Phyllis Elhady Hoffman

Graduating class of 1957

At Central, Phyllis Elhady Hoffman served as Vice President, then President of the Student Council, was a member of the Future Teachers of America, and wrote for the Aglaia and the Oracle. But it was in the Music Department, under the mentorship of William McAllaster, that she found her true milieu, prompting the 1957 Oracle to name her a “Mover and a Shaker.” Active in dramatic productions of the Maskers, in the award-winning Orchestra, and in every operetta produced while she was at Central, she excelled in the Performing Arts—the field wherein she has distinguished herself. Phyllis received both her B.S. and M.S. degrees in music from Boston University. She continued her vocal studies at the Aspen Music Festival, at the Tanglewood Music Center and at the Choral-Vocal Institute under the directorship of Robert Shaw and William Vennard. Simultaneously pursuing a teaching career as well as one in vocal performance as recitalist, as oratorio and opera soloist and with orchestra, she has sung too much acclaim with, among others, the Cantata Singers; Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood; and the Meadowbrook Festival under Robert Shaw. In 1976, she joined the faculty of Boston University where, since 1996, she has served as the Director of the Music Division in the School for the Arts. She also serves as Director of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and internationally recognized program for talented young artists. She has been invited to teach Master Classes in Voice worldwide. Many of her students have gone on to pursue distinguished careers in voice, both here and abroad. Phyllis Elhady Hoffman wrote the music to the 1957 Class Ode. The words of that ode were, indeed prophetic: “For each one bears a legacy Of honor, pride, and truth, And each one carries to the world The promise of his youth.” For the outstanding fulfillment of that promise, Phyllis Elhady Hoffman has earned a place in the MHS Central Hall of Fame.