Beverly Simmons

Beverly Simmons is a singer, arts administrator, and graphic designer. After earning a doctorate in Early Music Performance Practices from Stanford University, she has enjoyed a varied career as 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; and has appeared in musical theater (usually as a Jewish immigrant or a nun). Executive Director Emerita of Quire Cleveland and half of the cabaret duo, Rent-a-Yenta, she was honored with Early Music America’s Howard Mayer Brown Award for Lifetime Achievement in Early Music. Ms. Simmons’s connection with the Newberry Consort has been long and multi-faceted: she has studied voice with Ellen Hargis; 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; and she has sung “bass” in the NC Convent Ensemble since its founding.