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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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)

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)

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