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IU Jacobs School of Music receives $1 million to establish 'Five Friends Master Class Series'

Oct. 15, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music has announced the establishment of the "Five Friends Master Class Series," honoring the lives of five talented Jacobs School students -- Chris Carducci, Garth Eppley, Georgina Joshi, Zachary Novak and Robert Samels -- made possible by a recent gift of $1 million from the Georgina Joshi Foundation Inc.

Five students

Clockwise from upper left: Robert Samels, Garth Eppley, Chris Carducci, Zachary Novak and Georgina Joshi (center).

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This annual series of lectures, master classes and residencies by a number of the world's leading musicians and teachers focuses on areas of interest most relevant to the lives of the five friends -- voice performance, choral conducting, early music, music theory, composition and opera.

"The establishment of this endowment by the families makes possible the appearance in Bloomington of the leading figures in their fields, to the great benefit of our current students, reminding us all of the particular professional focus that each of the five friends held and the value they themselves placed on professional engagement activities," said Gwyn Richards, dean of the Jacobs School. "What a very special addition to our school!"

The Georgina Joshi Foundation was established in 2007 as the vision of Georgina Joshi's mother, Louise Addicott-Joshi, to provide educational and career development opportunities for young musicians and to encourage and support public performance of music.

The gift to the school establishes a permanent way for the world to learn about each of the five friends, their musical talents and passions, and to encourage the development of similar talents and passions in current and future music students.

The first guest in the "Five Friends Master Class Series" is composer Joseph Schwantner (honoring Robert Samels), one of the most prominent American composers today. He will visit the Jacobs School of Music for a mini-residency in the Composition Department from Oct. 22 to 25. A guest public lecture by the composer will be presented at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 in Sweeney Hall.

Additional events in the 2012-13 season include visits by Baroque violinist Judy Tarling; music theorists Janet Schmalfeldt, Brian Newbould and Joseph Straus; choral conductor Simon Carrington; and composer Joan Tower.

The establishment of this endowment by the families will be administered by the IU Foundation.