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IU Jacobs School of Music alumna Abigail Mitchell wins international vocal competition


Dec. 14, 2011

BLOOMNGTON, Ind. - Abigail Mitchell, an alumna of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, recently won first prize in the 2011 "Vokal Genial" international singing competition in Munich with the Munich Radio Orchestra.

Mitchell, Abigail
Abigail Mitchell
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The competition focused on repertoire from Italian and French opera of the 18th and 19th centuries, and soprano Mitchell sang excerpts from Romeo et Juliette, Rigoletto, Manon and Rossini's Semiramide to capture the award of €7,000 and a public concert in Munich.

Mitchell is in her second year of the Artist Diploma program at London's Royal College of Music International Opera School, after having received the inaugural Georgina Joshi International Fellowship from the Jacobs School of Music in January 2010.

She studied with Professors Carol Vaness and Patricia Wise while at Jacobs.

Both the Georgina Joshi International Fellowship and the Georgina Joshi Graduate Fellowship 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 Royal College of Music. The fellowships celebrate her life as a singer and her affiliation with both institutions.

The Vokal Genial competition, sponsored by the Konzertgesellschaft München e.V. in cooperation with the Munich Radio Orchestra, takes place every two years in rotation with the August-Everding-Music competition for young instrumentalists.

Founded in 1986, the Konzertgesellschaft München is dedicated to the maintenance and support of classical music, especially gifted young musicians.

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