Cohn Music Scholarships

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 music scholarships for summer study through the Ithaca Youth Bureau (IYB) Summer Band and Orchestra Program. New in 2022, the IYB program will also include choir. 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. “Continuing music education is important to students’ overall academic, artistic and social development. Summer time music activities help middle school students, in particular, solidify their skills and continue music study into their high school years,” noted Cohn. “My daughters benefited greatly from the rich musical offerings at Boynton Middle School as well as through participation in the IYB Summer Band and Orchestra Programs. The breadth, variety and excellence of these opportunities have had a real impact on them. I particularly want to recognize Michael Allen for his leadership and enthusiasm. This fund also honors my parents and their commitment to music education in all its forms.”

Registration forms and scholarship information are available at the IYB or online at beginning in April. Questions may be directed to the IYB staff at (607) 273-8364.

Program dates for Orchestra and Choir: June 28 - July 21, 2022 Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Ithaca High School’s Performing Arts Center Green Orchestra 6:30PM - 7:15PM Blue Orchestra 7:30 PM- 8:30PM Chorus 5:30PM - 6:30PM Mark Lewis, Orchestra Director Emily Preston, Choir Director

Program Dates for Band: July 5 - July 21, 2022 Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Ithaca High School Performing Arts Center Green Band 6:30PM - 7:15PM Blue Band 7:30PM - 8:30PM Michael Treat, Band Director

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 in arts programs. 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

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

For more information about the booster group and how you can help, contact Co-Presidents Alice Wu and Julie Hughes at or (607)256-4734. If you want to stay informed about what is happening with the fine and performing arts in the ICSD, consider following @fabgithaca on twitter and facebook or join the listserv by emailing Ongoing FABG initiatives include mini-grants to teachers, student scholarships, producing performance booklets for ICSD secondary schools’ concerts and drama productions; strengthening community connections; fundraising; Play It Again, Ithaca (collection of used musical instruments for use in the schools); Saltonstall Arts Colony retreat for teachers; and various efforts in support of arts in the schools.
FABG is open to all K-12 staff, parents, students and community members and is concerned with all arts areas. Join the group and volunteer to work on goals – communication, grant giving, development, community connections, and instrument recycling. Celebrate FABG’s 20th year supporting “All the Arts for All the Kids!,” make your gift of $20 today at .