The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is ready to welcome two faculty members of the Royal College of Music, who will be in Bloomington, Feb. 28-29 to adjudicate the 2012 Georgina Joshi International Fellowship competition. In addition, they will offer a master class for selected vocal students on Monday, Feb. 27, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Recital Hall. The master class is free and open to the public, and all students are encouraged to attend.
Nicholas Sears, Professor of Voice
Royal College of Music
Formerly a Senior Lecturer in Vocal Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, Nicholas Sears has also worked for Intermusica Artists’ Management Limited as an Artist Manager with particular responsibility for singers. Trained at Trinity College Cambridge and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Sears worked for many years as an operatic and concert soloist – first as baritone and later as tenor – with organizations and individuals including ENO, WNO, Opera North, Scottish Opera, Liceu Barcelona, Antwerp, Lausanne, BBCSO, LPO, LSO, Aldeburgh Festival, Songmakers’ Almanac, René Jacobs, Paul McCreesh and Rinaldo Alessandrini. In addition to his performance, teaching and artist management experience, Sears has worked for the Development Department of English Touring Opera and as an auditions and careers consultant for RNCM and Trinity Laban.
Stephen Johns, Artistic Director
Royal College of Music
Stephen Johns studied music at Cambridge (England), where he was an organ scholar and spent a short time teaching at Trinity Boys School early in his career. Johns became Vice-President, Artists and Repertoire, at EMI Classics in 1998. In his twelve years with EMI, Stephen worked with artists including Sir Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink, Leif Ove Andsnes, Evgeny Kissin, the Belcea Quartet and the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras. In 2000 he was Guest Artistic Director for Spitalfields Winter Festival. During his career he earned numerous accolades including three Grammy Awards, four Gramophone Awards and a Diapason d’Or.
About the Georgina Joshi International Fellowship
Through the generosity of the Georgina Joshi Foundation, the Joshi family has established the Georgina Joshi International Fellowship, which creates a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for an Indiana University Jacobs School of Music student to study for two years in the Artist Diploma program at the Benjamin Britten International Opera School at the Royal College of Music in London, where Georgina studied before coming to the Jacobs School.