Kimberly Beasley holds a Bachelor of Music 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, Friday Musicale, Music@Main, Jacksonville Chamber Music Society, 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 applied lessons and university courses in applied theory, opera scenes, vocal pedagogy, music theatre workshop, and opera history at Valparaiso University, Northwestern University, Jacksonville University, and the Graham School of the University of Chicago.
As a Director and Music Director, she has led productions of Light in the Piazza, Les Misérables, Hot Mikado, Gianni Schicchi, A...My Name is Alice, A Grand Night for Singing, 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. She has also written her own opera review entitled, Opera Goes Pop!, which was performed by Jacksonville students in 2014.
Her CD Fashion Sense: Songs in Recital was released in 2015 and is currently on tour in cities across the United States including Denver, CO, and Greenville, SC. Proceeds are benefitting the American Diabetes Association. Other upcoming projects include directing Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida for Jacksonville University spring 2018 and her regular performing as a faculty artist.