Upcoming Engagements

Song Recital: Hugo Wolf

October 10, 2014

Terry Concert Hall

Guest Artists Alfred Meneses and Brittnee Siemon

with Dr. Jay Ivey

 

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Music Director, JU Fall Production

October 23-26, 2014

Swisher Theater

 

Opera Goes Pop!

Director, JU Spring Production

April 9-11

Swisher Theater 

In the News...

"An Exploration of Pedagogical Ancestry"

Online Cover Story, Classical Singer, June 2014

http://www.classicalsinger.com/

Les Miserables for TheatreJax Review

http://www.eujacksonville.com/story2.php?storyid=3650

Kurt Weill Foundation Grants Awarded 2013: Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL, Street Scenehttp://www.kwf.org/

 http://jacksonville.com/opinion/blog/511316/jacksonville-university/2013-04-05/street-scene-american-opera-be-performed

Service Learning Performance Ensemble featured on new website at SUNY Potsdam: http://21stcenturyschoolmusic.weebly.com/college-and-community.html

Little Women was directed by Kimberly Beasley who is an assistant professor of voice at Jacksonville University. In reading the biographies in the program, we noted that a number of her students were in this production. Professor Beasley’s definitive direction made this show a truly marvelous evening of theatre, a real treat for the eyes and ears. The voices were indeed superb. EU Jacksonville

A word of advice to the general public. The next time you hear about a play or a musical at Jacksonville University, by all means make plans to attend. Our experience has been the university has exceptional talent both in musical theatre and drama. In addition, they always have reasonable and affordable ticket prices, and an exceptionally comfortable theatre. EU Jacksonville

I have now attended several shows at both the Terry Concert Hall and its next door neighbor, The Swisher Theatre, and find both facilities excellent and truly an asset to the cultural growth of this city. If you have not taken the opportunity to see a performance in either of them, check out Jacksonville University on their website for announcement of future events. You will be glad you did. Thanks for a delightful afternoon of fine music. EU Jacksonville


Last Five Years is sincerely performed by Andrew Weir and Diane Mair. And it features a highly proficient musical ensemble, led by conductor Kim Beasley. - Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

          Kimberly Beasley holds a Bachelor's in Music Theatre from the University of Colorado, a Master of Music from Valparaiso University and a Certificate of Vocal Performance from Northwestern University where she studied with Sunny Joy Langton and coached with Sherrill Milnes who expressed,

"Kimberly is a fine musician who sings with great sensitivity, offering mature musicianship and strong performance technique." 

 Singing in all styles, she has performed with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the Northwest Festival Orchestra in Chicago, Southwest Michigan Symphony, Elmhurst Symphony, the Northwest Indiana Symphony, DuPage Opera Theatre, the New Philharmonic Orchestra, Light Opera Works, Music at Main, Friday Musicale, Music@Main, Jacksonville Chamber Music Society, Jacksonville University Orchestra, the Grant Park Symphony Chorus and the Lyric Opera of Chicago Chorus at venues such as the Times-Union Center in Jacksonville, the Star Plaza in Indiana, Chicago’s Millennium Park , and the Civic Opera House in Chicago. Roles include Micaëla, Dorine, Serpina, Rosina, Cinderella, Angelica, Josephine, and Cio-cio San in productions of Fidelio, Turandot, Into the Woods, Suor Angelica, Barber of Seville, Tartuffe, H.M.S. Pinafore, Carmen, and Madama Butterfly. Of Kimberly's performance with the Northwest Indiana Symphony, conductor Kirk Muspratt remarked in the Northwest Indiana Times,

"I am looking forward to introducing Kimberly to our audiences here, because I know they will be completely bowled over by her amazing talent." 

She is also a founding member of Vox3, a vocal collective based in Chicago and was the music director, to critical acclaim, of Last Five Years for OneTheatre in Chicago.   Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune said of The Last Five Years:

"...it features a highly proficient musical ensemble, led by conductor Kim Beasley." 

She has taught university courses in applied theory, opera scenes, vocal pedagogy, music theatre workshop, and opera history at Valparaiso University, Northwestern University, and the Graham School of the University of Chicago.

She is currently an Assistant Professor of Voice at Jacksonville University where she teaches voice and has directed productions of Gianni Schicchi, A...My Name is Alice, A Grand Night for Singing, Opera goes Pop!, Little Women, the Musical, which won awards for Best Actor and Best Scenic Design from Broadway World as well as the Jacksonville premiere of Street Scene which was awarded the University Performance grant for 2013 by the Kurt Weill Foundation.

Kimberly was most recently seen as Barbarina in the JSO production of Le Nozze di Figaro, soprano soloist with the First Coast Wind Ensemble, and as the music director of Les Misérables at TheatreJax.  Her CD Fashion Sense: Songs in Recital produced by Dolphinium Records will be released in early 2015.