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Theo Tams: On His Way To The Canadian Idol Top Ten And Beyond


The more I think about it, the more I realize that Theo Tams is in a league of his own. Not only did he give a spectacular performance during his Top 20 showcase, but also he emerged as an articulate, genuine and passionate artist.

However, more so than any other contestant, he displayed stellar musical talent and confirmed this fact by admitting that he never pursued any formal training in piano. Really? Could have fooled me. He manoeuvers the keys with finesse and musicality, validating my personal conviction that he is an inherently gifted musician.

Vocally, his voice is strong – extremely potent; however, he has yet to master the art of sustaining his vocal sound through a consistently circular mouth formation. Hopefully, this technical glitch will correct itself over the next few weeks. That horizontal mouth position is making me very nervous, as it puts undue strain on his vocal cords.

Additionally, he needs to relax his shoulders when playing the piano; his hunched posture contributes negative factors to his overall vocal production and diminishes the full effect of the diaphragmatic breathing process.

However, given all of this, he is a star and will keep the other competitors on their toes throughout the rest of this competition.

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Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

3 Responses to “Theo Tams: On His Way To The Canadian Idol Top Ten And Beyond”

  1. I haven’t had the opportunity to watch much of Canadian Idol much yet, but did manage to catch a brief glimpse of Theo’s performance the other night…wow! I agree with the judges and you, MCL, that he is in a league of his own! He completely wowed me and has drawn me back to watch it next week!

    MCL, I was wondering if you had an opportunity to catch any of the performances from the show How Do You A Problem Like Maria? I realize that this is mroe of an Idol forum, but I would be interested to hear what your thoughts are on these vocalists?

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  2. You know, bizzee, I did catch one segment of the `Maria`show and, overall, I can`t say that I was blown away by many of the singers.

    There were 2 or 3 that I thought were quite good, but, to be fair, I have only watched it one time – when there were 10 singers.

    Hopefully, I will remember to watch it this week and, perhaps, post a thread or two.

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  3. I’ve seen him perform on some youtube pages and yes, he is so passionate and appears so genuine that I can’t help but be sucked in by his performance. Like you said, I would like to see him relax his shoulders a little more :]

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