The Canadian Tenors: Destined For Superstardom

thecanadiantenors.jpgToday, I strolled over to the Live Tour Artists website, in an effort to see what my former vocal student, Patricia O’Callaghan, was planning for her 2007-2008 performance season. She is very busy and I will comment more on this later on in another post.However, similar to discovering gold by accident, I happened upon a vocally superb and creative group of young singers, The Canadian Tenors. They are nothing short of astounding and a timely and stellar gift to our music industry.Collectively, they bring a wonderful and memorable diversity of style and substance to their performances.And, it appears that David Foster is an important part of their introductory process to the music world. And once the Foz man is on board, the stars certainly do align.Plans are in the works for a world class CD to be released just in time for Christmas 2007. Now, that CD better be in my stocking come Christmas morning!In the meantime, in an effort to whet your artistic appetite, have a listen to their amazing performance of Because We Believe by David Foster, showcased at the opening of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto in June 2007.

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

2 Responses to “The Canadian Tenors: Destined For Superstardom”

  1. The four voices heard on the Canadian Tenors site you direct people to is not the group advertised in the photo. Jamie McKnight’s voice does not appear on that particular recording, but rather the voice of Peter McCutcheon, an earlier incarnation of the Canadian Tenors


  2. Peter – thank you for pointing this out. It’s a shame that you are no longer part of this group, as your voice was the one that jumped out at me when I listened and watched the Canadian Tenors.

    You have indeed enjoyed a phenomenal career thus far . Congratulations.

    Thank you for stopping by.


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