Georgina Joshi Handelian Performance Fund
A 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 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," Mozart's "Requiem" and Brahms' "Deutsches Requiem." She also appeared in IU Opera Theater productions as Clorinda in "La Cenerentola" and Despina in "Cosi fan Tutte."
An enthusiastic performer, Joshi collaborated with other musicians and groups, including 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 United States, she appeared as a soloist in England, Wales, Romania and Greece.
The Georgina Joshi Handelian Performance Fund was established to support and benefit the students of the Jacobs School of Music, and to encourage the Jacobs School in its mission to promote excellence in music performance and music education. Promoting the performance and the study of works by George Frederick Handel is a mission that is shared by Georgina Joshi's mother, Louise Addicott, and the Jacobs School. Addicott felt that Georgina's exposure to Handel's operas throughout her musical life was important to her development as a singer. This exposure also influenced her wish to perform in a Handel opera.
The Georgina Joshi Handelian Performance Fund supports the performance of an opera, oratorio, instrumental works, vocal works, choreographic works, or a Handelian Festival on a yearly basis with a major emphasis on staged performance of Handel operas. Since the establishment of the Fund, Handel's Giuglio Cesare, Judas Maccabeus, Xerxes, Esther, Alcina, and Messiah have been performed at the Jacobs School of Music.