Help FABG and ICSD at NYSSMA on May 3 and 4


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. If you can volunteer to help with NYSSMA office duties, contact FABG Co-Presidents Alice Wu and Julie Hughes at by May 1. Additional questions about NYSSMA can be directed to Michael Allen, Boynton Band Director at Volunteers do not have to be parent/caregivers. This festival engages students at all levels from elementary to high school. Wu notes, “The energy of students at the NYSSMA Festival is inspiring. Students are excited to challenge themselves and volunteers can share in their enthusiasm.”

An affiliate of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI), the FABG works in partnership with the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) to support and celebrate all the arts for all the kids. The Fine Arts Boosters strive for increased student access and participation. 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, @fabgithaca on twitter or FABGithaca on Facebook.

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