2018, Men's and Women's Voice Final Auditions, 5—7 p.m.
    • Monday, March 26, 2018, Piano Auditions
    • Tuesday, March 27, 2018, Strings Auditions
    • Wednesday, March 28, 2018, Winds Auditions

    Repertoire Requirements:

    Piano Repertoire (All From Memory):

    • Prelude and Fugue, Bach's Well Tempered Clavier (no repeats)
    • One major work from the Classical Period (no repeats)
    • One major work from the Romantic or Impressionist Period (no repeats)
    • One bravura etude, prelude, or toccata (no repeats)
    • One contrasting modern or contemporary composition (1890 - Present)


    Strings and Winds Repertoire:

    • One concerto from memory
    • One sonata with piano (memory not required)
    • One contrasting modern or contemporary composition, 1890 - Present (memory not required)

    Voice Repertoire (all from memory, except  #2 oratorio):
    • One aria from an opera in its original language
    • One aria from an oratorio
    • One selection of each of the following:
      • Italian song of the 17th - 19th centuries, sung in Italian
      • German song from the Classic, Romantic, or Modern Periods, sung in German
      • French song from the Classic, Romantic, or Modern Periods, sung in French
      • Contemporary song by English or American composers, sung in English


    After the Audition

    Piano, Strings, Winds, and Men's and Women's Voice musicians (voice 18–24 category) will be notified by 5 p.m. on the same day of their audition whether or not they have been selected as a winner and Luminarts Fellow. The two voice Fellows age 18–24 are required to attend the voice finals event on Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 5–7 p.m. to perform as part of the event, but not to be judged on performance.

    Men's and Women's Voice musicians (age 25–30 only) will also be notified by 5 p.m. on the same day of their preliminary audition whether or not they have been selected as a finalist. Finalists will then return to the Union League Club of Chicago for the voice finals on Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 5–7 p.m.


    Cancelling/Rescheduling Auditions

    Applicants may cancel or reschedule an existing audition using the links included in the audition email received Monday, February 19, 2018. The deadline to schedule or to cancel an existing audition is Monday, March 12, 2018 at 9 a.m.  After that time you must call the Foundation at (312) 435-5961 to cancel an existing audition. Cancellations after the cancel deadline will be subject to the $50 cancellation fee, including a no call/no show, and in addition, any applicant who is a no call/no show to a scheduled audition without previously contacting the Foundation will be disqualified from any future Luminarts programs.


    Warm-Up Room Information:

    While warm-up space cannot be guaranteed, Luminarts will make every effort possible to provide a warm-up space for applicants who are auditioning in classical music. Applicants who wish to use warm-up space are required to arrive 30 minutes before their scheduled audition time, and must check in to the audition registration area prior to using the room. Applicants will have ten (10) minutes to warm-up, approximately 20 minutes before the scheduled audition time. This will allow enough time to return to the registration area 10 minutes prior to the scheduled audition. For example, if your audition is scheduled for 11 a.m. you must arrive by 10:30 a.m. to check in, and will have warm-up space available from 10:40—10:50 p.m., then returning to registration for your audition to begin at 11a.m. Applicants are not allowed to swap warm-up times with each other or remain in the warm-up space longer than 10 minutes without prior approval from Luminarts.


    After Submitting Your Application

    You will receive a confirmation email immediately after successfully submitting your application. If you do not receive a confirmation email please check your spam/junk filter settings. If you still have not received confirmation after submitting your application please contact the Foundation. Once confirmed, you do not need to do anything until Luminarts contacts you on Monday, February 19 with audition scheduling information.  The email at that time will include a link and instructions to schedule your audition online. Once scheduled, you will receive a confirmation email with the booked audition. If you do not receive an email after scheduling your audition please contact the Foundation.

    While applicants may reapply to Luminarts Fellowship annually, they are only eligible to receive the Fellowship award once. However, once an individual has been designated a Luminarts Fellow they are eligible to apply for Fellow Project Grants through the Foundation. For Project Grant information visit our Artist Opportunities page.

    For questions about eligibility or more information about the Fellowship visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact Luminarts at info@luminarts.org or (312) 435-5961

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, February 9, 2018 11:59 p.m. CST

    Ends on February 9, 2018

    The Creative Writing Fellowship awards five $5,000 Luminarts Fellowships for excellence in creative writing in the categories of prose and poetry, both fiction and nonfiction.


