All About Us

The PhilHallmonics (officially known as The PhilHallmonic Society Foundation) is a singing group that came together under the leadership of Broadway composer and conductor, Phil Hall. The goal was simple: to use our singing talents to help others and along the way to have a little fun singing our favorite songs from the Great American Songbook. The women that sing with us come from all walks of life from the Broadway actress, to the school teacher, to the ex-softcore porn star. Whether passing on our procedes to a cause or donating our time to a charity, we always have fun sharing great music! From musical theatre show tunes to the pop standards of yesterday, our songbook features such great songwriters as Rodgers and Hart, Stephen Sondheim, Lerner and Loewe, Jules Styne, Cy Coleman, Jerry Herman, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin and Harold Arlen. Through our music, we celebrate the golden age of Broadway from its humble beginnings in Tin Pan Alley to the contemporary shows of Broadway today.

 

Just a few places the women of The PhilHallmonics have performed:

  • 92nd Street Y
  • The Actors Fund
  • American Cancer Society
  • Hope Lodge
  • Huguenot Mission Trips
  • Jewish Community Center of Dix Hills
  • Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center
  • Lillian Booth Actors Home
  • The Loeb Boathouse of Central Park
  • National Council of Jewish Women
  • Pelham Manor Club
  • Reach The World
  • Salvation Army Williams Memorial Residence
  • Triad Theatre
  • Trinity Community Center
  • Walter Bruno Auditorium

Whether it’s your private party, a corporate mixer, a fabulous wedding, an anniversary, or a fundraising event, The PhilHallmon-ics enchant and inspire! So what are you waiting for? Get in touch with us.


Who We Are
PHIL HALL (Musical Director/Vocal Arranger) On Broadway, he conducted Play Me A Country Song and was associate conductor for the Broadway revival of Mame, which starred Angela Lansbury. He conducted the third national tour of Cats. He musical directed Side By Side By Sondheim at Michigan Opera Theatre with Nancy Dussault and Ron Raines. He conducted The Wizard Of Oz which starred Phyllis Diller as the Wicked Witch at St. Louis’ MUNY. He conducted the premiere of The Prince Of Central Park, which starred Nanette Fabray. Other musical directing credits include Some Enchanted Evening at Kennedy Center. He appeared on stage in Paper Mill’s 1989 spring production of Show Boat, which aired on PBS’ Great Performances series, playing the role of Jake who accompanies Julie for the song “Bill.” He appeared in the Mira Sorvino-produced film, Lisa Picard Is Famous as a vocal coach/pianist.

Phil composed the score for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, which was produced at Paper Mill Playhouse (1998). Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera, Kansas City Starlight Theatre and North Shore Music Theatre. He vocally arranged Sophisticated Ellington, a concert of Duke Ellington’s music, which was presented at Carnegie Hall by Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra in March of 1999. Phil’s first play with music, Matthew Passion, was produced at the American Theatre of Actors’ Chernuchin Theatre in NYC during the Easter season, 2007.

As a voice teacher and vocal coach, he maintains a considerable teaching/vocal coaching studio in midtown Manhattan. He has had the good fortune to work with Lily Tomlin, Tommy Tune, Alice Ripley, Martin Short, Madeline Kahn, Faith Prince, Petula Clark, Sally Ann Howes, Judy Kaye, Donna McKechnie, Andrea McArdle, John Raitt, Raquel Welch, Bea Arthur, Gregory Hines, Teri Hatcher and Charles Shaugnessy.

SHARON HALLEY (Choreographer) began her career at the world-renowned St. Louis MUNY as a dancer. Turning to choreography, she staged the original New York production ofJerry’s Girls and the national tour with Carol Channing, Leslie Uggams and Andrea McArdle.  Other New York credits includeThe New Moon, The Desert Song, The Merry Widow (all at New York City Opera) and Elizabeth and Essex, starring Estelle Parsons.  She choreographed the national tour of Carousel(with Rex Smith) and has staged numerous productions at some of the country’s finest theatres, including Paper Mill Playhouse, Light Opera Theatre of Sacramento, Kansas City Starlight, Theatre Under the Stars, Fifth Avenue Theatre, McCarter Theatre, and the Walnut Street Theater.  Sharon also staged the world premiere of the Rick Hawkins’ Musical Lunch.  PBS filmed her productions of Show Boat, The Merry Widow andThe New Moon for Great Performances, and she was resident choreographer for the Robert Preston, Rosemary Harris miniseries, “Chisholm. She has been a Guest Artist for the Canadian Government in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and Theatre Des Westins in Berlin, Germany.  At Music Theatre of Wichita, Sharon’s many credits include Oklahoma!, Where’s Charley?, Paint Your Wagon, The Desert Song, The King and I, The Sound of Music, Cinderella, Carousel, and the 1993Phantom.  She choreographed Olympus on my Mind for Bristol Theatre in Pennsylvania, and is teaching movement at Mannes College in New York.  Ms. Halley is the proud mother of Christopher, Gretchen, Amanda and Ebony.
The Girls

