Upcoming Engagements

Music Director, Les Miserables

TheatreJax

June 2014

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Song Recital: Hugo Wolf

October 10, 2014

Terry Concert Hall

Guest Artists Alfred Meneses and Brittnee Siemon

with Dr. Jay Ivey

 

Music Director, JU Fall Production

October 23-26, 2014

Swisher Theater

 

In the News...

"An Exploration of Pedagogical Ancestry"

Online Cover Story, Classical Singer, June 2014

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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 is an Assistant Professor of Voice at Jacksonville University and 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 and Richard Boldrey. Baritone Sherrill Milnes of the Metropolitan Opera states, "Kimberly is a fine musician who sings with great sensitivity, offering mature musicianship and strong performance technique."            

While a Chicago resident she performed frequently as a soloist with the Northwest Festival Orchestra, Southwest Michigan Symphony, Elmhurst Symphony, the Northwest Indiana Symphony, DuPage Opera Theatre, the New Philharmonic Orchestra, Light Opera Works, and the Grant Park Symphony Chorus. With the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Kimberly performed in their productions of Cavalleria Rusticana, Fidelio, and Turandot. 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."

Kimberly has extensive concert and recital appearances featuring varied repertoire including opera, oratorio, jazz, and musical theatre. Her roles are also varied and include Cinderella in Into the Woods, Angelica in Suor Angelica, Rosina in Barber of Seville, Dorine in Tartuffe, Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore, Micäela in Carmen, and Butterfly in Madama Butterfly. She has directed productions of Little Women, the Musical, Puccini's opera Gianni Schicchi and A...My Name is Alice at Jacksonville University. She also been the musical director for productions of A…My Name is Alice, West Side Story, The Ballad of Baby Doe, Children of Eden, and Hello Dolly for companies including the Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso and OneTheatre in Chicago. Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune said about OneTheatre's production 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, and opera history at Valparaiso University, Northwestern University, and the Graham School of the University of Chicago. You can hear her locally with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music Society of Jacksonville, Friday Musicale, and Music at Main.

As a director, she was the music director, to critical acclaim, of Last Five Years for OneTheatre in Chicago and in 2011, stage directed Little Women, the Musical for Jacksonville University which won awards for Best Actor and Best Set Design from Broadway World. She will be directing the premiere performance in Jacksonville, Florida, of Street Scene: an American Opera, for Jacksonville University April 5, 6, and 7, 2013, in Swisher Theatre.