Betsy Uschkrat's crowning achievement
"I was hoping that I would do well here at Indiana [University]," said Betsy Uschkrat, the new Miss Indiana, displaying a gift for understatement. Last February, she was crowned Miss IU, automatically qualifying her for the June 24 Miss Indiana competition. The Miss Indiana judges could not resist the aria she performed from La Boheme, winning the talent competition that night. With her Indiana win, she will compete for the Miss America crown in January.
Uschkrat moved to Bloomington to attend the Jacobs School in August 2005 from Houston, TX, where she won the Miss Houston title and placed in sixth in the Miss Texas competition. The soprano debuted with IU Opera Theater as the lead in last season's Roméo et Juliette and will sing lead again for IU in October 2006 in Manon. She was also a member of the Jacobs Symphonic Choir. Uschkrat is a student of Costanza Cuccaro.
"My experience at the Jacobs School of Music has changed my life for the better. I have had an amazing experience being involved in IU Opera Theater productions, the choral department and ensemble, the high-quality course work, and my outstanding private lessons and coaching. The Jacobs School truly works to prepare the classical musician academically, emotionally, and professionally," said Uschkrat.
A passionate activist to end hunger in Indiana, Uschkrat founded Heart and Soul Indiana and has been named the state spokesperson for Feeding Indiana's Hungry.
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