Masterclass Lady’s December “To Do” List

Okay, I am really behind here and most of you know the reason behind this.  However, time is moving far too quickly and, in order not to feel “out of the loop, it’s time to “take the bull by the horns” and share my views with you about some artists that mean a great deal to me.

So, I thought I would offer a December “to do” list for MasterclassLady.Com and, as each project is completed, I would “cross it off” my list and provide a link to the blog topic.

Also, please feel free to add your requests in the comments section – in case I missed anything.

So, here we go – Masterclass Lady’s December “To Do” List:

  • BREAKING NEWS: Live Chat With Dean Kaelin and Masterclass Lady At Counting David’s Character On Wednesday, December 10th: Click here to read the transcript
  • Review David Archuleta’s CD All Done. Click here.
  • Clean My House All Done! Woo! Out To Purchase or Download Cookie’s CD after Church Services
  • Snuck in a review of David Archuleta’s “O Holy Night” Performance Click here
  • Review David Cook’s CD
  • Decorate My Christmas Tree Done ahead of schedule because I missed my beautiful white and gold tree
  • Review Jason’s Castro’s New Music
  • Review David Archuleta’s AOL Performances
  • Babysit My Almost 3-year-old Granddaughter For A Week
  • Recover From Babysitting My Granddaughter for A Week. haha
  • Bake, bake and bake some more
  • Review David Archuleta’s Jingle Ball Performances
  • Wrap My presents
  • Review the Canadian Tenors’ New CD
  • Plan Music Liturgy For Advent And Christmas Church Services All done!
  • Review Jaydee Bixby’s New CD
  • Anything Else?
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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

47 Responses to “Masterclass Lady’s December “To Do” List”

  1. Thats alot to do in a short time.

  2. GOSH MCL…I need a nap after reading your list!

  3. Hey MCL, I see you have a lot on your plate! I’m glad that reviewing David Archuelta’s CD is at the top of your list.

  4. Peace and joy in this holiday season! (Looks like you really need some of the “peace” part!)

  5. This list scares me and then not! It sort of keeps things in perspective and, in some strange way, I gain a sense of control over these projects.

    Still waiting for my dental referral – this alone is more of a headache (well, in this case, a toothache)- than all of the above projects on my list.

    Anyway, I am off to meet someone re music liturgy for my Church (should have been on the top of my list – forgot about this meeting until an hour ago)

    Thanks everyone.

  6. Anything else you ask? How about 2 short clips from David performing with the Osmond’s Second Generation in Utah last Saturday night?

    Oh Holy Night…

    Amazing Grace…

  7. I’m anxious to hear your review of Jason Castro’s music! Thanks for taking the time to do this for his fans!!

  8. Glad to see David’s album review being at the top of your list. I am still anxiously waiting for it…hurry, lol!!

  9. A very ambitous list MCL. Look forward to your reviews…

  10. MCL — nice to see that you have your priorities straight!!!
    Thanks in advance for your “christmas presents” to us.
    Are you not glad my Board of Governor’s Gala event filming was so bad -that is one less thing on your list!

  11. MCL, your list is so exhausting! But thanks for doing everything. Please take some time to yourself if you need to – health first!!! Then David ;)!

  12. This isn’t exactly music to be critiqued, but I know that you have come to appreciate Jason Castro as a person. I think this video accounts for the passion behind Jason’s music, and I thought you would enjoy it.

  13. O Holy Night…slightly better audio, less background noise, from last night…

  14. Really looking forward to your review of Jason Castro’s New Music and Tulsa Performances. The videos I have found are great but none capture the clarity and purity of Jason’s voice live. WOW.

    I was fortunate enough to be there and frankly I was blown away.

    Hope you are as well MCL

  15. Oh, your tree sounds beautiful!!

  16. Thanks Rereader. Took a break tonight and read by the tree. It relaxed me immensely.

    Looking forward to listening and reviewing Jason’s new song material. I have no doubt that it is wonderful – “Sweet Medicine” is outstanding.

  17. Breaks are important, MCL!

    And I do think you will be impressed by Jason’s new songs! (Jason is doing another concert this coming Saturday night–a double bill Christmas show with Patti La Belle, it’s a benefit for the BEST Education Foundation.)

  18. DO open before Christmas! From David via Buffalo to his fans everywhere….

  19. Janey – thanks for the link. How beautiful and David always manages to find new melodic elements with each and every song her performs. Gorgeous.

    As a side note, I had to share. I am babysitting my almost 3-year-old granddaughter. Last night she was having trouble sleeping, so she cuddled in bed with me and my husband.

    She was talking to herself, quietly – I guess this soothes her. And then I heard: “Please Lord,please Lord.” My ears perked up as I listened to this and then she said: “Please Lord, help me to sleep” -over and over. Oh my, it warmed my heart.

    This morning I asked her who taught her this and she said – my Mom. Okay – this is the best Christmas gift ever. I raised a beautiful daughter (well two, actually) and she is raising a beautiful daughter – passing on the important things in life.

    Sorry – had to share. Proud Nonni here. We now return to our regularly scheduled David Archuleta love fest! haha.

    Oh – and ReReader – I hope to tackle Jason’s songs on the weekend, if not before. Your patience is so appreciated at this very busy time of year.

