IHS to Produce "A Killer Party," its First-Ever Virtual Musical
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: showtix4u.com/event-details/50441
. Each stream is $10 per device, so your whole household only needs one ticket if you’re watching together! More >>
"Amazing Grace" Virtual Performance
is a virtual performance single performed by the IHS choir and the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee singers as part of a four month collaboration with the group. This single was performed as part of the "Lost and Found" concert on March 26th.
Through the enduring spirit of self-expression, students have physically and psychologically reimagined ways to make music, art, and theatre in 2020-2021. Despite great loss, value has been found in community, identity, connections, resilience, solidarity, hope - and grace.
"Reimagining" Virtual Gallery
Art, music and theatre students have a story to tell. Through the enduring spirit of self-expression, students have physically and psychologically reimagined a way to make music, art and theatre in 2020-2021. Despite great loss, value was 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: ithacacityschools.org/virtualgallery.
IHS Choir and Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers Release Virtual Performance of "Glory"
The Ithaca High School Choir and the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers release a stunning virtual performance of "Glory"
by John Legend, Common and Rhymefest in celebration of Black Lives Matter at School and Black History Month. This work is the result of a four-month collaboration with the IHS Choir and the DCJS involving 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. In addition to this powerful virtual choir project "single," two additional choir projects will be released in March as part of the IHS virtual theme concert, "Lost and Found." More >>
Cayuga Chamber Orchestra announces “Bridging the Gap”
The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra announces the successful launch of “Bridging the Gap,” an educational initiative with Lansing, DeWitt and Boynton middle schools made possible by a generous grant from the Legacy Foundation. The “Bridging the Gap” program was created to support the instrumental programs of area middle schools during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Through online coaching sessions led by CCO musicians and mentoring sessions led by high school members of the CCO Youth Orchestra, the program aims to provide additional instruction, motivation and inspiration. More >>
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. 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.