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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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Ithaca Drama Club Presents She Kills Monsters
The Ithaca Drama Club will perform She Kills Monsters, a drama-comedy play by Qui Nguyen, on Friday, November 19, and Saturday, November 20, at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, November 21, at 2 p.m. All three performances will be in-person at Kulp Auditorium. Click here to learn more and purchase tickets!
ICSD Band, Choir, and Theatre Moving to 3 Feet of Physical Distancing
Starting on Monday, November 8, 2021, band, choir, and theatre will move from 6 feet to 3 feet of physical distancing. More >>
IHS Students Selected for 2021 NYSSMA All-State Performing Ensemble
Congratulations to the IHS music students who were selected to participate in the 2021 NYSSMA All-State Performing Ensemble in Rochester, NY in December 2021. Thousands of students auditioned for this honor last spring at solo and ensemble festivals throughout the state.

FAQs for Caregivers
Please view our Frequently Asked Questions for Caregivers 2021-2022 document for important information regarding fine and performing arts this school year.
IHS Graduate's Artwork Selected for Inclusion in the 2021 AP Art and Design Digital Exhibit
Ithaca High School's Leah Henseler was recently selected by the College Board for inclusion in the 2021 Advanced Art (AP) Art and Design Digital Exhibit. This year's exhibit features high-quality student artworks exploring creativity, innovation in artmaking and thinking, critical thinking through inquiry, process and practice, and excellence in skill. Two of Leah's sculptures were selected for inclusion. More >>
Tatiana Byrd Wins Lee Strebel Memorial Award
Tatiana Byrd was named as the recipient of the 2021 Lee Strebel Memorial Award for Enthusiasm in the Performing Arts.  The Ithaca High School (IHS) Underclass Awardees were announced at the June 16, 2021 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. 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 provide students opportunities for furthering their understanding of core concepts through the arts while also deepening student’s 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