Composition Department

Georgina Joshi Composition Commission Award

A $1000 commission to be awarded to a Jacobs School of Music student majoring in composition for a work for solo voice and instrumental ensemble to be premiered by the IU New Music Ensemble.

The Georgina Joshi Composition Commission Award, made possible by a gift from the Georgina Joshi Foundation, provides an annual award to an undergraduate or graduate student composer within the IU Jacobs School of Music Composition Department, for a composition for solo voice and instrumental ensemble. The Georgina Joshi Composition Commission Award is presented to the student composer  whose Joshi Commission submission is ranked highest as judged by the composition department faculty.

Students wishing to be considered for the award will enter a work featuring solo voice or voices, with or without instruments.

If your submitted work does not include at least six instruments, you must also submit a sample of your writing for ensemble of at least six instruments. 

During the summer following the award, the director of the New Music Ensemble will meet with the commissioned composer to determine the length (typically about 10 minutes) and instrumentation of the new work.


12:00 noon, on the Monday following Spring Break.


PDF score only. Make sure that your score is formatted well. Speak to your teacher if you have any question about this.

All PDFs and mp3s must be uploaded to the Submissions Folder at: 

Use this format for the filename of your work with voice: J_<lastname>_<title>.pdf

Use this format for the filename of instrumental sample:  JIS_<lastname>_<title>.pdf  (submitted if vocal work does not include at least six instruments) 

Recordings are strongly recommended though not required.  Upload mp3s with filenames as above but ending ".mp3" (do not submit ".wav." or ".aif" files)


Enrollment as a composition major during fall and/or the following spring semester for each spring deadline. Additionally, the winning student must be returning to IU the following year or graduating from the DM program.

Georgina Joshi

Georgina JoshiA native of Indiana, Georgina Joshi received her bachelor’s degree in music (with honors) from the Royal College of Music, London, where she studied with Eiddwen Harrhy. At the time of her death, she was pursuing a master’s degree in music in voice at the IU Jacobs School of Music, where she studied with Alan Bennett. While at IU, Joshi appeared as a soloist in Haydn’s Creation, Handel’s Solomon, Bach’s B-Minor Mass, the Mozart Requiem and the Brahms Deutsches Requiem. She also appeared in IU Opera Theater productions as Clorinda in La Cenerentola and Despina in Così fan tutte. An enthusiastic performer, she collaborated with other musicians, such as the Catacoustic Consort and The Bath Street Studio and was a member of the Jacobs School’s ProArte Choir and the Carmel Bach Festival Chorale. Outside the U.S., she appeared as a soloist in England, Wales, Romania, and Greece.   

Commissioned works premiered by the IU New Music Ensemble

2016 Texu Kim | Lotus Voice | PDF ScoreWeb | Email
2015 Yie-Eun Chun | Read My Riddle! | PDF scoreWeb | Email
2014 Erik Ransom | A Prayer In Spring | PDF ScoreWeb | Email
2013 Chappell Kingsland | Dans l'espoir de ce jour | PDF score | Web | E-mail
2012 Tonia Ko | Many Splendid Forgettings | PDF score | Web | E-mail
2011 Brian Ciach | Road Trip | PDF score | Web | E-mail
2010 Eric Lindsay | Piano | PDF score | Publisher | E-mail
2009 Adam Haws | âzmân-khez | PDF score | Web | E-mail