The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with the Ithaca (New York) City School District to support and celebrate all the arts for all the kids. FABG is an affiliate of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative.

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Thanks for the Record Number of Instrument Donations!

The Fine Arts Booster Group, an IPEI affiliate, wants to thank our generous community! A record number of used musical instruments were donated this year. Twenty – three instruments made their way from people’s closets to the boosters, where each instrument is evaluated, repaired then incorporated into the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) inventory. ICSD students use these instruments, as well as the district’s supply, to study instrumental music. District second graders can begin taking string instrument lessons and third graders can begin taking band. Certified music teachers teach our students weekly, including free ensemble lessons. Instrumental music study is available to all from elementary school through high school....(read more)

Rella and Barney Cohn Summer Music Scholarship Fund

The Fine Arts Booster Group, an affiliate of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI), will award summer music scholarships through the Rella and Barney Cohn Music Scholarship Fund, established by Abby Cohn in memory of her parents and in honor of the excellent music education available in the Ithaca City School District (ICSD). The fund provides music scholarships for summer study through the Ithaca Youth Bureau (IYB) Summer Band and Orchestra Program.

Michael W. Allen, Director of the IYB Summer Music Program, notes several students will be the beneficiaries of Rella and Barney Cohn Music Scholarships this summer. “The Rella and Barney Cohn Music Scholarships are a gift from their daughter, Abby Cohn, to the youth in our community....(read more)

Congratulations to the Sunflower Room! Download their CD!

Belle Sherman Elementary students, supported their wonderful teacher Randi Beckmann and a FABG Mini-Grant, produced a CD recording songs from the students’diverse communities. Songs include the South African lullaby “Thula Thul,” the Dutch “Hanje Panje” and “Far Above Cayuga Waters,” Cornell’s alma mater. Find the link to listen to the cd via this link here:!projects/c21kz

Boynton Middle School Concert Band Honors

Ron Simmons, Executive Director of Music Showcase Festivals, announced today that the student members of the Boynton Middle School Concert Band, were named the Grand Sweepstakes Award Winners for their performance in Harrisburg, PA, on May 16, 2015. Over a seven week period from mid April to early June, 67 middle school and junior high school instrumental ensembles, including concert bands, jazz ensembles and orchestras, performed at the Harrisburg Site.

The score of 96.5 earned by the Boynton Middle School Concert Band was the highest score awarded to an instrumental ensemble, at the Harrisburg, PA, site, this season.

Congratulations to the students in the Boynton Middle School Concert Band for this outstanding and noteworthy achievement....(read more)

Ian Statema Named Lee Strebel Memorial Award Winner

Ian Statema named Lee Strebel Memorial Award Winner

Ian Statema was named as the recipient of the 2015 Lee Strebel Memorial Award for Enthusiasm in the Performing Arts. Ian accepted the award at the Ithaca High School’s Underclassmen Awards Night, June 2, 2015 in Ithaca High School’s Performing Arts Center Kulp Auditorium. The Lee Strebel Memorial Award is presented each year to an Ithaca High School student who has not only participated in the performing arts at the high school level, but has shown extraordinary spirit in that pursuit.

The award is given in loving memory of Lee Strebel, an Ithaca High School student who died suddenly during his freshman year in February 2006....(read more)

FABG Year End Meeting June 1 at noon

The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, will hold a year end business meeting Monday, June 1, 2015, at the Just Be Cause Center, 1013 W. State Street. The public is invited to join the discussion regarding 2015 – 2016 goals. The boosters serve all the elementary and secondary schools in the Ithaca City School District (ICSD).

For more information about the booster group, contact Co-Presidents Janine Eng and Alice Wu at or 277-4631. If you want to stay informed about what is happening with the fine and performing arts in the ICSD, consider joining the FABG listserv which includes information about arts issues, performances and general news. Join by emailing more)

Consider Volunteering in 2015-2016

The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) is looking for your help! Consider volunteering for next school year. Contact or

FABG Volunteer jobs are meant to be “lighter”, something that can be done while you are also active with your student’s choir, drama, band, orchestra, dance or art class, or fitting into your other community volunteering! A lot of the tasks are done through computer work and just sharing documents on your own time. We meet formally twice a year and then work year round to advocate for the arts in grades K-12, provide grants, recycle used instruments, and print the secondary performance programs. Check out the boosters and browse this website.

Boynton Middle School Music Showcase Festival Results

Listed below are the performance results from the Music Showcase Festival in Harrisburg, PA, today, May 16, 2015.

Boynton Middle School Chorus Score: 99.00 1st Place Class A Choirs Judges Choice Award as the Outstanding Vocal Ensemble at the event Judges Choice Awards for; Soprano Section Alto Section Tenor Section Bass Section

Boynton Middle School String Orchestra Score: 95.25 1st Place Class A Orchestras Judges Choice Award for; Violin Section Viola Section Cello Section Bass Section Composer - Owen Cummings

Boynton Middle School Concert Band Score: 96.5 1st Place Class A Concert Bands Judges Choice Award as the Outstanding Instrumental Ensemble at the event Judges Choice Award for; William Block, Euphonium Soloist Elena Chatrchyan, Trumpet Soloist Per...(read more)

NYSSMA in Ithaca!


(Ithaca) The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) will host the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), Zone 3, Solo and Ensemble Festival on May 8 and 9, 2015 at Boynton Middle School. Over 1,500 student musicians come from 9 counties to participate. The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), with hundreds of community and student volunteers, helps host this event. Interested volunteers may contact for information.

This is the third year that the Ithaca District has hosted this event....(read more)

Come to the ICSD Coda Conduct Variety Show on April 26 and see these great performers!!

See these performers at the April 26th ICSD Coda Conduct, 3:30-5:00 at Ithaca High School’s Performing Art Center’s Kulp Auditorium! Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and will be available at the door, and IHS Activities Building, Room B-3, 7:30 - 11 am, April 20- 24. For questions, contact Alice Wu at or Jennifer DeLapp-Birkett at, or go to Join the fun and celebrate the booster mission of “all the arts for all the kids”....(read more)

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