Rella and Barney Cohn Music Scholarship Fund

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  • IYBThe Rella and Barney Cohn Music Scholarship Fund, established by Abby Cohn in memory of her parents and in honor of the excellent music education available in the Ithaca City School District, provides annual music scholarships for summer study through the Ithaca Youth Bureau Summer Band and Orchestra Program.

    “Continuing music education is important to students’ overall academic, artistic and social development. Summer-time music activities help middle school students, in particular, solidify their skills and continue music study into their high school years,” notes Abby Cohn. “My daughters benefited greatly from the rich musical offerings at Boynton Middle School as well as through participation in the IYB Summer Band and Orchestra Programs The breadth, variety and excellence of these opportunities had a real impact on them. I particularly want to recognize Michael Allen for his leadership and enthusiasm. This fund also honors my parents and their commitment to music education in all its forms.”

    The Rella and Barney Cohn Music Scholarship Fund is administered by IPEI with assistance from the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) an IPEI affiliate, and the Ithaca Youth Bureau)IYB).

    Scholarships are applied to the IYB Summer Band and Orchestra Program. Registration is in June and requires the IYB scholarship application.

    The Summer Band and Orchestra program is designed to encourage students to continue individual and ensemble skill development on their instruments during the summer months. This program consists of four ensembles: a beginning band, a beginning orchestra, an advanced band, and an advanced orchestra.

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