Bonnie Lynn Hall of Birmingham Twp.
Bonnie Lynn Hall, 65, of Birmingham Township, passed away on October 26, 2016.
Bonnie lived most of her life in Chester County and attended Chadds Ford Elementary School, where her mother taught 3rd grade. Bonnie was a popular and active student throughout her high school years. In her senior year, she participated in Unionville High School’s annual Harvest Queen Pageant, which showcased her natural singing talents.
Bonnie went on to major in history and music at Cedar Crest College (’73, B. A.), where she was featured as a soloist in the college’s choir and select madrigal group. Following her undergraduate work, Bonnie continued her vocal studies at Carnegie Mellon University (’76, M. F. A., opera), Academy of Vocal Arts (’77), and Curtis Institute of Music (’80, diploma, voice). As a mezzosoprano, with a powerful and unique voice quality, Bonnie studied with Marianne Casiello and performed in Curtis’ concert programs, directed by Dr. Vladimir Sokoloff. She was featured as a soloist on Curtis’s Philadelphia radio broadcasts, presented by Boris Goldovsky. She continued her vocal studies with Dolores Ferraro, who said, “Bonnie had one of the finest voices I’ve heard. She was an artist because she had the temperament and the musicianship to go along with the voice. On stage, you knew she was a gifted singer.”
A high point for Bonnie came in 1984 when she sang for Luciano Pavarotti, winning a United States competition to participate in The Pavarotti International Voice Competition for young singers, where she was a finalist in 1985. She sang with various opera companies including in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Wilmington, Delaware. She also sang with the Cleveland Orchestra in their Blossom Music Festival. In 1991, Bonnie was the featured soloist for San Diego Symphony’s summer concert, An Evening for Lovers, conducted by her then husband, Carl Hermanns.
Later in her career, Bonnie worked in the entertainment industry, including for singer Engelbert Humperdinck. She lived in California for about 12 years and returned to Chester County in the 1990s, where she worked for several organizations including the Valley Forge Music Fair.
Additionally, Bonnie was a voracious reader and was knowledgeable about a wide range of topics, well beyond music. She was a sports fan and she also loved animals.
Bonnie is survived by her former husband, Carl Hermanns, her siblings, Joanne H. Boyer (David, husband and Heather-Ashley, daughter) and John L. Hall (Lisa, wife and their children).
Funeral services will be private.
Arrangements are being handled by DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc, 610-6961181, www.DellaFH.com.