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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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)

Fine Arts Booster Group Announces Spring Grants


(Ithaca) The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, has awarded $2,015 in mini-grants to Ithaca City District School (ICSD) projects that will reach 865 students....(read more)

More Details on April 26 Variety Show - Save the Date! " ICSD Coda Conduct"

Surprise talents to be showcased at musical fundraiser

Ever noticed your math teacher’s toes tapping while grading quizzes? Heard your history teacher humming under her breath? They may be among the talented Ithaca City School District musicians who will take the stage at the Staff Variety Show on Sunday, April 26, to raise scholarship money for music activities for ICSD students. The event will be from 3:30 - 5 pm at Kulp Auditorium at Ithaca High School, and is sponsored by the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG)....(read more)

ICSD Named as one of Top Schools for Music Education for third consecutive year

At the March 24, 2015 Board of Education Meeting, Director of Fine and Performing Arts David Brown spoke to Board of Education members and said,

“I would like to thank you for your continued service and love of music and that which you impart on our learners. You have truly created an atmosphere where music is important to our children’s lives. In the last three years we have seen participation levels increase in all regards. We have seen test scores of those that study music outperform those that don’t....(read more)

JEMM Award Grants Access to Music

The Josh Endo Memorial for Continuing Support of Music Education (JEMM) Fund, a fund of IPEI, recently announced the 2014-2015 award of $1,000. JEMM annually supports music education needs with priority for elementary student instrument rental scholarships and secondary student instrumental music group trip scholarships. The Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI) Fund administers the JEMM fund with help from the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an IPEI affiliate....(read more)

ICSD Staff Variety Show: A Coda Conduct, a Fundraiser for the Arts, Mark Your Calendar April 26, 3:30

Join us in celebrating the arts and our wonderful teachers. A Staff Variety Show to support the arts is set for April 26, 3:30 at Kulp Auditorium. More details to follow soon.

Vote Daily for IPEI March 16-30 on Tompkins Trust Company's Community Minute Challenge - and Help Teachers!

Thanks for Spelling Bee Support and Please Help Spread the Word! Community support is key for the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI)’s work facilitating community connections and support for the students and teachers of the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) through engagement, collaboration, gifts, and grants. Read below for our “laurel” thanking everyone who made the Adult Spelling Bee a great success, and for information on two other ways for community members to support IPEI and its mission enhancing education across the ICSD. If you have questions or ideas for IPEI, contact us at, 256-IPEI (4734),

VOTE Daily on Facebook for IPEI March 16-30 Help IPEI provide grants to teachers and community partners to enhance education for students!...(read more)

Paul Strebel Recognized for Dedication to Community Service

The Strebel Planning Group Elaine Krumm – Sales & Marketing Manager 944 Dryden Road Ithaca, New York 14850 607-275-1275



[ITHACA] Paul Strebel and The Strebel Planning Group were recently awarded the 2014 Regional Community Inspiration Award presented by AssetMark, Inc. In recognition of their long time commitment to the local community, AssetMark has donated $1,000 to Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI), Paul’s chosen charity....(read more)

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