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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Volunteer to Keep Arts Education Strong in the ICSD

Help the Fine Arts Booster Group - volunteer for jobs large and small! Contact

Below are some of the areas where help is need. Communications — a few jobs that can be shared, including disseminating press releases, and posting events, news, and calendars to the FABG website.

Graphics and Layout person — tasks include arranging the pieces provided to create the secondary schools’ performing arts programs

Ad Coordinator — tasks include soliciting advertisers and working with graphic designers and district personnel on ad section of secondary school choir, band, orchestra, and drama performance programs.

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Want to Donate a Used Musical Instrument? Click on the Give -Time, Donations, Instruments tab above for More Information

Find information on how to donate your used musical instrument in the “Give - Time, Donations, Instruments” tab above or just email We have changed some of our procedures due to COVID-9 restrictions to help keep our volunteers, donors, instrument repair staff, and Ithaca City School District (ICSD) staff safe during the entire donation process.

Help with NYSSMA - virtually, need help before June 1

Volunteers Needed for Virtual New York State School Music Association Festival (NYSSMA)

We are looking for volunteers to help transfer NYSSMA scores from one online platform to another for students that participated in our festival this year. We can start working on this by this weekend (May 15) and we need to be finished by June 1.

Contact Erika St. Denis for more details:

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

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