    Eligibility and Guidelines

    Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

    • Be between the ages of 18 and 30 years old on the date of applying
    • Be currently enrolled in, or have completed, a degree program, conservatory, or other professional artist development program
    • Live within 150 miles of the Chicago Loop

    Submission Guidelines

    There are three components that must be attached to your application. These include:

    • A written piece of your work, two pages maximum length, single-spaced (excerpts of larger work are also allowed, but limited to two pages)
    • A career statement outlining what your career objectives are as an artist, how becoming a Luminarts Fellow would help support those objectives, and how you envision your art/career impacting the greater Chicago community
    • The name, contact information, and relationship to one (1) professional or educational reference

    Read below for specific details about each of these components.


    Your Written Piece:

    You may submit one (1) piece of writing in either prose or poetry, fiction or nonfiction. The piece should be no more than two (2) pages in length, single-spaced, using 11-12 pt. type, in a standard academic font (Times New Roman, Cambria, Georgia, Arial, or Calibri, no exceptions). If your written piece is an excerpt of a larger body of work such as a novel or short story, space will be provided for you to attach the full piece in addition to the excerpt. In addition:

    • Remove your name from all pages
    • Write the title of your piece in the top left header
    • Below the title indicate if the piece is prose or poetry and fiction or nonfiction
    • If your piece is an excerpt, please indicate "excerpt" (you will also attach the full-length piece using the same guidelines, indicating "Full Piece"
    • The .doc file name should be the title of the piece (example: "Catcher in the Rye.doc")
    Please submit your piece in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx).

    Career Statement:

    • Your career statement should outline what your career objectives are as an artist, how becoming a Luminarts Fellow would help support those objectives, and how you envision your art/career impacting the greater Chicago community
    • Your statement may not exceed 500 words in total 
    • This statement will be used in the Foundation's evaluation


    Professional/Educational Reference:

    • Space will be provided on the application to include the name, contact information, and relationship to one (1) professional or educational reference.


    After Submitting Your Application

    Applicants will be notified via email on Monday, April 9, 2018 regarding whether or not they have been selected as a winner. Please do not contact the Foundation before April 9 regarding the status of your application.

    While applicants may reapply to the Luminarts Fellowship annually, they are only eligible to receive the Fellowship award once. However, once an individual has been designated a Luminarts Fellow they are eligible to apply for Fellow Project Grants through the Foundation. For Project Grant information visit our Artist Opportunities page.

    For questions about eligibility or more information about the Fellowship visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact Luminarts at info@luminarts.org or (312) 435-5961.

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, February 9, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. CST

    Ends on March 16, 2018
    The Visual Arts Fellowship awards five $5,000 Luminarts Fellowships for excellence in visual arts (drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, mixed media, sculpture, and moving images). Please note that artists integrating the moving image/video into their work may apply and are welcome to submit short clips of the integrated pieces along with images of the overall installation. However, the Luminarts Visual Arts Fellowship program does not currently accept short films.

    Eligibility and Guidelines

    Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

    • Be between the ages of 18 and 30 years old on the date of applying
    • Be currently enrolled in, or have completed, a degree program, conservatory, or other professional artist development program 
    • Live within 150 miles of the Chicago Loop 
    • Be available to hang/setup artwork at the Union League Club of Chicago on Monday, May 7, 2018 between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. (only required if you are selected as a finalist) 
    • Be available to attend the Visual Arts Exhibition and awards on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. (only required if you are selected as a finalist)

    If you are selected as a finalist you must be available to hang your work on Monday, May 7, 2018 between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. for final round judging at the Union League Club of Chicago, as well as attend the Visual Arts Exhibition on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at the Union League Club of Chicago. If you are unable to install your work and/or attend the exhibition you may send another individual on your behalf to install your work, attend the exhibition, and/or accept any awards on your behalf should you be selected as a winner or Fellow. However, you must make arrangements with Luminarts approval prior to sending an individual to represent you. Failure to do so will result in disqualification and forfeit of any Luminarts awards. 

    Submission Guidelines

    There are four components that must be attached to your application. These include:

    • Three (3) images of your artwork 
    • A career statement outlining what your career objectives are as an artist, how becoming a Luminarts Fellow would help support those objectives, and how you envision your art/career impacting the greater Chicago community 
    • The name, contact information, and relationship to one (1) professional or educational reference
    • An artist statement
    Read below for specific details about each of these components.

    Images of Your Artwork:

    • Image resolution should be a minimum of 72 ppi 
    • All image file sizes may not exceed 1 MB (video clip limit is 50 MB)
    • File name should be the title of the piece 
    • Files and images may not include your name or other personal information 
    All images submitted must be of pieces able to be installed in a shared gallery space within a limited period of time. Any piece you submit should not exceed 60 inches in any direction. Space will be provided on the application to include details about each attached piece. Please include the title, date, dimensions,  and medium for each piece.

