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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Shout out to NYSSMA helpers

SHOUT OUT to Michael Allen, the FABG and the ICSD music faculty for organizing, supporting and preparing ICSD music students for the NYSSMA festival last weekend at Boynton middle school! Over 1500 students from 9 counties participated! This is the third year ICSD hosted, thank you Michael Allen for your dedication and for everyone who helped with the event.

In addition, this is the third year ICSD was recognized by The NAMM Foundation for its “outstanding commitment to music education” A SHOUT OUT to all of you for nurturing the creative talents of our students and working everyday to help make Ithaca one of the Best Communities for Music Education!

Daphne Shululu Fine and Performing Arts Director ICSD

Help FABG and ICSD at NYSSMA on May 3 and 4

STUDENTS DESCEND ON ITHACA FOR MUSICAL CHALLENGE – VOLUNTEER TO HELP

The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) is host to the New York State Schools Music Association (NYSSMA) Solo and Ensemble Festival on May 3 and 4, 2019 at Boynton Middle School. More than 1,400 students will come to Ithaca from several counties to perform for professional evaluators. Students set self-learning goals that go above and beyond their classroom work in solo and ensemble pieces, and they perform for judges.

The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) assists in this effort and is seeking adult volunteers to help host this event. Volunteers help guide students and families to their evaluation room, provide judge assistance and more....(read more)

7th Year ICSD is Recognized by NAMM for Best Community for Music Education

ICSD Recognized for Commitment to Music Education

The Ithaca City School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) designation from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. This is the seventh consecutive year that the ICSD has received this designation. The award program recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students, and community leaders who have made music education part of a well-rounded education. Designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education. The ICSD was one of just 623 school districts nationwide to receive this honor....(read more)

Boynton Orchestra Congrats!

Results: 6th Grade Orchestra - Level II - GOLD!!! A GOLD rating is given to groups who have demonstrated an outstanding level of technical and artistic skill in all of the evaluative categories (Tone, Intonation, Balance, Technique, Accuracy/Execution, Rhythm, Interpretation, etc) for all 3 musical selections.

Boynton Chamber Orchestra - Level III - GOLD WITH DISTINCTION!!! A rating of GOLD WITH DISTINCTION is awarded to those groups who quality for a Gold Rating, while having achieved a standard of performance deemed exceptional in all three selections.

Mark Lewis Orchestra Director Boynton Middle School Ithaca City School District

Updated Links for Cohn Scholarship for Summer Music Study

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 Ithaca Youth Bureau.

Michael W....(read more)

Cohn Scholarship Help Students Bridge Summer Study 2019

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 Ithaca Youth Bureau.

Michael W....(read more)

FABG Awards Special Grant Spring 2019

FINE ARTS BOOSTER GROUP AWARDS GRANTS TO SUPPORT ITHACA ARTS EDUCATION

The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, has awarded $3,980 in four grants to Ithaca City School District (ICSD) programs that will reach over 1,150 students (see below for list). Grant funds are made possible through FABG performance booklet ad sales and individual donations. The boosters produce performance booklet programs for middle and high school concerts and plays, totaling over 35 events each year. District arts events are open to all, a calendar can be found at www.fabgithaca.org. Grant deadlines are also listed on the website.

Fine Arts Booster Group grants were awarded for district-wide and special projects....(read more)

Thanks to all who made Dallas Brass Possible From Daphne Shululu

Shout out! to the colleagues who made the field trip to see the Dallas Brass in KULP Auditorium possible. Over 600 students from South Hill Elementary, Caroline, BJM, Enfield, Fall Creek, Cayuga Heights, Boynton Middle School and IHS attended!

Please forward a warm thank you to all teachers and staff who were a part of making this experience for students possible.

Thanks also to the Ithaca Concert Band, Boynton Band Club, FABG and IPEI for the funding support.

Daphne Shululu, ICSD Fine and Performing Arts Director

Dallas Brass Band Visits ICSD

Dallas Brass Give Kids Concert at Kulp

The Dallas Brass, one of the premiere brass ensembles in the world, will perform a concert and masterclass at Ithaca High School, Kulp Auditorium, on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at 10:00am. Over 500 Ithaca City School District student musicians will attend. The Dallas Brass will also perform side-by-side with their community partner, the Ithaca Concert Band, in a 7:00pm concert on Tuesday, March 19th, at Ford Hall in the Whalen Center for Music on the campus of Ithaca College. Concert Admission will be $10.00 per person.

The Dallas Brass visit is sponsored the the Fine Arts Booster Group, an Affiliate of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative, the Boynton Band Fund and Ticket Sales from the evening concert at Ithaca College.

Thanks to the Fine Arts Booster Group IPEI Adult Spelling Bee Team - Fine Arts "Word" Boosters

Thanks to Martha Frommelt, Michelle Hitz and Daphne Shululu for the FAB fun!

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