Bon­nie Lynn Hall of Birm­ing­ham Twp.

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OBITUARIES -

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.

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