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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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IHS Student Show Selection Committee Selects A Killer Party by Kait Kerrigan for Spring Musical
A Killer Party is a murder mystery musical created by Broadway artists during quarantine 2020. This catchy pop-rock score was described by the New York Times as “a goofy lark featuring jaunting tunes” reminiscent of Agatha Christie. The musical was written exclusively for a virtual performance and includes inclusive language pronouns and interchangeable gender identities for flexible casting. 

In spring 2020, IHS students were surveyed to find out what stories they wanted to produce for the IHS play and musical. From this data, the production team vetted shows to match student interest and presented the ideas to the IHS Student Show Selection Committee before voting.  

Auditions for A Killer Party start in January! Click here for the show video promotion
ICSD Educators Partner with Ithaca College to Design Virtual Music Projects
Eleven ICSD music teachers are partnering with 22 Ithaca College preservice music teachers to design virtual music projects using an online collaborative sound recording program, Soundtrap. The music teachers participated in professional development workshops this fall, after the district procured subscriptions for students to access the online recording software. Beginning in February, ICSD music students will participate in songwriting activities, chamber music projects, and large virtual ensembles in cloud-based musical collaborations with their peers. Ithaca College students have been using Soundtrap since moving to fully-remote instruction in March 2020, producing both large-scale productions and smaller projects. Ithaca College Music Education students will draw on their experiences using Soundtrap to assist in ICSD projects in the spring, facilitating synchronous and asynchronous projects in general music, band, strings, and choral settings throughout the district. 
IHS Choirs to Collaborate with Dr. Baruch Whitehead and Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers
Ithaca High School choir students will engage in a four-month community collaboration with Dr. Baruch Whitehead and the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers. The collaboration will include two virtual choir project "singles," including Glory by John Legend and Common, as well as two virtual choir projects for the March 12 IHS virtual theme concert, "Lost and Found": Great Day by Moses Hogan and Amazing Grace, arrangement by Michael Stern, '14. Additionally, there will be monthly in-class community development sessions with lessons about the African American spiritual and gospel music, and discussions surrounding representation, anti-racism, bias, and allyship.
Boynton and DeWitt Students Selected to Participate in Statewide Honor Band
Sixteen students from DeWitt and Boynton have been selected to participate in the 2021 New York State Band Directors Association Statewide Middle School Honor Band! Visit the FABG website for the full press release. 

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

Virtual Performances Playlist

DeWitt Band Virtual Family Event
A wonderful example of students and staff finding silver linings and building community with music.