Georgina Joshi Foundation donates $1.2 million for Recital Hall renovation


The Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts has received a $1.2 million gift from the Georgina Joshi Foundation to renovate the Northside Recital Hall into a world-class performance space. In recognition of the gift, the hall will be named the Louise E. Addicott and Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall.

The 224-seat venue will be home to performances of chamber music, soloists, and small ensembles. The hall will also include state-of-the-art recording equipment for students and faculty.

“It is a simple joy to be able to do this,” said Yatish Joshi of the gift.

The gift supports the vision of Louise Addicott-Joshi to provide young musicians and singers with educational and career development opportunities and support the public performance of music in South Bend.

Louise Addicott and her husband Yatish Joshi established the Georgina Joshi Foundation in 2007 to honor their daughter who was a student in the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington. Georgina sang at the Recital Hall at IU South Bend, and the Joshi family attended many performances there.

Since its formation, the Foundation has endowed graduate student scholarships at the Royal College of Music in London and the Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, as well as the IU South Bend Virginia Morrow Voice Scholarship, a Handel Opera Performance Series, and a series of master classes focusing on vocal performance, choral conducting and composition.

Dean of the Raclin School of the Arts Marvin Curtis said, “This gift will transform the Recital Hall into a venue that will attract talented students to IU South Bend and help launch their careers.”