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Georgina Joshi Graduate Fellowship awarded to soprano Jessica Beebe


April 13, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Following the final round of performances by some of the top singers in the Jacobs School of Music, the 2012 Georgina Joshi Graduate Fellowship has been awarded to soprano Jessica Beebe, a graduate student of Costanza Cuccaro and Paul Elliott. The award is given to a Jacobs graduate student to assist with full-time study.

Beebe and Joshi
Yatish Joshi, left, congratulates Jessica Beebe, winner of the 2012 Georgina Joshi Graduate Fellowship created by him and his wife, Louise Addicott, in honor of their daughter.
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"I am incredibly humbled and honored to receive this amazing opportunity from the Georgina Joshi Foundation," said Beebe. "Georgina's voice still carries on throughout the Jacobs School of Music, and her personality, character and life will never be forgotten. I am grateful to the Joshi family for their kindness, as well as their passionate devotion to music. I can only hope for great things to come from this amazing opportunity."

The fellowship provides for tuition, fees, books, supplies and living and local travel expenses, as well as other costs related to studying and living in Bloomington. This includes participating in cultural experiences, private coaching, travel and related expenses of auditioning and other activities that would lead to the successful beginning of a professional singing career.

Both the Georgina Joshi Graduate Fellowship and the Georgina Joshi International Fellowship, given to a graduating Jacobs School of Music student for two years of study in the Artist Diploma Program at the Royal College of Music (RCM) International Opera School at the RCM, London, are the result of a $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 RCM. The fellowships celebrate her life as a singer and her affiliation with both institutions.

About Jessica Beebe

Jessica Beebe, soprano, is a native of Philadelphia, Pa., currently pursuing her Master of Music in Early Music Voice, studying with Paul Elliott and Costanza Cuccaro. She earned a bachelor's degree in choral music education from the University of Delaware in 2009. In 2007, she competed in an international choral competition in Tallin, Estonia, winning the Grand Prix. Beebe has appeared as a soloist in the Requiems of Mozart, Fauré, Rutter and Duruflé; Pergolesi's Stabat Mater; Bach's St. John Passion, Magnificat and Mass in B Minor; Monteverdi's Vespro della Beata Vergine; and Handel's Messiah, Dixit Dominus and Judas Maccabaeus, as well as in many other Baroque and classical works.

In June 2011, Beebe was a guest soloist in the annual Philadelphia Bach Festival with the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia. In September 2011, she made her IU Opera Theater premiere, as Despina in Mozart's Così fan tutte. Most recently, she was a guest soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, as the soprano soloist for Handel's Messiah. Upcoming events include playing the role of Alceste in a project of Lully's operas with the Early Music Institute. This summer, Beebe will again be a guest soloist in the Philadelphia Bach Festival. In addition to solo work, she enjoys performing in multiple choral and chamber ensembles. She is a member of the Concentus and Pro Arte ensembles, under William Jon Gray; The Crossing, under Donald Nally; and The Six, under Matthew Glandorf.

About Georgina Joshi

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 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 Deutches Requiem. She also appeared in IU Opera Theater productions as Clorinda in La Cenerentola and Despina in Cosi 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 Pro Arte Choir and the Carmel Bach Festival Chorale. Outside the U.S., she appeared as a soloist in England, Wales, Romania and Greece.