    Career Statement:

    • Your career statement should outline what your career objectives are as an artist, how becoming a Luminarts Fellow would help support those objectives, and how you envision your art/career impacting the greater Chicago community
    • Your statement may not exceed 500 words in total 
    • This statement will be used in the Foundation's evaluation

    Professional/Educational Reference:

    • Space will be provided on the application to include the name, contact information, and relationship to one (1) professional or educational reference.


    Artist Statement:

    • Artist statement may not exceed 300 words

    Moving Image/Video Clip Guidelines: 

    Artists integrating the moving image/video into their work may apply and are welcome to submit short clips of the integrated pieces along with images of the overall installation. However, the Luminarts Visual Arts Fellowship Program does not currently accept short films. If submitting a moving image video file:

    • The file size may not exceed 50 MB
    • The video length may not exceed three minutes
    • The file must be in mp4 format
    • External links are not accepted
    Images and videos are reviewed by Luminarts jurors via Submittable. If a particular piece requires multiple angles or views then you may create one image file with all views to be counted as one submission/piece. Please exercise good judgment when submitting images and/or video. Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us at info@luminarts.org for questions about file submission.

    After Submitting Your Application

    Applicants will be notified via email on Monday, April 16, 2018 regarding whether or not they have been selected as a finalist. Finalists will then select two of their pieces to exhibit for the final round of judging at the Visual Arts Exhibition on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Please do not contact the Foundation before April 16 regarding your status as a finalist.

    While applicants may reapply to the Luminarts Fellowship annually, they are only eligible to receive the Fellowship award once. However, once an individual has been designated a Luminarts Fellow they are eligible to apply for Fellow Project Grants through the Foundation. For Project Grant information visit our Artist Opportunities page.

    For questions about eligibility or more information about the Fellowship visit our FAQs page or contact Luminarts at info@luminarts.org or (312) 435-5961.

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, March 16, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. CST


    Ends on February 9, 2018
    The Jazz Fellowship Competition awards five $5,000 Luminarts Fellowships to jazz musicians through the performance of original, creative, and spontaneously improvised jazz music. The competition includes a two-tiered jury process, with preliminary auditions held at the Union League Club of Chicago, and final round auditions held during the 2018 Jazz Finals at Buddy Guy's Legends.

    For the Jazz Fellowship applicants will compete in one of two categories, ages 18—24, and ages 25—30. There will be four finalists selected between the ages of 18—24 and four finalists selected between the ages of 25—30 who will advance to the final round of judging and perform live at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago on Thursday, March 8, 2018. Each finalist performs with a professional jazz trio, and five winners are selected based on their improvisation skills during the event. An award is also awarded for People's Choice.

    In conjunction with the Jazz Fellowship Luminarts also awards high school jazz musicians through the High School Jazz Program, which includes preliminary auditions held at the Union League Club of Chicago, and final round auditions held during the 2018 Jazz Finals at Buddy Guy's Legends. If you are in high school you may apply to the high school competition HERE.

    For the Jazz Fellowship continue reading below.


    Eligibility Requirements

    Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements: 

    • Be between the ages of 18 and 30 years old on the date of applying
    • Be currently enrolled in, or have completed, a degree program, conservatory, or other professional artist development program 
    • Live within 150 miles of the Chicago Loop 
    • Be available to perform at Buddy Guy's Legends for the final round of judging during the 2018 Jazz Finals on Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    Submission and Preliminary Audition Guidelines

    There are three components that must be attached to your application before auditioning. These include:

    • A audio recording or sample of a performance
    • A career statement outlining what your career objectives are as an artist, how becoming a Luminarts Fellow would help support those objectives, and how you envision your art/career impacting the greater Chicago community 
    • The name, contact information, and relationship to one (1) professional or educational reference
    Read below for specific details about each of these components.


    Audio Sample:

    Applicants must attach an audio sample with the application. If you do not have an audio sample you may record a three to five minute clip using a recorder on a mobile device or other recording equipment. Your recording will not be used for judging purposes, however, Luminarts may use it for program or marketing purposes in the event you are selected as a winner and Fellow.


    Career Statement:

    • Your career statement should outline what your career objectives are as an artist, how becoming a Luminarts Fellow would help support those objectives, and how you envision your art/career impacting the greater Chicago community
    • Your statement may not exceed 500 words in total 
    • This statement will be used in the Foundation's evaluation

    Professional/Educational Reference:

    • Space will be provided on the application to include the name, contact information, and relationship to one (1) professional or educational reference.

