Beverly Simmons

Beverly Simmons. Photo by Beth Segal.

Mezzo-soprano Beverly Simmons is a singer, arts administrator, and graphic designer. Born in Denver, she earned a doctorate in early music at Stanford University, and moved to Cleveland in 1978. Her career includes stints as a Case Western Reserve University music professor, WCLV radio announcer, international artist manager, executive director, and mother of two. She has sung with Apollo’s Fire since its inception; founded the CWRU Early Music Singers, which she directed for 21 years; sang with the Cleveland Opera Chorus and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Senior Choir; and also sings at Temple Tifereth-Israel. Dr. Simmons was founder/manager of the concert series Chapel, Court & Countryside: Early Music at Harkness and serves as executive director for Quire Cleveland. She is also half of the cabaret duo, Rent-a-Yenta, about which an admirer said, “I’ve seen worse on Broadway!”