Evelyn & Phil Spitalny
Phil Spitalny was born in Russia in 1890 and began his musical education at the age of 9, training at the Conservatory of Music in Odessa on the piano and violin but the clarinet was his main instrument. In 1905 he came to the United States with his family, settling in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1935, he formed an all-female touring orchestra which made its debut in New York City’s Capital Theater, and began a network radio program, “The Hour of Charm.” He retired as orchestra leader and composer in 1955. He moved to Miami and served as music critic for the Miami Beach Sun and the Miami Beach Reporter. He died in 1970 in Miami Beach.
Evelyn Kaye Klien Spitalny was born in New York City in 1911. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1937. While still pursuing a solo career, she had become concertmaster and lead violinist of Phil Spitalny’s All-Girl Orchestra. She married Phil in 1945. She was billed as Evelyn and her Magic Violin in the orchestra’s live performances and also on its radio program. She died in 1990 in Miami Beach.
In 1990, the Evelyn and Phil Spitalny Scholarship was established by the estate of Evelyn K. Spitalny and it exists to encourage music students and the Music Department of Barry University.