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Beverly Hoch (born August 26, 1951) is an American coloratura soprano and music educator who has had an active performance career in operas, concerts, and on recordings since the late 1970s. She has been teaching at Texas Woman's University since 2007.
Born in Marion, Kansas, Hoch earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Friends University in 1973 before pursuing formal musical studies. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Oklahoma City University in 1975, and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Wichita State University in 1978 where she was a pupil of George Gibson. She also studied opera briefly at Sarah Lawrence College where she performed her first opera role, Zerlina in Don Giovanni in 1978. She studied voice privately in New York with Michael Trimble (1977–1982) and Ellen Faull (1982–1986).
Hoch won the regional division of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 1977 before winning the Young Concert Artists contest in 1979. She made her debut at the Santa Fe Opera as Iza in La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein in 1979. She made her professional recital debut at the 92nd Street Y in January 1980. In his review of her performance, The New York Times music critic Donal Henahan wrote, "Miss Hoch's voice is pure and agile, which satisfies the basic requirements of a coloratura soprano, but it also has an attractive vibrato that lends itself to warmth and color. Like many coloraturas, she can use it in a precise instrumental style, and did so dazzlingly."