B everly Everett is Music Director of the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra and the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra. She was recently named as one of the Bismarck-Mandan Business Watch magazine’s “40 under 40” for making a difference through her work in the region, and was the City Magazine cover story in November of 2011, and the cover feature of Fine Living Review in December of 2011. In 2009 Dr. Everett was the youngest-ever recipient of the “Friend of the Arts” award in Bemidji. And in 2010 Everett was one of six conductors in the nation to receive an “Excellence in Music Education” award by the American Prize. Everett was recently named as one of two recipients of the first 2011 Region 2 Arts/McKnight Career Advancement Fellowship to study with JoAnn Falletta.
Both the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra and the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra have achieved significant growth in artistic achievement and national recognition under Everett’s leadership. The Bismarck-Mandan Symphony, which performs 10 concerts annually as part of their regular season, was recently awarded a prestigious NEA Challenge America grant for a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with soprano Korliss Uecker. The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra performs 7 concerts annually, and has been selected for the past two seasons as a partner with Minnesota Public Radio to broadcast live the orchestra’s season finale concerts.
Everett is passionately committed to working with living composers and commissioning projects. She has conducted the orchestral premiere of “Loss of Breath,” by Ralph Johnson, “Fanfare for the New Renaissance,” by Carol Worthey, and three premieres of works of composer Joseph Adams: “Effloressence,” “Quiet Landscape,” and “Soul Discovery.” “Quiet Landscape” was commissioned by the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra in honor of Governor Arthur A. Link, and sets to music the text of his famous speech, “When the Landscape is Quiet Again.” In April of 2009 Everett conducted the premiere of “Sacred Vows,” a commissioned work by Libby Larsen, celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Bemidji Symphony. Larsen said of Everett, “I can tell you without hesitation that Dr. Everett IS an ideal Music Director. She is deeply gifted as a conductor, she is deeply committed to music as the articulate language of the soul and she is completely dedicated to the place of the Symphony Orchestra in our 21st Century World.” Everett successfully worked with Chris Brubeck for the premiere of his commissioned work by the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra in partnership with the Theodore Roosevelt Center at DSU, “Roosevelt In Cowboy Land,” a symphonic portrait featuring Clay Jenkinson, Roosevelt scholar.
Dr. Everett remains an active concert organist and was featured soloist with the Missouri Valley Chamber Orchestra in November 2009 and November 2010. She was invited to be a present an alumni recital this February 14, 2012 at Baylor University for the Baylor Mid-Winter Organ Conference. Everett also composed the original film score for the documentary film on former North Dakota Governor William L. Guy, “The Charisma of Competence.”
Everett believes in being a positive role model for young people. She was invited to be a guest speaker at Cottey College’s Institute for Women’s Leadership and Social Responsibility to speak on Women’s Leadership in the Performing Arts, and received a subsequent nomination to the National Advisory Committee for the Institute. (Jan. 2012). She was also recently nominated to be a Success Coach in the Students First! mentoring program of Bemidji.
Dr. Everett has collaborated with musicians such as soprano Korliss Uecker, flutist Carol Wincenc, composer and jazz artist Chris Brubeck, classical guitarist Petar Jankovic, and pianist André Watts with whom she performed the Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concerto with the Bemidji Symphony in 2008. She holds degrees in organ and conducting from Baylor University, where she was a Presser Foundation Scholar, and from the University of Iowa, where she earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts. She studied at the Aspen Music Festival for two consecutive summers. Her principal conducting teachers include Stephen Heyde, Murry Sidlin and William LaRue Jones. She studied organ with Joyce Jones at Baylor University and Delbert Disselhorst at the University of Iowa.
Beverly’s artistic vision is financially supported by Starion Financial
Photo by Ann Marsden