DeWitt Middle School Orchestra Selected for National Orchestra Festival: Supported by Carol J. Buckley Scholarship for Students in the Arts, an IPEI Fund

The DeWitt Middle School Orchestra was selected, by audition, to perform at the Heritage National Orchestra Competition and Festival in Boston, MA, April 27-28, 2013. DeWitt Middle School students will participate in master classes with professional musicians and perform in a concert with other selected schools.

DeWitt Orchestra Director Aaron Buck states, “Going to festivals and competitions is a great way for these seventh and eighth grade students to see what other orchestras are doing and helps them as a team to achieve something great. It gives our students a goal to shoot for.”

The Carol J. Buckley Scholarship for Students in the Arts, a fund of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI), supported this special opportunity with a grant. The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) assists in the administration of this annual award.

Additional donations are being sought and can be made online through or via checks can be made out to “DeWitt Student Activities/Orchestra” and sent directly to DeWitt Middle School, c/o Aaron Buck, 560 Warren Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850. Funds support scholarship assistance to the national festival.

The Carol J. Buckley Scholarship for Students in the Arts fund was established in 2005 in memory of Carol Buckley, a graduate of the Ithaca High School Class of 1983, who died of Lou Gehrig’s disease in 2005, at the age of 40. She was a passionate performer, the epitome of vitality, who lived her life fully and with great joy. Throughout her life, Carol Buckley shared her exquisite soprano voice with the Ithaca community. The fund was established by her family and friends to provide scholarship assistance to talented students pursuing advanced study in the arts, and to support educational programs in the arts in the Ithaca City School District (ICSD).

The Fine Arts Boosters support all the arts for all the kids. FABG strives to foster appreciation for the arts, advocate for the arts, and improve learning opportunities for all. To reach these goals, the boosters fundraise, communicate, form partnerships and give grants. Formed in 2001 as an affiliate of IPEI, 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