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
Associate Professor of Music
Giselle Elgarresta Rios is Associate Professor of Music at Barry University, in Miami Shores, Florida since 1996. Dr. Rios is presently the Coordinator of the Music Program at Barry University. She earned her academic degrees from the University of Miami with a Master's in Vocal Performance with highest honors and Doctorate in Choral Conducting as Graduate Assistant for Dr. Joe-Michael Scheibe. At Barry University she sits on many active committees in the Fine Arts Department,Chairs the Communication and Technology Committee, and is an elected member of Faculty Senate.
As conductor, Dr. Rios has had various international conducting engagements. She was Visiting Guest Conductor for the 2012 Curso Internacional for the Pontificie Universidad Catolica in Santiago, Chile, and has been invited to return in January, 2013. For over a decade, Dr. Rios has worked as Guest Conductor in the Abruzzo region of Italy . Most recently, in 2010 she was Guest Conductor in Pescara, Italy. Dr. Rios has also presented in Paris, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Since 2011, Dr. Rios has served as a Consultant/Adjudicator for Festival Disney programs in Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Rios has been Artistic Director of a range of events from University programs, festivals to community events. Throughout the years, Dr. Rios has collaborated with several and conducted the Civic Chorale of Greater Miami, Greater Miami Youth Symphony, and Miami Pops Symphony and Chorus for the Concert Association of Florida in the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Dr. Rios made her debut as the first Cuban-American woman to direct in Carnegie Hall in New York in 2006. In 2008 she returned to Carnegie Hall to conduct an all Hispanic program including choruses from Spanish and Cuban Zarzuelas and Latin American repertoire including Villa-Lobos’ Choros.
Dr. Giselle Elgarresta Rios is studying voice and vocal pedagogy with distinguished vocal professor, Manny Perez. In 2011-2012, Dr Rios performed as soprano soloist at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Aventura Arts Cultural Center, Temple Israel of Greater Miami, and Barry University She sang as Soprano soloist for Opera Atelier programs throughout South Florida as Nedda from I Pagliacci, Norina from Don Pasquale, and Musetta from La Boheme. She is presently Soprano Soloist for Temple Israel of Greater Miami and for St. Augustine Catholic Church. Other operatic roles include: Fanny from La Cambiale di Matrimonio, Micaela from Carmen, Mimi from La Boheme and many roles from Operas by 20th Century American composers including Masha in The Music Shop.
In addition, Dr. Rios is a vocal and choral consultant in schools throughout South Florida. Dr. Giselle Elgarresta Rios graduated Phi Kappa Phi on President's Honor Roll and a member of Iron Arrow. Memberships include College Music Society, National Association of Teacher's of Singing and American Choral Director's Association.
Dr. Matthew Taylor
Resident Composer/Sax, Clarinet
Dr. Brian Potts
Applied Percussion and Ensemble
Dr. Mia Vassilev