Dr. Peter Brewer
Assistant Professor of Music
Peter Brewer earned his Doctoral of Musical Arts degree from University of Miami's acclaimed Frost School of Music in 2009 and joined Barry University in 2010. His DMA concluded with the publishing of his essay The Creative Process of Ira Sullivan, which was a phenomological study of the jazz improvisations of Miami area jazz legend Ira Sullivan. Dr. Brewer currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music in the Department of Fine Arts and maintains an active performance schedule in Miami and worldwide as a saxophonist and clinician in applied saxophone, woodwinds, music theory, jazz improvisation, composition, and psychology of musical perception.
Dr. Beverly Coulter
Professor of Music
A native of Dallas, Texas, Beverly Coulter holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami. Her recent operatic performances include the role 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 Lia in Debussy's L'Enfant Prodigue. Dr. Coulter has appeared in concert in Italy, Canada, South America, England, Poland, Mexico, Greece, and the Czech Republic. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2003, returned in 2006 to appear as soprano soloist in Mozart's Regina Coeli, and returned in 2008 as soprano soloist with MidAmerica Productions. In May 2008 she performed the role of Mica in the South Florida premiere of Carly Simon's opera Romulus Hunt. Other 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, Alhambra Orchestra, Hallandale Symphonic Pops Orchestra, Círculo Lírico de la Opera, and the Civic Chorale of Greater Miami. In addition to maintaining an active schedule as a singer, professor, conductor, director, published author, and clinician in the area of vocal music and opera, Dr. Coulter is a winner of numerous awards and competitions in the area of solo piano. She has recently conducted Don Pasquale, L'Elisir D'Amore, La Rondine, La Traviata, and The Barber of Seville. Her directing credits encompass a history of numerous opera, operetta, and musical theatre productions. She is the Artistic Director and founder of the Riuniti Opera, which was officially inaugurated in 2000 as an organization designed to help young singers bridge the gap between student and professional by being afforded performance opportunities in which they work alongside established professionals in the opera field. She launched the Riuniti Summer Mozart Concert Opera Series with the Alhambra Orchestra, and has presented The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, and The Impresario during recent seasons. As a staunch advocate of new music, Dr. Coulter has premiered many new works in the United States and abroad. These include works of Stephen James Edwards, Philip Glass, her husband Fred Coulter, and Canadian composer Imant Raminsch. Most recently she appeared as soprano soloist in Edwards's Mass For My Mother, presented as part of the Festival Internazionale di Musica e Arte Sacra with the Continuo Arts Foundation at the Vatican in Rome, Italy. Dr. Coulter is Director of Music Ministry at Central Presbyterian Church in Miami, Florida. She is Auditions Chairperson of the South Florida Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and is an active collaborator with the Miami Lyric Opera and the Alhambra Orchestra. Dr. Coulter is Professor of Music at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida.
Dr. Giselle Elgarresta Rios
Professor of Music
Dr. Giselle Elgarresta Rios is a renowned choral conductor, educator, soprano and global advocate of the arts dedicated to fostering music and art development. Her global appeal has been illustrated by her dedication to the arts, as she effortlessly shifts amongst her task as a conductor, singer, charismatic public speaker, scholar, and administrator. Dr. Elgarresta Rios is the first Cuban-American woman to conduct in Carnegie Hall in New York City.
She has been instrumental in furthering the interest for the arts in South Florida through strategic collaborations and board engagements with organizations such as The Florida Grand Opera, St. Martha’s Concert Series, Peermusic Publishing, Colonial South Florida’s Collection of Early Florida and Cuban documents and artifacts, and the Miami Music Festival. In addition, she has served as a choral adjudicator and clinician for The Walt Disney Company and is part of the artistic committee of Chorus Inside International, chosen among the most devoted and relevant personalities of the music and choral environment.
Lauded as a committed music educator and vocal pedagogue, Dr. Elgarresta Rios is a Professor of Music and Music Program Director at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida, where she has served since 1996. Along with conducting the Barry University Chamber Ensemble and teaching applied voice and related subjects, she has excelled at securing art funding opportunities, strategic planning, and overseeing the visiting artist program while cultivating interdisciplinary arts projects. Most recently she has conducted major works for the University, such as Carmina Burana, Stabat Mater, Coronation Mass, Misa Criolla; provided musical direction for Fiddler on the Roof, Godspell, and Urinetown; and collaborated with instrumentalists and chorales from South Florida including the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, South Beach Chamber Ensemble, the Civic Chorale of Greater Miami, and Opera Atelier, among others.
Other conducting engagements have included conducting choral concerts at the Notre Dame and Eglise Madeleine in Paris, France, Carnegie Hall with the New England Symphonic Orchestra, and with the Miami Pops Symphony and Chorus at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Dr. Elgarresta Rios has served as guest faculty for the Music Institute of Pontificia Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile since 2012 where she has led the International Course of Repertoire and Choral Studies program. For L’Associazione Coro dell'Accademia of Pescara, she has been visiting conductor leading choral workshops and festivals in Pescara and Scanno, Italy. Throughout her conducting projects there is a focus on choral repertoire by Latin American and Caribbean composers.
Dr. Elgarresta Rios is also a prominent soprano soloist, with professional appearances at national and international venues. She has performed in various venues across the United States, Europe and Latin America, performing in recitals, as well as prominent opera roles, such as Violetta in La Traviata, Mimi and Musetta in La Boheme, Norina in Don Pasquale, and Masha in The Music Shop, to name a few. She has also performed with chamber ensembles throughout the Abruzzo region of Italy since 1988.
Dr. Elgarresta Rios earned her academic degrees, with highest honors, from the University of Miami with a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting; her primary teachers were Dr. Jo-Micheal Scheibe and Dr Lee Kjelson at the University of Miami, with additional studies in Austria and Italy. Dr. Elgarresta Rios is currently a member of the prestigious Iron Arrow Honor Society and American Choral Directors Association, College Music Society, National Association of Teachers of Singing, and Music Educators National Conference.
Dr. Elgarresta Rios' passion and commitment to the community is demonstrated by her volunteer service and leadership on a myriad of cultural initiatives for organizations and projects such as Habitat for Humanity of South Florida, Temple Israel, Betsy Hotel, Doral Conservatory and School of the Arts, Archdioceses of Miami, Merrick Festival Caroling Competition, Corpus Christi Catholic Church’s Women Empowerment Program and Actors' Playhouse. She also serves as Artistic Director for several projects involving South Florida’s youth as ambassadors of the arts, with Crecer Cantando in Chile, Las Tunas Foundation in Argentina and Inspired Gateways in France. .
Dr. Brian Potts
Applied Percussion/Electronic Production/Comp
Dr. Russell Spiegel
Applied Electric/Jazz Guitar
Dr. Mia Vassilev
Applied Upright/Electric Bass