Timmins Youth Singers Under The Direction Of Rosanne Simunovic

I thought I would add this video of my choir, the Timmins Youth Singers. It is an old performance of some classical numbers.

I will be adding more videos during the coming weeks on my YouTube. Com page, but for now, I hope you enjoy these numbers.

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

4 Responses to “Timmins Youth Singers Under The Direction Of Rosanne Simunovic”

  1. Great Job Masterclasslady. I can tell that you really love what you do!

    I have a question though concerning popular singing.
    Should you focus on your technique while your singing pop music or should you focus on emotions? Some voice teachers say that you should focus on your technique and emotion will flow from there. But I here other teachers suggest that you should visualize singing to people you love etc. Where do those emotions come from? Does every singer have the ability to invoke emotion? I see people who try to look emotional when they sing(They frown their face), but they just end up looking like they’re in physical pain.


  2. I really loved listening to that, Rosanne. It brought me back to my college days. Choir was one of my very favorite things – especially classical or liturgical music (I lose myself in the harmonies). Almost every Christmas we’d sing “Amahl and the Night Visitors” (I am a HUGE Menotti fan). Singing in church was what got me started, actually (the only thing I liked about getting up early on Sundays!). Singing really opens the soul – don’t you think?

    Thanks for posting that.


  3. Thank you so much George and TFLS. I do love working with young people so very much and the Timmins Youth Singers is a source of pride for me.

    TFLS -participation in Church is extremely important and it does, indeed “open the soul” as you said. I highly encourage my singers to contibute their musical skills to their Church – it is extremely beneficial in their growth as a musician and as a caring human being.

    George -some singers are born with the gift to innately transport their musical gift to their audience. It can be taught, but, it has to be inborn as well.

    Also, the technique, once it becomes firmly established, should become a natural element in the vocal process. In fact, when a singer truly connects with the emotional character of the song, so many technical issues seem to disappear.

    I always tell my singers to work very hard on their technical skills but, when it comes time to perform, then PERFORM! The audience wants to be entertained or moved.


  4. Beautiful, MCL! This reminds me of my days in the high school choir under the direction of Joan Frey Boytim. Shortly after that she became a private vocal coach and now has many publications. Any chance you know of her, MCL?


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