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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Celebrate 20 Years of FABG - Virtual General Meeting June 1 at 6:00-7:15

Join us!

You are invited to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) at our first virtual general meeting, Tuesday, June 1, from 6 - 7:15 pm.

We will hear updates about the state of the arts in the ICSD from Daphne Shululu, Fine Arts Director, and from Steve Manley, Executive Director of Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI). In addition, we will hear updates from ICSD arts teachers and FABG volunteers, including some history on how support for arts education has developed.

RSVP to: FABG president fabg_president@yahoo.com to get the Zoom link for the meeting.

Help with NYSSMA - virtually, need help before June 1

Volunteers Needed for Virtual New York State School Music Association Festival (NYSSMA)

We are looking for volunteers to help transfer NYSSMA scores from one online platform to another for students that participated in our festival this year. We can start working on this by this weekend (May 15) and we need to be finished by June 1.

Contact Erika St. Denis for more details: erika.stdenis@icsd.k12.ny.us

Ithaca High School Musical - virtually May 7, 8. 9

ITHACA HIGH SCHOOL TO PRODUCE A KILLER PARTY, ITS FIRST-EVER VIRTUAL MUSICAL

The Ithaca High School Drama Club is pleased to announce its production of the brand new, virtual show, A Killer Party: A Murder Mystery Musical. The production is an amalgamation of five months of rehearsal, filming, audio recording in the form of an 80-minute feature film.

A Killer Party will stream online on Friday, May 7, and Saturday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, May 9, at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets for streaming the show are available now at the following link: showtix4u.com/event-details/50441.

Each stream is $10 per device, so your whole household only needs one ticket if you’re watching together!...(read more)

FABG Volunteers Needed For Musical Instrument Donation Program

Volunteers Needed for the “Play It again, Ithaca” (PIAI) Musical Instrument Recycling Program

If you have questions or are interested in becoming a PIAI volunteer, please send an email to president@fabgithaca.org

The motto of the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) is “all the arts for all the kids.” To this end, the goal of the Play it Again, Ithaca (PIAI) program is to get unused instruments out from under beds and out of the attics of folks in the community, make them playable (PIAI helps with repairs), and give the recycled instruments to the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) so the instruments can be “played again” by children in need. More instruments means more children in our school district can participate in the musical arts....(read more)

Middle School Honor Band TONIGHT March 6

Eleven Boynton Middle School Band Members have been working hard as members of the 2021 New York State Band Directors Association Statewide Middle School Honor Band. Over the past 2 months they have submitted their performance videos to the project engineer and the final product will be presented at 5:00pm tomorrow, Saturday, March 6, 2021, at 5:00pm....(read more)

ICSD Reimagining Virtual Gallery announcement

Fine and Performing Arts will be adding a virtual gallery space to the ICSD website for staff to voluntarily share student work and process. Along with your students, arts educators have physically and psychologically reimagined ways to make music, art, and theatre this year. Despite great loss, value has been found in community, identity, connections, resilience, solidarity, hope.

“Reimagining” is a virtual exhibition of the silver linings, the power of stepping out of the box, recognizing the boundless, healing power of artistic expression, and highlighting what we value.

Similar to the Digital Time Capsule, the gallery space will be categorized into themes where art, music, and performance can be accessed....(read more)

Ithaca High Choir and Orchestra Collaborate with Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers

https://drive.google.com/file/d/11szdhE_5lKmf9Z0D1zhYUZgvg1zMZe1s/view

’Glory’ is a musical description of the struggle for social justice from the past to the present,” Dr. Baruch Whitehead, Director of the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers (DCJS), said.

The collaboration between the DCJS, a group of college and community singers whose namesake, Dorothy Cotton, was a civil rights icon, has provided an opportunity for IHS students to deepen their understanding of solidarity and allyship.

“The students of Ithaca High School Choir are thoughtful young artists who are not blind to the injustice they see in the world,” IHS Choir Director Kristin Zaryski said. “Particularly this school year, they’ve felt an urgency to learn and do more....(read more)

Ithaca College Students Offer Free Virtual Lessons

Hello! Our names are Raelene, Kaitlyn, Jen and Emma and we are music majors at Ithaca College! As members of Mu Phi Epsilon, a professional music fraternity, we are committed to serving our community through music. So, we are offering to give free virtual private lessons on a variety of woodwind and brass instruments. If interested, please email rford1@ithaca.edu

Raelene Ford

Ithaca Composers Project

The Boynton Middle School Band Program, Michael Allen, Director, has partnered with Ithaca College Composition Majors, Professor Sally Lamb McCune, Project Manager, to create and perform original compositions for solo instruments. Starting in September 2020, the Boynton Band Members worked one-on-one with their college mentors to develop musical themes into completed original works. The project will culminate on March 3, 2021, 7:00pm, with a virtual performance of the new compositions.

The Ithaca College Student Composers are Jeffrey Taylor, Nathaniel Finke, Aspen Earls, Rebecca Torro, Jack Edwards and Caleb Bates....(read more)

DeWitt Middle School Virtual Drama Feb 11 and 12 at 7:00 p.m.

The DeWitt Drama Production is coming soon to a Virtual World near you! Links will be sent out in the days to come!!! Thank you all for your support during this really hard time.

February 11th and 12th, at 7:00pm is our DeWitt Virtual Drama Production (Title yet to be determined by the students) . You will see and hear about 71 different students in the appr. 90 minute show. All of the monologues, skits, PSAs and Scenes were written by students!...(read more)

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