Cohn Scholarship Help Students Bridge Summer Study

Rella and Barney Cohn Music Scholarship Fund, an IPEI Fund, Awards Grant

The Fine Arts Booster Group, an affiliate of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI), announces summer music scholarships awarded 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 will provide more than five music scholarships for summer study through the Ithaca Youth Bureau (IYB) Summer Band and Orchestra Program. The Rella and Barney Cohn Music Scholarship Fund is administered by IPEI with assistance from the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) and the IYB. Contact president@fabgithaca.org for more information.

Michael W. Allen, Director of the IYB Summer Music Program, notes “The scholarships are a gift from their daughter to the youth in our community. I am very thankful for these scholarships that allow students who might not otherwise be able to participate in the Summer Bands and Orchestra at Cornell University’s Lincoln Hall. It’s a great opportunity to be part of this special program.”

The Summer Band and Orchestra Program runs June 26 through July 26 with flexible enrollment to allow for summer camps and family vacations. Rehearsals are held every Tuesday and Thursday evening at Cornell University’s Lincoln Hall. Michael Allen directs the band program and Mark Lewis directs the orchestra program. Four ensemble sections are available from beginning to advance, with sessions starting at 6:30 p.m. Registration forms and scholarship information are available at the IYB or online at www.ithacayouthbureaurecreation.com. Questions may be directed to the IYB staff at (607) 273-8364 or by contacting Allen at (607) 274-2295. This program is designed to encourage students to continue individual and ensemble skill development on their instruments during the summer months. The program will consist of four (4) ensembles: beginning band, beginning orchestra, advanced band, advanced orchestra. “Continuing music education is important to students’ overall academic, artistic and social development. Summer time music activities help middle school students, in particular, solidify their skills and continue music study into their high school years,” noted Abby Cohn. “My daughters benefited greatly from the rich musical offerings at Boynton Middle School as well as through participation in the IYB Summer Band and Orchestra Programs. The breadth, variety and excellence of these opportunities have had a real impact on them. I particularly want to recognize Michael Allen for his leadership and enthusiasm. This fund also honors my parents and their commitment to music education in all its forms.”

An affiliate of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI), the FABG works in partnership with the ICSD to advocate, support and celebrate all the arts for all the kids. The Fine Arts Boosters strive for increased student access and participation in arts programs. The boosters believe the arts – music, dance and visual, literary and theater arts – are a central part of every child’s public school education. Visit www.fabgithaca.org.

IPEI is a not-for-profit organization that believes the education of every ICSD student is enhanced through community connections and support facilitated by IPEI for students and teachers through engagement, collaboration, gifts, and grants. Visit www.ipei.org. Ongoing FABG initiatives include mini-grants to teachers; printing the performance booklets for ICSD secondary schools’ concerts and drama productions; fundraising; Play It Again, Ithaca (collection of used musical instruments and funds to purchase new instruments for use in the schools); and various advocacy efforts in support of arts in the schools.
FABG is open to all K-12 staff, parents, students and community members and is concerned with all arts areas. Join the group and volunteer to work on goals – communication, advocacy, grant giving, fundraising, community connections, and instrument recycling.