Mural Celebration at Northeast Elementary School's Outdoor Amphitheater
Join us on Sunday, October 2 from 12:30 - 1 PM to celebrate the completion of the new mural at Northeast Elementary School. Meet muralists from the 411 Collective and watch them paint! Come say hi to Principal Samantha Little and Associate Principal Julie Humble. Cookies to be provided by Ithaca Murals.
ICSD Music Students Accepted to the 2022 NYSSMA All-State Performing Ensemble(s)
Congratulations to the following ICSD Music Students for being accepted to the 2022 NYSSMA All-State Performing Ensemble(s) in Rochester, NY on December 1 through December 4, 2022. Thousands of students auditioned for this honor last spring at solo and ensemble festivals throughout the State.
We are proud of you!
Alice Burke Selected as Member of the 2022 NAfME All-National Symphony Orchestra, Violin 2
The 2022 All-National Honor Ensembles program will take place at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland outside Washington, DC, November 3–6, 2022.
Congratulations to Ithaca High School senior Will Shanton (bass trombone), who has been selected to participate in the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-National Symphonic Band, as well as to senior Jacob Merrill (alto saxophone), who was selected as an alternate for the Jazz Ensemble! The selected students will perform in November at the NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles (ANHE) event.
IHS Seniors Selected for NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles
Andrew (Knox) Travis was named as the recipient of the 2022 Lee Strebel Memorial Award for Enthusiasm in the Performing Arts. The Ithaca High School (IHS) Underclass Awardees were announced at the June 9th award ceremony at the Ithaca High School Performing Arts Center. The Lee Strebel Memorial Award is presented each year to an IHS student who has not only participated in performing arts at the high school level but has shown extraordinary spirit in that pursuit.
Andrew (Knox) Travis named Lee Strebel Memorial Award Winner
The award is given in loving memory of Lee Strebel, an IHS student who died suddenly during his freshman year in February 2006. In his short time at the high school, Lee became a standout in the drama department after playing the leading role of George Gibbs in Our Town. “Lee was a promising young actor to be sure, but what made him so well-loved was his constant smile, great work ethic, support for his peers and an unshakeable positive mental attitude. It is hoped that the recipient of this award will continue to demonstrate many of the same attributes and recognize that although skills may be handed out in various amounts, our attitude and effort are completely under our control,” notes the Strebel family.
Ithaca High School teacher Lorraine Tino praised Knox, “Knox is enthusiasm personified. He always gives 110% and that level of pure energy and commitment uplifts all who work with him! Knox is a joy!”
The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI), works with the high school drama staff and the Strebel family to present this award. The award is made possible due to a grant from the Strebel Fund for Community Enrichment. Since 2006, past Lee Strebel Memorial awardees include Emily Morse, Maddie Carroll, Ian Statema, James Slusar, Emily Scarpula, Sarah Skrovan, Laura McEnerney, Elias Spector-Zabusky, Haley Evanoski, Kasia Sendek, Jameelia Ricks, Leah Slattery, Raia Gutman, Nikolay Fontanez-Vargas and Tatiana Byrd.
IPEI is a community based not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that develops supportive community and private sector relationships with the Ithaca City School District (ICSD). Founded in 1996, IPEI is committed to connecting school and community through collaboration, engagement, gifts and grants. For more information, see www.ipei.org or contact 256-IPEI (4734) or email@example.com.
FABG works in partnership with the ICSD to support and celebrate all the arts for all the kids. For more information about the boosters and IPEI, visit www.fabgithaca.org and www.ipei.org.
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.
Boynton Orchestra Earns Gold With Distinction at NYSSMA Major Organization Festival
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 >>
ICSD Music Education Program Receives National Recognition for 10th Consecutive Year