Beverly Soll holds degrees in piano from the University of Illinois and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Maryland. She has served on the faculty at the State University of New York-Geneseo, George Mason University, and Wayne State College. As a chamber musician, accompanist, and solo pianist, she has performed throughout the United States and in Germany.
In addition to her college and university teaching, Dr. Soll has always performed as a free-lance musician, including work in the Eastman School of Music studios and work as assistant coach with the Opera Theatre of Rochester. Later in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, she maintained a large coaching/accompanying studio of professional and semi-professional singers and instrumentalists, including a number of performances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She directed the Scenes Group of Washington (an opera scenes group) and performed with Da Capo (a piano trio).
While on the music faculty of Wayne State College in Nebraska, part of her duties included management of the Black and Gold professional performance series and of the Center for Cultural Outreach, a multi-faceted office which hosted guest artists and multicultural scholars and festivals, a Sunday afternoon lecture series, a First Fridays series for senior citizens, and a host of outreach programs for area schools. This experience led to her work from 1999-2008 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire as coordinator of arts and special events.
Scholarly publications include articles on Aaron Copland and Max Reger, a three-volume collection of arias from the operas of African American composer William Grant Still, and a 2005 book on Still's operas, I Dream a World, published by the University of Arkansas Press.
Dr. Soll is currently a free-lance pianist and an adjunct music faculty member at Salem State College in Salem, Massachusetts.
Article on the Dickinson songs of Aaron Copland [co-authored with Ann Dorr] in the College Music Society Symposium (Volume 32, 1992).
Article on the songs of Max Reger in the NATS [National Association of Teachers of Singing] Journal (Volume 51, No. 3, January/February, 1995).
Arias, Duets, and Scenes from the Operas of William Grant Still, 3 volumes compiled and edited by Beverly Soll, The Master Players Library, 1998.
I Dream a World: The Operas of William Grant Still. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2005.
Spiritualism and Religion in the Operas of William Grant Still. Monographs of the conference of the National Association of African American Studies, Houston, February, 2005.