Congratulations and good luck Abigail Mitchell! Cheerio!

Abigail Mitchell

IOE Soprano and recent recipient of the Georgina Joshi International Fellowship has a farewell lunch with Artistic Director James Caraher and Artist in Residence Joachim Schamberger.

Indianapolis Opera Ensembles own Abigail Mitchell is the inaugural recipient of the Georgina Joshi International Fellowship. The fellowship is awarded to a graduating Indiana University Jacobs School of Music student for two years of study in the Artist Diploma Program at the RCM International Opera School at the Royal College of Music in London.

“I have to say I’m a bit overwhelmed,” said Mitchell. “Overwhelmed at the generosity of Mr. Joshi, the amazing opportunity to study at the Royal College, the chance to live in London, and the knowledge that this a turning point in my career and my life. My time at IU has been phenomenal and has made me a different singer, a different artist and a different person.

“I have been spoiled here with great performing opportunities, fantastic colleagues and, most importantly, fabulous instruction from my teachers, Carol Vaness and Patricia Wise,” she said. “I am nearly ready to fully begin my operatic career, and I know that the Georgina Joshi Fellowship and studying at the Royal College will get me there.”

The fellowship provides for tuition, fees, books, supplies, and living and local travel expenses, and other costs related to studying and living in London, including participating in cultural experiences that would enhance the student’s study abroad.

“We are so very grateful to Louise and Yatish Joshi for the creation of the extraordinary opportunity for our students and for initiating this new relationship with the Royal College of Music,” said Gwyn Richards, dean od the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. “Both institutions were academic homes for Georgina and now will similarly play a role in the education of future Indiana University Fellowship students.”

Both the Georgina Joshi International Fellowship and the Georgina Joshi Graduate Fellowship, awarded to a graduate student to assist with full-time study in the Jacobs School of Music, are the result of a recent $1 million gift from The Georgina Joshi Foundation, Inc. to the Jacobs School. The gift established these two major fellowships as a tribute to the memory of Joshi, a graduate student at Jacobs and an alumna of the Royal College of Music, London. The fellowships celebrate her life as a singer and her affiliation with both institutions.

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