    Also – there is a live chat over at http:/ this evening featuring yours truly and Dean Kaelin

  20. MCL what a sweet Nonni story to wake up to. I called my grandmother Nonni, too.

    Isn’t that one of life’s greatest gifts? Watching your children become parents? Maybe you could share some grandparently advice with Dean tonight. His first grandbaby is due Christmas day!

  21. Really? I had no idea that he was a grandfather-in- waiting! Christmas Day? How perfect.

  22. Wow, MCL. What a nice story – thank you for sharing, that really does warm the heart :).

    “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but the moments that take our breath away”

  23. Thanks Bizzee. I had to share it and I knew that all of you would appreciate this little story. And that quote is so beautiful and so true. :) So, I am off to battle the winter cold because my granddaughter wants to make a snowangel. Memories of my childhood!

  24. Awwww, that’s a lovely story, how sweet! (I hope she is happy enough to make snowangels herself, and for you to ooh and ahh over them! Snow is COLD, LOL!)

  25. WFM Sacramento…my new favorite song, lol.

  26. MCL, I really enjoyed your chatroom session tonight. You provided us with some really good stuff about David & how he is able to maintain that wonderful voice.

  27. Hi MCL, I just want to thank you for the chat last night on CDC. It was so great of you to share your insights and knowledge with us, I really enjoyed the experience!

  28. Why thank you so much Marc, Erin, Janey, Rereader. The chat was a blast and the fans – well, truly special, like our David.

    Rereader – she did make snowangels and I videotaped her. hahaha. I am such a proud grandmother, aren’t I?

    Thanks for the link, Janey and, as well, to Tomboy. Something to listen to when my granddaughter is sleeping.

  29. Not to sure where to post this, so I’ll try here. I think this is kind of sad – I loved this epsiode of Idol and thought it was great for everyone! Hopefully, Idol Gives Back will return Next Year.

    P.S. New Season starts one month from today! :)

  30. Hey MCL, there will be another Jason Castro song to review. On Monday, 12/15, White Christmas will be available to download from Amazon. You can hear a preview now at . The little bit I heard sounds great. Did you ever think you’d hear White Christmas on a ukulele? Can’t wait to read what you think of it.

  31. Haha, cj4jc beat me to it!! And according to Amazon, it will be a free download!

  32. Yea! But I cabn’t download from Amazon because I live in Canada! Grrrrr. Is it on ITunes? I’ll have to check. Busy with my granddaughter 24/7. Sorry for being so disconnected here, but I am having fun with her.

    CanNOt wait to hear Jason

  33. MCL, I believe it will not be on iTunes because iTunes requires more lead time to put up a song. But let me know if you cannot download it from the Canadian Amazon site–if you can’t, I will email it to you, it is a free download so no one could possibly object!

    It might also be put up on Jason’s MySpace page, that I’m not sure about.

  34. I’m sorry to hear you can’t download from Amazon. So, here’s a video of it recorded by dare2dreamJC last night at the concert in Garland.

  35. Hi again, MCL! dare2dreamJC put up video of Jason’s White Christmas.

    She has more songs from both Tulsa and Garland, too…

  36. cj4jc–we have to stop doing this!! LOL

  37. ReReader – Amazon.Ca doesn’t sell downloads. Darn! If you could send it to me that would be great. If it’s free, I should be able to download it off the USA site, but who knows?

    In a bit of a rush here – off to a Christmas function.

    I heard his performance on YouTube – it was very good, but the audio was confusing me. haha His background vocals sounded fuzzy and masked his voice in the video. The Amazon download I am sure will be much better.

    Thanks as well to cj4jc! :)

  38. No problem, MCL! As soon as I can download it I will email you a copy.

  39. MCL – look at you tackling everything on your list and moving right along. Incase we don’t say it enough, THANK YOU for all you do! :)

  40. MCL–Jason’s White Christmas is avaiable for download! So I downloaded it, and sent it to you via YouSendIt–look for an email from them, telling you where to download the file. If you have any problems playing it, let me know, and I’ll figure out another way to get it to you!

  41. To add to your Christmas collection. Here’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas from David at tonight’s Jingle Ball in Philly.

    David we know you didn’t have time to do a formal Christmas CD this year but somehow you found a way to give your most dedicated fans a gift we will cherish forever. Thank you David.

  42. MCL, Please bump Jason’s “White Christmas” up to next on your list. You’ll absolutely love the Jasonization of this song. Brilliant!

  43. If anyone else is having trouble downloading Jason Castro’s “White Christmas” from Amazon because they live out of the country, try downloading it from

    That ought to work no matter where you live!

  44. MCL, I don’t know if the code will work here, so if this looks weird, please delete it! But if it does work, this is a music player with videos of Jason performing at the Garland concert–you might be able to hear it better than those from Tulsa:

  45. Okay! I see it just didn’t post. Well, you can see the video’s of Jason Castro’s performances–from both Garland and Tulsa–at ksdreamin06′s channel on YouTube!

  46. MCL — slowly but surely your crossing things off your list.
    Loved your story about Nonni and her grandbaby.
    Thank you for the time you spent on the CDC chat and your little shout out to AFD – that made my week!

    Thanks Janey for the Archuleta links — thanks Rereader for the Castro links – appreciated hearing Jason’s White Christmas!

  47. MCL…good morning. David’s new video for A Little Too Not Over You has been released. I think it’s fabulous…your thoughts?


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