Performing Arts

Performing Arts Dates to Remember, 2019-2020


Ichabod Crane Performing Arts Program Overview

The Ichabod Crane Central School Music Department is proud to offer a comprehensive program that promotes a love of music while teaching students to be independent musicians. K-8 General Music classes build music foundation skills through experiential learning and performance. Students in grades 5-12 have the opportunity to perform in a wide variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles. Select ensembles are available to students by audition. Additionally, courses in Music Theory allow the more dedicated musician to deepen their musical knowledge and gain a comprehensive, applicable understanding of how music functions.

Through participation in music at Ichabod Crane, students will learn life skills such as self-discipline, teamwork, reliability, positive self-expression, responsibility, and respect for both the art and their fellow musicians.

Ichabod Crane graduates have attended top music schools such as Manhattan School of Music, Ithaca College, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Fredonia, SUNY New Paltz, Bard Conservatory, Nazareth, Wagner, NYU, Hartwick, Berkley School of Music, Hartt School of Music, Schenectady Community College, East Carolina University, Shenandoah Conservatory, and the College of St. Rose. Graduates of ICC are now working in the fields of music performance, opera, musical theatre, music education, music business/management, music/audio production & recording, musical composition, and music therapy.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to one of the district’s music educators. We would love to talk to you about the program!


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Primary School Music 



Middle School Music


Grade 5
Amy Giammattei –

Rukan Khondker –


Grades 5 and 6


Grade 7 and 8


High School Music



Ichabod Crane Acting Troupe 


Acting Troupe Contact: Gail Helfer, 518-758-7575

The Crane Acting Troupe was organized after two successful seasons of summer musical productions at Ichabod Crane. The Troupe is a self-supporting co-curricular activity open to students in grades 7 through 12 under the advisement of music and theatre teacher Gail Nadeem Helfer. Each year students in the Acting Troupe have the opportunity to attend workshops on auditioning skills, costuming, make-up, and stage crafts. Members of the Crane Acting Troupe are not only performers, but also technical staff and crew members interested in the many tasks associated with theatre, both onstage and backstage.

Community assistance is welcome and has been growing over the years, which provides an opportunity for the expertise of adults to be shared with the students.

Seniors have received the New York State Theatre Education Association’s ‘Certificates of Excellence’ in theatre. Several seniors have served as interns at the New York State Theatre Institute. Alumni of the Crane Acting Troupe have continued their studies in theatre, musical theatre, dance, arts administration, stage management, technical theatre, and scenic design. Recent graduates of these programs have obtained employment as a scenic painter for the Barter Theatre, stage manager for a national tour of Ragtime, stage manager for the Goodspeed Opera House, and ensemble member in the national tour of Ragtime.


2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR CRANE ACTING TROUPE PRODUCTION: Disney’s The Little Mermaid  

(May 19, 2020) The difficult decision has been made to cancel the previously postponed Crane Acting Troupe spring production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

They prepared a short statement about this decision that you can find here.

This year’s Spring Musical Production offers The Crane Acting Troupe a fantastic creative opportunity to present to the community a show filled with rich costumes and sets as well as a chance to perform some of the best-known songs from the past 30 years. Based on one of Hans Christian Anderson’s most beloved stories and the animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a “hauntingly beautiful” fairytale.

View The Little Mermaid Acting Troupe Cast List



Ichabod Crane Marching Band


Student membership in the ICC Riders Marching Band is open to:



    3)  7th & 8th GRADE BAND MEMBERS



Students should attend as much of Summer Band Camp as possible. A sports physical is required of all ‘Riders’ Marching Band members.

Marching Band Contact
Jennifer Edwards, High School Band Director



TEMPO (To Encourage Music Participation Organization) 


A parent/community organization that fosters enthusiasm for music and the performing arts in our school district and community. We support the music and performing arts department in a variety of ways. We encourage feedback and you can contact us at

You can also connect with us on our Facebook page or read through the TEMPO brochure



(December 12, 2019)  The annual  TEMPO December Newsletter is now available online. Enjoy it below!


(December 3, 2019) Congratulations to Michael Vecellio and Erin Curry! These two high school students are representing Ichabod Crane this week (December 5-8) at the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) All-State Festival in Rochester, NY.

Erin and Michael put in a lot of hard work getting to this point: all students participating in the Festival must audition a level six solo and sight-read a short musical passage for a NYSSMA All-State adjudicator. Only the highest-scoring students (typically a score of 100) in New York State are selected to perform and participate in the Conference All-State Music Ensemble.

Erin and Michael will go through several days of intensive choral rehearsals with prestigious conductors from across the country, culminating in a showcase concert this weekend at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester.

We’re so proud of Michael & Erin for achieving this goal and thank all the teachers who helped them along the way.


TEMPO Officers

Kathy Dady, President
Melanie Moon, Vice President
Anne Krizar, Treasurer
Melissa Schieren, Secretary


2019-2020 TEMPO Meeting Dates

Wednesday, September 18
Wednesday, October 23
Wednesday, November 20
No December meeting
Wednesday, January 15
Wednesday, February 26
Wednesday, March 18
Wednesday, April 22
Wednesday, May 20
Wednesday, June 17

Meetings begin at 7 p.m. in the HS Library.


Upcoming TEMPO Events


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