    Preliminary Auditions

    In addition to completing the application, applicants will schedule a preliminary audition online from the list of available audition dates. Audition time slots are granted on a first come first serve basis and are not guaranteed until you receive email confirmation from Luminarts. When you successfully submit your application you will receive email confirmation that contains a link to schedule your audition online.

    Auditions will be held at the Union League Club of Chicago, located at 65 West Jackson Boulevard in Chicago. Finalists will be determined based on preliminary auditions and will advance to the final round of judging and perform during the 2018 Jazz Finals at Buddy Guy's Legends on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 5 p.m.

    The Union League Club of Chicago has a strict business casual policy. No jeans or gym shoes may be worn by applicants or their guests while in the Club.

    Preliminary Audition Dates:

    • Monday, February 19, 2018
    • Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    • Saturday, February 24, 2018

    Audition Guidelines:

    • Applicants will be limited to a ten (10) minute time slot, which includes setup and take down
    • Applicants will improvise one (1) blues piece and one (1) composition of their choice. Vocalists should include words and skat in their performance. Drummers will sight read a jazz standard with appropriate fills and solos
    • Applicants will be judged by the originality and creativity of their spontaneous improvisation
    • A professional accompanist (piano) will be provided for the audition (Do not bring your own accompanist)
    • Applicants must bring lead sheets for the accompanist
    • Applicants should demonstrate knowledge and respect for the melody, and accuracy of improvising chord changes


    Notice to Guitarists and Drummers:

    An amplifier and a drum set will be provided by Luminarts for those auditioning in guitar or percussion. Please bring any additional equipment you need for the audition.


    Cancelling/Rescheduling Auditions:

    Please keep the email confirmation you receive after booking your audition. Applicants may cancel or reschedule an existing audition online by using the appropriate links located in that confirmation email. Applicants may only cancel or reschedule auditions online until Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 9 a.m. After that time you must call the Foundation at (312) 435-5961 to cancel. Any applicant who is a no call/no show to a scheduled audition without previously cancelling their audition will be disqualified from any future Luminarts programs.


    Warm-Up Room Information:

    While warm-up space cannot be guaranteed, Luminarts will make every effort possible to provide a warm-up space for applicants who are auditioning in jazz or classical music programs. Applicants who wish to use warm-up space are required to arrive 30 minutes before their scheduled audition time, and must check in to the audition registration area prior to using the room. Applicants will have ten (10) minutes to warm-up, approximately 20 minutes before the scheduled audition time. This will allow enough time to return to the registration area 10 minutes prior to the scheduled audition. For example, if your audition is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. you must arrive by 6 p.m. to check in, and will have warm-up space available from 6:10—6:20 p.m., then returning to registration for your audition to begin at 6:30 p.m. Applicants are not allowed to swap warm-up times with each other or remain in the warm-up space longer than 10 minutes without prior approval from Luminarts.


    After the Audition:

    You will be notified by 6 p.m. CST on Saturday, February 24 regarding whether or not you have been selected as a finalist to perform during the 2018 Jazz Finals at Buddy Guy's Legends on Thursday, March 8, 2018. Please do not contact Luminarts before 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 24, 2018 regarding your status as a finalist.

    If you are selected as a finalist to perform at the Jazz Finals at Buddy Guy's Legends you will be asked to perform two (2) different selections from the pieces you performed during your audition, and the requirements are the same; one (1) blues piece, and one (1) composition of your choice.


    After Submitting Your Application

    Follow the instructions listed in the confirmation email you receive immediately after submitting your application. This will include details for scheduling your audition. If you do not receive a confirmation email immediately after submitting your application please check your spam/junk filter and settings. If you still have not received a confirmation email immediately after submitting your application please contact the Foundation.

    While applicants may reapply to the Luminarts Fellowship annually, they are only eligible to receive the Fellowship award once. However, once an individual has been designated a Luminarts Fellow they are eligible to apply for Fellow Project Grants through the Foundation. For Project Grant information visit our Artist Opportunities page.

