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Fine and Performing Arts



Daphne Shululu
Director of Fine and Performing Arts


Fine and Performing Arts recognizes that the study of music, art, and theatre inspires learning, critical thinking, identity development, and strong communities. We celebrate the authentic selves of all students and work to cultivate loving relationships through anti-racist, inclusive, culturally responsive practices. Students explore their artistic voices and hone their skills in music, art, and theatre through authentic performance opportunities in school and in the community.


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June Concert and Performance Schedule
  • IHS Choir Concert - June 3rd at 7:30 p.m., Kulp Auditorium
  • IHS Band Concert - June 8th at 7:30 p.m., Kulp Auditorium
  • Middle School Musical Mashup: "Matilda, Jr." - June 16th and 17th at 7 p.m. and June 18th at 2 p.m., Kulp Auditorium
  • DeWitt 6th Grade Choir Concert - June 21st in the afternoon, DeWitt Theatre
  • DeWitt Orchestra and 7/8 Choir Concert - June 21st at 7 p.m., Kulp Auditorium
Boynton Orchestra Earns Gold With Distinction at NYSSMA Major Organization Festival
Congratulations to the Boynton Middle School 7th-8th Orchestra students who performed at the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Major Organization Festival. The orchestra, under the direction of Mark Lewis, earned the highest possible rating - Gold With Distinction.

ICSD Music Education Program Receives National Recognition for 10th Consecutive Year
The Ithaca City School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) designation from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. This is the tenth consecutive year that the ICSD has received this designation! More >>

Ithaca Murals Comes to Cayuga Heights Elementary
The Ithaca Murals Initiative has chosen Cayuga Heights Elementary School to have a mural painted on the sidewall of the school (above where the rock garden lives). This group has been responsible for many of the beautiful murals that brighten our town. Cayuga Heights principal Lisa Sahasrabudhe and art teacher Marlena Doerr have both been instrumental in bringing this program to CHES. Fifth graders have been brainstorming themes, and proposals were accepted from artists. The entire school will be able to vote for the winning proposal. Eventually, all students will have a chance to do a small section of the mural with the majority of the work being done by the artist. More >>
Thirteen Middle School Students Selected for Statewide Honor Band
The DeWitt and Boynton middle school band programs are proud to announce that 13 students have been selected as participants or alternates for the 2022 New York State Band Directors Association (NYSBDA) Statewide Middle School Honor Band. More >>

Pathways for Studying Music, Art, and Theatre

Visual Art
Music Instruction K-7 Art Instruction K-7
Choir 6-12 Media Arts 7-12
Band 4-12 Ceramic Arts 9-12
Orchestra 3-12 Digital Photography 9-12
Music Production 9-12 Studio Art 6-12
Music Production
Middle School Play Music Production 9-12
Middle School Musical Applied Music Production 9-12
Middle School Variety Show  
HS Drama & Student-Directed One-Acts  
HS Musical Technical Theater Club  

Course Details

Music and Art Instruction (K-12)
Expressive art and music instruction K-7 allow students to further their understanding of core concepts through the arts while also deepening students' identities as artists through creating, performing, responding, and connecting to art and music.
Soul of the Earth exhibit
Instrumental Music: Band & Orchestra (3-12)
The band and orchestra programs begin in elementary school and provide students opportunities to further their musical identities through studying a band or strings instrument. In addition to weekly lessons, students rehearse, play, and perform with their peers in small and large ensembles with authentic field performance experiences.
Visual and Media Art (8-12)
Students may further their identities as visual artists through studying studio arts, media arts, ceramic arts, and photography.
Theatre (6-12)
Opportunities to study theater, both drama and musicals, cultivate student voice, agency, and the craft theatrical storytelling. Student leadership opportunities in assembling the theatrical productions from theatrical design to production crew.
IHS Production of The Jury 2019

Virtual Performances Playlist