With $50,000 in new donations to its endowment, the Bulldog Pride Fund has announced a new $2,000 per year vocal award in honor of local opera legend Edna Garabedian. The Department of Music will select the inaugural “Bulldog Pride Fund: Edna Garabedian Vocal Performance Award” for the 2010-21 school year.
Born in Fresno, Garabedian has performed in operas around the world including leading roles with Munich Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Kassel Opera, Nurnberg Opera, Hannover Opera, Staatsoper Bonn, the Spoleto Festival, New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Music Center Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Seattle Opera, Houston Opera, San Diego Opera, Baltimore Opera, Kansas City Lyric Opera and Portland Opera.
She has also taught at International Music Institute of Sao Paulo, Brazil, has been Chairman of Voice and Opera at the University of Connecticut and the University of the Pacific, and served as Professor of Voice on faculty of Northern Illinois University, Fresno State, American University and San Francisco University.
In 2000, Garabedian founded the California Opera Association where she currently serves as artistic director.
In the 2019-20 year, the Bulldog Pride Fund scholarships fund awarded eight scholars, including five Arts and Humanities students. The fund, established in 2005 with two $50 donations, is now valued at over $550,000. It has provided 66 scholarships valued at $127,000 since its inception.