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


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:

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

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

’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

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)

Black Lives Matter Mural project for the ICSD

Greetings Colleagues, Call for Submissions - for the district wide Black Lives Matter at School mural.

Special thanks to community, staff and building leaders who shared their thinking and wisdom during the development phase of this project!

Please consider how the students you work with can participate in this mural project and thank you also for sharing this information with your colleagues.

Everything folks need to can be found on the district website. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Thank you!

Peace, Daphne Shululu ICSD Fine and Performing Arts Director

2021 Saltonstall Teacher Residency - Announced

Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts Partners with Fine Arts Boosters to Host Teacher Retreat: Teachers Announced

The Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, in partnership with the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, is offering a creative retreat for teachers of the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) and other districts in Tompkins County during the February and April school breaks. The program is designed to provide residency-type retreats for local teachers in creative writing, photography/film/video, and painting/sculpture/visual art. It is totally free for teachers selected through a lottery system....(read more)

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