Vocal Masterclass Discussion Thread For American Idol Season 11: The Savannah Auditions


Tonight’s two-hour premiere of American Idol Season 11 will showcase the discovered talent in Savannah, Georgia.

Two hours for one city seems a little extreme. Has it always been this way? Who can remember from year to year? Not me.

So the two-hour showcase allotted to the Savannah singers must be indicative of the stellar level of talent at these auditions. Or, we may be treated to some tedious filler and back stories but then it wouldn’t be American Idol without it, correct?

Whatever the case, enjoy the resonating sound of Ryan Seacrest’s singular voice during the narration because, depending on what happens with his contract negotiations, this may be his last season.

And that would be a shame. No one can take his place. He makes it look so easy. He is unflappable, intelligent, accommodating, genuine – just a regular guy with a heap of ambition and talent.

So,let the drums roll out and the trumpets sound as we begin – hopefully – another full decade of
American Idol.

And please add your comments and thoughts in the comments section of this blog topic.

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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

8 Responses to “Vocal Masterclass Discussion Thread For American Idol Season 11: The Savannah Auditions”

  1. I was genuinely pleased last night to be watching Idol again. Of course, they showed some people with no talent, but there were a few shining moments–to name one–Philip Phillips. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this year will provide us with a lot of entertainment.

  2. Two hours does seem a little long but I recall last season saying the same thing. Hopeful that this year brings exciting talent with more seasoned opinions from judges. The loss of Ryan Seacrest at the end of this season woud change many viewers support for the show. He is one of the reasons I continue to tune in!

  3. I thought it was a great two hours. Very promising. Thanks for stopping by Louise and Pam :)

  4. I was impressed with a couple of contestants from Savannah, namely Philip Phillips and Amy Brumfield. A couple of the young ones were good. Overall, not too bad. Of course, no matter what, they will never measure up to season 7.

  5. It was a great way to start the season! I am so happy Idol has returned! I liked Colton, Lauren Meek, and Gabi (the dancer)!. Always nice to see Ryan returning! I was cheered by the show!

  6. Agree KariAnn and PandasMama! It was terrific start to a promising season. The positive vibes are very contagious and so necessary.


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