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


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I have always wanted to travel to Aspen Colorado, so the closest thing I will encounter is catching a glimpse of it here and there during this evening’s American Idol Aspen auditions.

I wonder if anyone will ski into the auditions. Just a crazy thought!

I pretty much thought that the San Diego auditions were a bust, although I really liked the unassuming and genuine talent of Jane Carrey. She seems rooted and focused, raised with the correct work ethic.

I think there will be more to this story as the season unfolds – at least this is what I hope will happen. Time will tell, but I am rooting for her.

I do like where this show is headed this year. Presently, there seems to be a diversity of talent headed to Hollywood, so I hope this element will be reflected in the Top 24 and, ultimately, in the Top 12.

What do you think of the show thus far? Let us in on your favorites in the comments sections.

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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

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

  1. I am with you, Rosanne! We are seeing some beautiful sights on the audition shows. Unfortunately, tonight’s show didn’t excite me. I praise Idol for telling Shelbie’s story in dealing with mental illness (Bi-Polar disease). I am happy she auditioned. The “Lady Gaga” audition was definitely different and not boring. However, there is something missing here. Maybe someone can tell me what it is?

    That last audition and the build up- to it was a waste of my time. We don’t need 45 year-old men trying to act like Steven Tyler. If the guy had a decent voice, that might make me feel differently.

    Also, we have not seen many African-American women. They may have auditioned, but where are they? It seems Idol has a thing for blondes. I am fearful that we are heading for an average season. With all the new shows, Idol needs a terrific season.
    I hope it gets better during Hollywood week. The Pittsburg auditions were great, but this week I have been very disappointed.

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  2. KariAnn – I thought Aspen had some great singers. It became weak towards the end but there were some fabulous singers in the first half hour or so. Loved the hippie girl – Haley? Some super guys as well. I am curious about the lack of African-American girls. Strange.

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  3. I liked the hippie girl too, Rosanne. She reminded me a little of Crystal Bowersox. It’ll be interesting to see her with a guitar (assuming she plays, which I bet she does). And there were a couple African-American tenor singers that sounded great in the snippets that we get. Finally there was a Scotty-McCreery type baritone that I think is actually at least as good. I think there was a lot more talent in the Aspen audition than San Diego. And I have to say I love love love my TiVO. I can fast forward through all those ads :).

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  4. As good as Scotty McCreery. Left that sentence hanging a bit.

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  5. Her name is Haley Smith. Hmmmm…..Haley….where have it heard that before?

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  6. Darlene – looks like we are on the same page. Awesome! I think it is going to be a great year. Lots of diversity.

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