Video Of The Day: Jason McElwain

This video clip is two years old, but I just discovered it on Facebook.  Jason McElwain is my new American Idol! What an inspirational moment, not only for this young man, but also for his supportive coach and teammates. I shook my head in awe as I watched the video. It’s the everyday miracles that remind everyone that there truly is a God governing the universe.

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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

4 Responses to “Video Of The Day: Jason McElwain”

  1. I have seen this video quite a few times…but it never gets old! It truly is inspirational and (as a coach) reminds me that, although sometimes very hard to accept, that winning is not everything.

    While we are on this topic, I wanted to share another inspirational video! As Jason McElwain is your American Idol MCL, these two girls Mallory Holtman and Liz Wallace are my American Idols. This is an excellent showing of sportsmanship and character.


  2. Hi MasterclassLady! Funny thing….I just posted this vidclip to my Facebook page yesterday! I have watched this clip so many times….He truly is an american Hero isn’t he!!!! P.S. I’m thrilled to see David Archuletta doing so well too…..


  3. Hi Robert. Maybe that’s where I came across this video. Facebook is such an interactive site that I just happened upon the video and truly can’t remember on whose page I saw it – except I know it was on Facebook. Thanks for stopping by!


  4. I had never seen this before. Thanks MCL for putting it up. Inspirational


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