Who Are the Friends?

The Friends of Ithaca College are local businesspeople, community members, and Ithaca College faculty, staff, and alumni who work together to strengthen the ties between the college and the local community. For more than 50 years, the Friends have supported scholarships for students from our region as well as other college priorities. Through their membership fees, the Friends have helped more than 350 students from central New York receive an IC education.

On this site you can learn about the benefits of being a Friend and how to become a Friend, view a list of Friends members, and read about the Friends scholarship fund.

What the Friends Do

  • Partner with a leading educational institution
  • Support area students with scholarships
  • Work to strengthen the local community
  • Network with area leaders and businesses
  • Enjoy cultural, social, and educational events at the college

Upcoming College Events


The Shirley and Chas Hockett Chamber Music Concert Series presents
Akropolis Reed Quintet

Kari Dion, clarinet; Tim Gocklin, oboe;
Andrew Koeppe, bass clarinet; Matt Landry, saxophone; Ryan Reynolds, bassoon

Sunday, February 19, 2017
4:00 p.m.
Ford Hall
James J. Whalen Center for Music

Workshop and Chamber Music Coaching
Saturday, February 18, 2017
3:00 p.m.
Hockett Family Recital Hall

Master Classes
Saturday, February 18, 2017
7:00 p.m.
Hockett Family Recital Hall, Ford Hall, Presser Rehearsal Room, and Beeler Rehearsal Room
James J. Whalen Center for Music

Concert, workshop, and master classes are free and open to the public.

Hailed for their "imagination, infallible musicality, and huge vitality" (Fanfare), the Akropolis Reed Quintet performs an innovative, living repertoire with acclaimed precision. Founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan and the first reed quintet to win the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition Gold Medal in 2014, Akropolis also took the grand prize at the Music Teachers National Association and Plowman chamber music competitions in 2011, and in 2012 was runner-up at the Chamber Music Yellow Springs national competition, silver medalist at the Fischoff competition, and bronze medalist at the International Chamber Music Competition held at the New England Conservatory of Music. Widely renowned for their dedication to young musicians and audiences, Akropolis is also winner of the 2015 Fischoff Educator Award.

The Akropolis Reed Quintet appears by arrangement with Ariel Artists. For more information about the Shirley and Chas Hockett Chamber Music Concert Series, click here

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation should call 607-274-3717 or email ekibelsbeck@ithaca.edu as much in advance of the event as possible.