Beverly Simmons

Beverly Simmons is a singer, arts administrator, and graphic designer. She earned bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in Early Music Performance Practices at Stanford University. Her career has included positions as a university music professor, classical radio announcer, and workshop director, as well as artist representative for international early music artists touring throughout North America (including Frances Fitch in Concerto Castello). She founded and directed the Case Western Reserve University Early Music Singers; sang with Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra; and has appeared in musical theater (usually as a Jewish immigrant or a nun). Ms. Simmons’s connection with the Newberry Consort has been long and multi-faceted: as founder/manager of the concert series Chapel, Court &, Countryside: Early Music at Harkness, she presented the Newberry Consort in Cleveland; as ffortissimo DESIGN, she develops the Consort’s brochures and other printed material; she has studied voice with Ellen Hargis; and in the Newberry concerts of Italian and Mexican baroque music for nuns, she has sung “bass.” Having co-founded and performed with Quire Cleveland and the cabaret duo Rent-a-Yenta, she has now left Cleveland to lead a bi-coastal life. Since her last appearance with the Newberry Consort, she has received Early Music America’s Howard Mayer Brown Award for Lifetime Achievement in Early Music, and gained three granddaughters. 

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