KAREN ARLINGTON,who moonlights as a motivational speaker, corporate spokesperson, and award-winning author, is a lyric soprano with a penchant for the Great American Songbook. She studied music at Lamont Conservatory (University of Denver) and at Frankfurt Conservatory in Germany. She spent three years with New York’s King’s Players Repertory Company and performed at BAM, Town Hall, Mercer Theater as “Wendy” in Peter Pan. She debuted her solo Harold Arlen show, I’ve Got The World On A String at The Triad Theater, NYC in 2005, where critics described her as “a carrot-top songbird who is not trying to be a sound-alike she takes her numbers to heart and makes them her own.” Karen has performed custom corporate cabarets internationally for global businesses. Karen is proud member of SAG-AFTRA. MARY LOU BARBER’s national tour credits include Grizabella/Jellylorum/Jennyanydots in Cats; Cassie in A Chorus Line; Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street; and the Teri Klausner role in Sophisticated Ladies Regionally, she played Sally Smith in Me And My Girl with Gary Griffin, director; Jessie Bond in Sullivan And Gilbert with George Grizzard, and Hope Harcourt in Anything Goes (both with Marcia Milgrom Dodge, director); Grace Kleehorn/Swing in Paper Moon at Ford’s Theater (D.C.); Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street, and was featured in Side By Side By Sondheim (Karin Baker, director). Recordings: Library of Congress, Girl Crazy and Strike Up The Band. MANDY BROWN sang the roles of Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflote, Flower Girl in Le Nozze de Figaro, Woman One in Songs for a New World, Kim in Bye Bye Birdie, Margy in State Fair and appeared in the ensemble of Fiddler on the Roof. Mandy performs her own cabaret show in New York City. She is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a degree in Music Education. Mandy lives in New York City with her husband. DOLLY ELLEN FRIEDMAN, aka Dosh Wallach, wrote and performed her first one-woman cabaret show, The Disc Jockey Was A Lady at Don’t Tell Mama in June of this year. It was the story of what it was like to be a kid during WWII with most of the men and boys away. She’s busy writing her next show about two composers she dearly loves—Kurt Weill and Noel Coward. LENORE FUERSTMAN NY credits include: Catherine in Suddenly Last Summer, Woman Two in Closer than Ever, Eliante in The Misanthrope, Soloist with the NY Gay Men’s Chorus. Regional: Desiree in A Little Night Music, Salome in Robber Bridegroom, Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, and Nettie Fowler in Carousel. Lenore studied with Uta Hagen, David Craig, David Friedman and Walt Witcover and is a magna cum laude graduate of Hunter College with a Vocal Performance degree. Lenore teaches “Acting While Singing/Singing While Acting” and coaches actors and singers privately. LYNETTE BAIOCCO has had the joy of music and singing in her life since childhood. That love was nurtured as a teen when she became a member of singing group in Upstate New York and performed extensively. Later, musical theatre became her vehicle. Favorite performances include singing the roles of Ado Annie in OKLAHOMA and Rosalie in CARNIVAL. As a young adult she was the singer with a original band and did several recordings. However, her musical career was put on extended hiatus when her work as a Graphic Artist for the major networks and raising a family with her husband Rob became her top priorities. Now, after passing on her love for music and performing to her three children, Lynette is thrilled to become a member of The PhilHallmonics and show her family and audiences that “Mama” has still “got it”!!
LAURIE SONDERMEYER is thrilled to be joining the ladies of the Philhallmonic. Her musical theatre credits include Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Mame at the Papermill Playhouse; Martha in The Secret Garden; Celia in Carol Hall’s To Whom It May Concern; Nettie in Carousel, as well as operetta roles including Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore and Yum-Yum in The Mikado. Laurie began her career in opera where she sang such roles as Mimi in La Boheme; Countess in The Marriage of Figaro; and Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus. She has performed as a guest soloist with the North Jersey Philharmonic, and had a successful cabaret act in Philadelphia where she also studied voice at the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts. During the years that Laurie decided to “stay home” to raise her two daughters, Emily and Sarah, she also managed to record her first CD entitled “Legacy . . . A Mother’s Embrace” and was one of the co-creators, along with Phil Hall, of Another Day In Paradise, a new musical in which she also performed. Most recently she has been inspiring others while performing at Tuscarora Christian Retreat Center and in local