    For questions about eligibility or more information about the Fellowship visit our FAQs page or contact Luminarts at info@luminarts.org or (312) 435-5961,

    APPLICATION DEADLINE
    : Friday, February 9, 2018 11:59 p.m. CST.
    Ends on February 9, 2018
    The High School Jazz Program awards three grant awards to high school musicians through the performance of original, creative, and spontaneously improvised jazz music. Awards include $1,500 (first place), $1,250 (second place), and $750 (third place), as well as two $250 Honorable Mention awards. The program includes a two-tiered jury process, with preliminary auditions held at the Union League Club of Chicago, and final round auditions held during the 2018 Jazz Finals at Buddy Guy's Legends on Thursday, March 8, 2018.


    Eligibility and Guidelines

    Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
    • Be enrolled in high school
    • Live within 150 miles of the Chicago Loop

    Preliminary Auditions

    In addition to completing the application, applicants will schedule a preliminary audition online from the list of available audition dates. Audition time slots are granted on a first come first serve basis and are not guaranteed until you receive email confirmation from Luminarts. When you successfully submit your application you will receive an email confirmation that contains a link to schedule your audition online. 

    Auditions will be held at the Union League Club of Chicago, located at 65 West Jackson Boulevard in Chicago. High school finalists will be determined based on preliminary auditions and will advance to the final round of judging and perform during the 2018 Jazz Finals at Buddy Guy's Legends on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 5 p.m.

    The Union League Club of Chicago has a strict business casual policy. No jeans or gym shoes may be worn by applicants or their guests throughout the Club.

    Preliminary Audition Dates:

    • Monday, February 19, 2018
    • Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    • Saturday, February 24, 2018

    Audition Guidelines:

    • Applicants will be limited to a ten (10) minute time slot, which includes setup and take down
    • Applicants will improvise one (1) blues piece and one (1) composition of their choice. Vocalists should include words and skat in their performance. Drummers will sight read a jazz standard with appropriate fills and solos
    • Applicants will be judged by the originality and creativity of their spontaneous improvisation
    • A professional accompanist (piano) will be provided for the audition (Do not bring your own accompanist)
    • Applicants must bring lead sheets for the accompanist
    • Applicants should demonstrate knowledge and respect for the melody, and accuracy of improvising chord changes

    Notice to Guitarists and Drummers:

    An amplifier and a drum set will be provided by Luminarts for those auditioning with a guitar or percussion. Please bring any additional equipment you need for the audition.


    Cancelling/Rescheduling Auditions:

    Please keep the email confirmation you receive after booking your audition. Applicants may cancel or reschedule an existing audition online by using the appropriate links located in that confirmation email. Applicants may only cancel or reschedule auditions online until Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 9 a.m. After that time you must call the Foundation at (312) 435-5961 to cancel. Any applicant who is a no call/no show to a scheduled audition without previously cancelling their audition will be disqualified from any future Luminarts programs.


    Warm-Up Room Information:

    While warm-up space cannot be guaranteed, Luminarts will make every effort possible to provide a warm-up space for applicants who are auditioning in jazz or classical music programs. Applicants who wish to use warm-up space are required to arrive 30 minutes before their scheduled audition time, and must check in to the audition registration area prior to using the room. Applicants will have ten (10) minutes to warm-up, approximately 20 minutes before the scheduled audition time. This will allow enough time to return to the registration area 10 minutes prior to the scheduled audition. For example, if your audition is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. you must arrive by 6 p.m. to check in, and will have warm-up space available from 6:10—6:20 p.m., then returning to registration for your audition to begin at 6:30 p.m. Applicants are not allowed to swap warm-up times with each other or remain in the warm-up space longer than 10 minutes without prior approval from Luminarts.


    After the Audition:

    You will be notified by 6 p.m. CST on Saturday, February 24, 2018 regarding whether or not you have been selected as a high school finalist to perform during the 2018 Jazz Finals at Buddy Guy's Legends on Thursday, March 8, 2018. Please do not contact Luminarts before 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 24 regarding your status as a high school finalist.

    If you are selected to perform at the Jazz Finals at Buddy Guy's Legends you will be asked to perform two (2) different selections from the pieces you performed during your audition, and the requirements are the same; one (1) blues piece, and one (1) composition of your choice.


    After Submitting Your Application

    Follow the instructions listed in the confirmation email you receive immediately after submitting your application. This will include details for scheduling your audition. If you do not receive a confirmation email immediately after submitting your application please check your spam/junk filter and settings. If you still have not received a confirmation email immediately after submitting your application please contact the Foundation.

    While applicants may reapply to the High School Jazz Program annually, they are only eligible to receive the First Place award once.

    For questions about eligibility visit our FAQs page or contact Luminarts at info@luminarts.org or (312) 435-5961,

    APPLICATION DEADLINE
    : Friday, February 9, 2018 11:59 p.m. CST.