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Season’s Greetings From Masterclass Lady: Rosanne Simunovic

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Now that the Christmas and Holiday season is in full swing, I thought I would add a special sticky post, so that everyone can share the joy of the season and everything it has to offer.

You are welcome to add links to your favorite performances, favorite songs, favorite food (yum) and so much more, so please stop by and share your memories with us at MasterclassLady.Com.

Below you will see some articles I have written, highlighting some exceptional seasonal performances by some of my favorite singers. I hope you enjoy these performances as much as I do and I will add many more as the holiday season intensifies – ooo, I love that word!

This Holiday Blog is now open for comments



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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

43 Responses to “Season’s Greetings From Masterclass Lady: Rosanne Simunovic”

  1. Here is a non-traditional Chanukah song–Light One Candle by Peter, Paul, and Mary: http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=43J-gYOnLoI

    (It is available on iTunes and Amazon, in several versions. I like the one in “A Holiday Celebration with the New York Choral Society”.)

    I love your first choices!!


  2. Not exactly a Christmas song – but it could be —
    my video of David Archuleta singing Imagine at the Holiday of Hope Tree lighting ceremony in Hollywood, California — then David lights up the tree with Santa


    David singing Angels followed by Oh Holy Night at same event – again my “side ways” video – but super up close and great audio of Oh Holy Night – my favorite of favorites.


    And the World will Be as One ..

    Happy Holidays Everyone.


  3. This may have already been shared somewhere – so may links and postings but if not…enjoy. If it was, again, enjoy!

    A young Archie with his Mamma (now we know where he got talent…)


  4. This original song by Jason Castro seems particularly appropriate right now… “Shine Your Light”



  5. Thank you for the holiday gifts, MCL! I have made a little calendar featuring pictures of David Archuleta that I would like David’s fans to have as my holiday gift to them. You can find it on the Team Archie forum if you like!



  6. Merry Christmas to you MCL and to all. Things will get hectic, so am sending my best wishes now. Stay safe and warm!


  7. Bianca – that calendar is gorgeous beyond belief. You are so talented. I have downloaded the calendar – it’s a keeper. Thank you so much for sending this link.


  8. Thanks for stopping by everyone. I am off to watch all these great performances you have so graciously sent to me.

    It is -30 Celsius here in Timmins – so cold I want to scream. Plus, my dental problem is still nagging, as I wait for an appointment with the surgeon. Ugh

    However, I am enjoying the quiet time with my family. Moving slow, but still moving at least. haha


  9. This is not exactly a holiday favorite, but my sister sent it to me for a good musical holiday laugh…


    MCL– really? -30? That is UNBELIEVABLE!! I just cannot fathom it! Bundle up well–and I will say a few prayers for your health, that sounds so painful…


  10. Rereader – thanks for the holiday laugh – that’s a keeper!

    And yes, -30 is quite cold; I have experienced this temperature numerous times! BRRRR!!


  11. This one is a Chanukah song in Ladino (what Yiddish is to German, Ladino is to Spanish–so this is a Chanukah song from the Sephardic branch of Judaism:

    Ocho Kandelikas.


  12. Here is another link to the one posted by Rereader – musical holiday laugh. The other one is no longer available! Enjoy!


  13. ReReader and Bizzee – those links were fantastic. I am always amazed at the depth of talent out there in our big wide world that I am totally not aware of!

    Keep ‘em coming! I am lovin’ it!


  14. It is cold here, but we have had very littel in the woay of huge snow storms. The storms keep missing us, so I am thankful for that.


  15. Your welcome, MCL. Here is another link of our beloved David to help warm you up! It may have already been shared somewhere else, but as with the other one I sent, if not…enjoy; if it has, enjoy again! :)


  16. America and Canada unite for a glorious “Oh Holy Night” –

    A younger David Archuleta and Celine Dion duet –
    another video masterpiece by msrxmontreal (Rika)


  17. ArchieFanDoc – that video was absolutely heavenly. It was a reverent performance and the sensitivity and musicality of both of these singers were outstanding.

    David and Celine both use their technical skills to perfection. Their voices are very transparent. Listen to the blend of those two voices – like one!

    What a great video and so inspired. And to find two singers singing this song at the same tempo must have been no small feat. Kudos


  18. Bizzee – yes, I did see this performance of “O Come All Ye Faithful” but it is definitely worth a repeat here on this post. Thanks for sending it.


  19. ArchieFanDoc, the video was excellent! ‘Oh Holy Night’ has to be one of my absolute favourite Christmas songs when sung properly and this was just excellent! Thank you!

    I’m having fun posting links and videos so here is one more video to share with you. It is “Oh Holy Night” and “Amazing Grace” sung by David who was made a guest appearance with the Osmonds.


  20. MCL, another huge accomplishment for David A.: His album has officially gone gold!!! A week before his 18th birthday. : ]


  21. Merry Christmas MCL! I was privileged to hear David perform at the Atlanta Jingle Jam and he was spectacular as usual!

