Vocalist, composer, and teacher of voice and Kodaly musicianship, Beverly received her Bachelor of Music from UBC in 1986, and her Kodaly Musicianship teacher training at University of Victoria in 1990. She directed the HUNGRY GHOSTS, a contemporary chamber ensemble, 1983-1986 and RAZOM SESTRE, a women’s Balkan ensemble, 1990-91. In 1991, inspired by the centenary of Ukrainian immigration to Canada, she founded ZEELLIA, a Slavic Soul sextet which specializes in Eastern European traditional music with a contemporary edge. She has composed and arranged music for all of these ensembles and has produced two ZEELLIA CDs, performing with ZEELLIA across Canada and in New York city. She has also recorded soundtrack vocals for many Canadian independent films including the NFB film BEING CARIBOU, UNCLE EDDIE’S GUIDE TO ART APPRECIATION, and ENEMY ALIENS, for which she created the music.
In addition to performing with and managing ZEELLIA, Beverly currently directs three Vancouver choirs, and teaches private voice and Kodaly musicianship classes. She has been a music educator for the last 20 years, teaching in various Montessori schools, the Vancouver Academy of Music, Vancouver Community College, and at the Gulf Island Center for Ecological Learning’s summer day-camp on Mayne Island. Beverly joined the staff of the RENFREW COMMUNITY PERFORMANCE PROJECT in 2006 where she directs the choir. She has composed music for choir and brass ensemble and performed at the RENFREW RAVINE MOON FESTIVAL in 2006 and 2007.
In 2009, she was the artist-in residence for Carnegie Community Centre in the downtown eastside area of Vancouver where she directed the Carnegie Village Project, a community cultural endeavour with VOICE as its focus, combining spoken word, song, music and story.