Weekend Update From Masterclass Lady

Hey there everyone:

A series of unexpected events have accumulated in my life and I am taking a few days off from updating this site with new blog topics.  I may stop by every so often to comment here and there, but, hopefully, I will be back in action later next week.

I apologize for this and am grateful for your patience and support.

Update: Slowly getting back to “normal”.  Thanks everyone for your uplifting words of support.

Stay tuned for another article about Scott MacIntyre and make sure you download David Archuleta’s Digital Bundle from ITunes today!

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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

20 Responses to “Weekend Update From Masterclass Lady”

  1. MCL, just know that you are in my thoughts and prayers right now. Judging from your Twitter feed it sounds like you are not having a good week at all. I pray that your flu will let up very soon and for your health to return very quickly. May God bring healing to your body and your heart, because I know you are also hurting from the loss of that dear married couple. I will keep their families in my prayers as well. I know you have a faith that will sustain you through this storm, MCL, and I know God will be there to wipe away your tears. By the way, I don’t know what kind of worship music you usually listen to, but I always find encouragement when I am going through a tough time when I listen to “Praise You In This Storm” by Casting Crowns. It’s one of those songs that just grips your spirit and holds on till the end.

    Still, I know that a simple song cannot take away the gaping void left by the loss of a loved one. Just remember that God is close to the broken-hearted, and as Hebrews 13:5 says: “God has said: I will never leave you”. May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile upon you and be gracious to you. May He show you His favor and give you His peace.


  2. Hi Rosanne – Shannon here.

    I can only imagine what you are going through right now. The sudden death of this couple is such a tragedy. I did not know the couple, but it is still heartbreaking. I pray that you find the strength to get through this difficult time. I really hope you feel better soon too. Please know that I’m thinking of your entire Family and keeping everyone in my prayers.

    As with Galen above, I also find comfort in listening to inspirational songs and agree that although they cannot bring back a loved one or fill the void of the loss, they do bring some comfort and peace. You just need to find that one song that will do just this for you.


  3. MCL – My condolences and well wishes to you at this time. This may be a great time for Scott MacIntyre’s “No Fear” again. Listen and let the words fill you up, strengthen, and comfort you.

    We all patiently and understandingly await your return to the website. God Bless.


  4. Hi all:

    As I write this, I am once again listening to Scott’s beautiful performance of “No Fear” Thank your dear Kirsten for sending this to me again.

    And know that Scott’s music was to be the subject of my next blogging topic. And I will make good on my promise when I feel better.

    Thank you Galen for your heartfelt and inspiring words of comfort – you always know what to say. Your words are very comforting and I thank you for taking the time to add your thoughts and prayers.

    And, of course, sweet Shannon – you are such a caring and loveable young lady. Thank you for always taking time from your busy schedule to provide happiness and support to those around you. I truly appreciate your caring, generous nature-a positive life force in my life!

    I finish this comment just as Scott’s completes his song. What a beautiful young man and such an inspiration – that voice and that sensitivity -just sublime!

    This song and his performance is a peaceful way to end the evening as I head off to bed. His voice and those words! Gorgeous!

    Thanks everyone. Here’s to tomorrow! xoxo


  5. Feel better fast, Rosanne–I pray for healing for both your body and heart.


  6. mcl, thoughts and prayers for you <3.


  7. MCL, my thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless.


  8. MCL – You are more than welcome. Have you heard the story behind that song? It is contained in the interview below, as Scott discusses the many challenges he has faced in his life. Amazing.


  9. MCL,

    I am thinking of you during this most difficult time. I found myself reminded of the saying – when it rains, it pours. Sometimes we may feel that it’s all just too overwhelming. There are a lot of heartbreaking bumps on the road of life. I hope that our thoughts and good wishes can provide some sustenance and give you comfort to get through this latest tragedy.

    I am grateful for all that you have given us and hope, in my own small way, to try to give some of it back to you.


  10. Awe Rosanne, you are way too sweet!! You have no idea how much your kind words mean to me. I’m actually going through somewhat of a personal time of my own right now, so these kind words along with your hugs and chat today definitely help.

    God Bless! xo!

    And if you need ANYTHING, please don’t hesitate to ask!


  11. Dear MCL, I am so sorry to read that you are going through a very difficult time right now. Please take time to recover fully, and to mourn the loss of your friends. Your health is more important than rushing back to your friends on this site. We will miss you but want to make sure that you heal your body and heart.

    Take care.


  12. Thank you so much all. My granddaughter is here with me now and she keeping me very pre-occupied and reminding me how important it is to live in the moment.

    Shannon – call me any time you want to talk. I am here for you. xo


  13. Roseanne, I expressed my condolences and my wishes for better health on another thread. You know me, I do get lost easily. For some reason, I cannot get on Twitter.

    You have been in my thoughts and prayers, MCL. Please do take the time to heal. Yes, little ones do lift ones spirit!

    As I am writing, I realized I also sent you an email. I wish you the best!



  14. ROseanne,

    haven’t visited the site for some time because I’m caught up with work. So sorry to hear about your present circumstances. My prayers are with you and your family. Please take time to rest and take care of yourself. God is with you and so are your friends. God bless.


  15. Dear Madame,

    Do have a good rest and get well soon.

    Take care.


  16. Hope this cheers us up.

    The skater, Nick Laroche asked Adam to sing the song for the performance. Here’s how it happened.



  17. Hey, I don’t know if anyone knows this on here yet, but you might interested to know that Allison Iraheta officially has a record deal! Good for her!


  18. Good news, Galen! Thanks.


  19. Sorry to hear you’ve been feeling poorly, Rosanne. Ill health can be quite depressing – this I know. I live with chronic pain – so I understand what it means to have a bad day (and a good one!). Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers, my dear. Here’s to health and happiness for us all!


  20. MCL, thinking of you; continued positive thoughts and prayers going your way. God Bless.


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