    Rereader, thanks for the Ladino Hanukkah song, I haven’t heard it before.


  22. You’re welcome, marc! I thought it was fairly obscure, but there are 20 versions of it on Amazon just in downloads! So I guess it’s more popular than I realized. Sephardic music is wonderful, heavily Latin-influenced (well, “Sephard” means Spain)–and of course, Spanish music has the Jewish influence, too.


  23. Merry Christmas MCL and to all you r readers as well.

    What a year it’s been. We were taken on a ride that none of us could have imagined a year ago. Thank you David and thank you MCL!!! For me it all started with AI Season 7 auditions and ended with Jingle Ball Sacramento.

    What will next year bring???


  24. Rereader – have you heard Dave Koz’s CD – “A Smooth Jazz Christmas?”

    Although it’s mainly a Christmas CD, there is a really great Hannukah song called “Eight Candles”.

    It just instrumental, but what a great melody. Perhaps you will recognize it? The whole CD is a gem, actually.

    Here is the link to a brief sampling of “Eight Candles”


  25. Thank you Janey and Marc and a Merry Christmas to you as well. Thank you for all your support here on the MCL site.

    Erin – David is gold!!! That’s the best birthday present ever and he and his family must be ecstatic, not to mention the fans! Well deserved and it will only get better and better!


  26. One more link…it’s not a song by any Idols or our beloved David. It is, however, one of my favourite non-traditional Christmas songs and my way of wishing everyone here, and especially MCL, a very Merry Christmas and All the Best in the New Year!


  27. MCL, I was able to find the whole song online–it is not a familiar tune (I suspect the artist wrote it himself). I like it very much, even if it doesn’t say anything Chanukah-like to me! I may just buy the track anyway, though…


  28. Bizzee – I absolutely love this song. My choir – Timmins Youth Singers – performed this song with a group called Urban Folk (both are brothers and former members of the TYS) at a very special Christmas concert. I wrote a special arrangement of this song for Urban Folk and the TYS and it really sounded gorgeous.

    As the singers performed the song, we had a slideshow projected on a large screen depicting special people form our community that have made a differencei n our lives. Not a dry eye in the house!

    I should really upload the video to YouTube – but I want to make sure that the audio is okay. Thanks for sending this link – this song is just perfect for this-and any – time of year


  29. ReReader -Oh good – you found it! I think it has a neat melody and Dave Koz, to me, is a genius.


  30. Happy Holidays and Joyous New Year to everyone!

    I am going to spend a little time tonight after all have gong to bed watching all of these videos posted here before turning in myself. Thanks everyone.

    Thank You MCL for also brining the music back into our lives.


  31. MCL, that sounds like it was a magical evening. Hopefully, one day it will find it’s way to YouTube!

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!


  32. A very Merry Christmas to you as well.

    I hope you had an opportunity to listen to Theo Tams’ Christmas songs (“Christmas Dream” and “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”) during this holiday season. ;-) Naturally, they were on regular rotation on my iPod holiday playlist. (If you haven’t heard them, you can check them out on Theo’s MySpace page.)

    All the best for a happy and healthy 2009!


  33. Happy New Year to you MCL! All the best for a great 2009!


  34. There’s a lovely video up on YouTube of Jason singing “White Christmas” at his church’s Christmas services…

    Happy New Year to all!


  35. Best Wishes for a Healthy and Happy New Year MCL !!!

    Thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication in 2008…you helped to make it one of the most memorable years on record…


    I can’t wait to see what treasures David will bring to us in 09.


  36. Wow -what a beautiful version of White Christmas and the video is excellent. That Church is fortunate indeed to be surrounded with excellent musical parishioners.

    Now, if I can get Jason to drop his jaw and round out that mouth, I would be a happy Christmas elf. Right now, he is using about 20% of his vocal capability. C’mon Jason. We know you can do it! You were making great technical inroads during the Idol tour.

    Thanks for sending this Rereader – I just love my Jason and I wish him all the success that this world has to offer.


  37. Happy New Year to everyone and thank you ALL for your wonderful support and commentary. I wish all of you health, happiness and peace during 2009 and beyond.

    Love MCL xo


  38. A very Happy, healthy and successful New Year to everyone!!


  39. Have you had a chance to listen to Michael Castro’s new covers off of his myspace?



  40. I did listen to Michael’s songs – they are wonderful. I wonder if he made it through the the semi-finals of AI this season? He’s great!


  41. According to Joesplace, a person who’s known for correctly spoiling the top 50 & top 24, he unfortunately, didn’t make it.


  42. What? That’s a shame. Darn. Thanks for the info., however.


  43. MCL, since you love David A. so much, I really recommend you check out the music of the late John Denver. He & David have very similar voices, in my opinion. You’ll know why I think that.



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