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Beverly Coulter, Minister of Music

Beverly Coulter holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. In addition to her extensive work as a conductor and director, she maintains an active schedule as a singer, solo pianist, coach/accompanist and clinician. In addition to performances in Carnegie Hall and many other United States venues, she has appeared in concert in Italy, Canada, South America, England, Ireland, Poland, Mexico, Greece, and the Czech Republic. Her South Florida appearances have included performances with the New World Symphony, Treasure Coast Opera Society, Miami Lyric Opera, Riuniti Opera, Coral Gables Symphony and Opera, and the Civic Chorale of Greater Miami. Her recent operatic performances include the soprano roles of Elvira in Bellini’s I Puritani, the title role in Arrieta’s opera Marina, Norina in Don Pasquale, Gilda in Rigoletto, Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, Musetta in La Bohème, Violetta in La Traviata, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Pamina in The Magic Flute, and Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus. As a conductor, her schedule has recently included sacred choral works such as Fauré’s Requiem, Schubert’s Mass in G, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Respighi’s Laud To the Nativity, and Handel’s Messiah. Operas conducted have included Don Pasquale, L’Elisir D’Amore, La Rondine, La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor, and The Barber of Seville. Her stage directing credits encompass a history of numerous opera, operetta, and musical theatre productions. Dr. Coulter’s love of teaching began when, as a seventeen-year-old United States representative to the Salvation Army’s Mexico Youth Corps ministry, she taught music and English to orphaned children in Mexico City. Her work in sacred music has been a lifelong endeavor and continues to be a vital part of her spiritual and artistic life. She is the founder and Artistic Director of the Riuniti Opera, an organization designed to provide opportunities for young singers to work and perform with established professionals in the opera field. She launched the Riuniti Summer Educational Opera Series in conjunction with the Alhambra Orchestra, and has brought The Magic Flute, Die Fledermaus, The Marriage of Figaro, The Impresario and The Tales of Hoffmann to school children as well as to the general public during recent seasons. As a staunch advocate of new music, Dr. Coulter has performed in premieres of many new works in the United States and abroad. These include works of Stephen James Edwards, Philip Glass, her late husband Fred Coulter, and Canadian composer Imant Raminsch. She has been a staff pianist for the John Duffy Composers Institute, which is part of the Virginia Arts Festival. She recently she appeared as soprano soloist in the world premiere of Edwards’s Mass For My Mother, presented by the Continuo Arts Foundation as part of the Festival Internazionale di Musica e Arte Sacra in Rome, Italy. She performed the role of Mica in the South Florida premiere of Carly Simon’s opera Romulus Hunt. She is the co-artistic director of the Continuo Arts Foundation Minuetto Young Artist Festival and an active collaborator with the Miami Lyric Opera and the Alhambra Orchestra. Dr. Coulter is a Professor of Music and Director of Opera at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida.

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