Vocal Masterclass Discussion Thread For Canadian Idol Season 5 Top 9 Performances

Hey everyone! As I am away on holidays, I thought I would start a Discussion Thread for the Canadian Idol Top 9 Performances this evening. I may be able to see the show but will not be able to write a Vocal Masterclass article this week.

Please feel free to add your comments about song selection, vocal and peformance style, vocal excellence and more. It’s your turn to “masterclass”, so have fun and be nice. Will talk to you in a few days!

About Masterclass Lady

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

11 Responses to “Vocal Masterclass Discussion Thread For Canadian Idol Season 5 Top 9 Performances”

  1. I thought Martha Joy gave a great vocal performance. I also really enjoyed Greg and Carly Rae’s performances, as well as Tara’s.


  2. Hi Masterclass Lady. I hope you are enjoying your holiday. I did have a question for you. You mentioned how head voice tone has to be throughout one’s register. Would it be right to say that you have to have head tone in order to more easily match pitch? At the same time you don’t want a overly treble, nasal weak timbre. You also have to add bass or chest voice to strenghten timbre. So is the goal balance between the two? Do you always have to have head tone at the forefront for pitch matching and then just add enough bass (but not so much you lose the head tone element) so that the voice sounds more resonanat regardless of where you are in your range? Thanks for your time.


  3. Hi, MCL . . . I’m not able to see Canadian Idol, but I’m wondering if you’re able to watch America’s Got Talent. There is a young man who I think is incredible and I’d love to know what you think of him. His name is Cas Haley.


  4. Hi Elaine:

    I just returned from a great vacation and am trying to catch up on all my paperwork and correspondence.

    I don’t watch America’s Got Talent, bit I will tune in next week and have a listen to Cas Haley.

    Thanks for pointing him out to me!


  5. Hi Dan:

    Had a great vacation and thanks for commenting here.

    You are absolutely correct – there has to be a blend of head and chest voice throughout the entire register.

    However, to attain the correct blend is the trick that, at times, takes months and even years to master.

    Once you do, then the voice sounds smooth and even throughout a singer’s range. However, when one sings into the upper range, head voice does indeed become and should become more prevalent – other wise, the voice sounds shrill and/or constricted.


  6. MCL . . . here is a link to a performance by Cas Haley

    Hope you’ll be able to access it–please let me know what you think of his sound. Thank you.


  7. Elaine – he is a superb singer. I must tune into the show this week. Is he scheduled to perform?


  8. Thank you for watching the link of Cas Haley–I ‘m glad to hear that you think he is a superb singer. I always like to hear your expert opinion because I know nothing about vocal ability. I’m hoping that Cas will perform again this week. I’m not completely sure how this show works. The judges named the top 20 acts. Then two weeks ago the first 10 acts performed. After that show, the viewing audience voted and last week after the remaining 10 acts performed, they announced who the top 5 acts were from the first week. So this Tuesday evening I’m sure they will announce the top 5 from this past week (and I feel quite sure that Cas will be in the top 5). But I don’t know when he will perform again. Hopefully it will be on Tuesday night.


  9. Thanks so much, Elaine. I will tune in – hopefully it won’t conflict with Canadian Idol. 🙂


  10. Hi, MCL . . . I was a little disappointed in Cas Haley’s performance last night on America’s Got Talent. It was good, but it wasn’t a song which showcased his voice as much as some that he sang earlier in the competition.


  11. Elaine!

    I totally forgot to watch the show. Darn. Too bad he didn’t sing well. That’s a shame.


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