churches in beautiful Sussex County, New Jersey. FRANCESCA MACAARON A native New Yorker, Francesca was most recently seen in the Duke Ellington Center’s production of YES! The Musical, directed by Mercedes Ellington. Favorite theater roles include Angelina in Adios Tropicana at the Public Theater, Anais in La Belle Helene at Amas, Lana Sheridan in Best Foot Forward at New London Barn, and Nimue in Camelot at Cooperstown Theater Festival. Cabaret and nightclub appearances include Tatou Supper Club, The Bitter End, The Duplex, China Club, CBGB’s, and the Hard Rock Café in Paris, where she performed in Amazing Grace, the Ten Year Anniversary Tribute to Jeff Buckley. Forming her first rock band at the age of fifteen, Francesca still co-writes and performs her original rock/pop music with her brother, Davy Mack. Upcoming NYC projects include the role of Anne in the premiere concert reading of Steppin’ Out, the new musical based on the works of Joe Jackson, and Prudence, the wacky Parisian milliner, in a revival of Charles Ludlam’s Camille. LINDA SUE MOSHIER performs/ co-produces the female vocal group, Nobody’s Business Trio, who made their debut at the Iridium Jazz Club in NYC this summer. She also sang with the USO touring France, England, Germany, Guam and Japan; opened the D-Day Museum (now WWII museum) in New Orleans and the WWII Memorial in DC; headlined the Army Ball, at the Pentagon, Library of Congress, Kennedy Library, and performed at the historic moving of the Liberty Bell and the Statue of Liberty rededication. With the USO, Linda opened for Nancy Sinatra, Jessica Simpson, Larry Gatlin and Connie Stevens. Other roles include Mrs. Claus in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, musicals upon musicals, Walmart and McDonald’s commercials, and appearances on Comedy Central, PBS, Good Morning America. Ongoing concerts in Budapest, Hungary and a vocalist for Bateaux NY cruises from Chelsea Piers. ALYSON REIM has performed on stage regionally and in New York and has been featured in films, television, and voiceovers. She is a founding member of the American Globe Theatre in NYC and where she continues to perform. Favorite musical roles include: Grace, off- Broadway production of Roleplay, Lottie Ames in Mack and Mabel, Sheila in A Chorus Line, Ruth in Pirates of Penzance, and Rosaline in Love’s Labour’s Lost the Musical. Favorite dramatic roles include: Goneril in King Lear, Kate in Taming of the Shrew, Flo in Picnic, Mrs.Webb in Our Town and Olga in Three Sisters. Alyson is happily married and a mother of two. Alyson owns her own business, Quick Change Artistry, serving as a coordinator of support staffing during NYC Fashion Weeks. She holds a MFA in Acting from Trinity University and a BFA from UNC-Greensboro. She is a proud member of: AEA, SAG, AFTRA and IATSE. DIANA SILVA is a first generation Portuguese-American who grew up in an eclectic family of musicians of diverse musical genres including Portuguese fado and folklore, Spanish boleros, tangos, and paso dobles, Brazilian bossa nova and American jazz. She is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish and enjoys singing in these languages. Diana has performed at several summer festivals at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, as well as at performances sponsored by Columbia University’s Live at Lerner Festival, the Newark Arts Council, and the Portuguese television station, SIC International-RTP. In collaboration with Phil Hall, Diana has recently co-written “Blue,” dedicated to the loving memory of her mother, Dina Silva. She and Phil are currently working together on several new and exciting songs. Diana is also currently completing “Fado Blue,” a CD which blends her Portuguese and American ancestry and includes both original and traditional songs in both English and Portuguese. She is thrilled to be singing the songs of the Great American Songbook with this wonderful group of very talented and lovely ladies in The PhilHallmonics. BECCA YURÉ is a singer/songwriter as well as a musical theatre singer/actor/dancer. Favorite theatrical credits include Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun, Amalia in She Loves Me, Florence in Chess, Lili in Carnival, and Martha in The Secret Garden. Other NYC, regional, and national tour credits include Ragtime, The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, Camelot, Brigadoon, 42nd Street, Sunday in the Park with George, Pirates of Penzance, Baby, Music Man, Grease, Peter Pan, and Mame. She regularly performs in NYC choreographer showcases and sings her original music in venues from Symphony Space to SideWalk Cafe. Becca has also sung on Jay Leno’s The Tonight Show, recorded the end title to the movie, Party, and performed at The Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles Music Center, and the La Jolla Playhouse.

 

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