Jason And His Daughter Madeline Emilia

American Idol Alumnus Jason Castro Is A Dad


Jason Castro will be strumming a lot of lullabies on his ukelele.

His signature song, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”, has taken on a whole new meaning with the birth of his baby daughter, Madeline Emilia.

His wife, Mandy, gave birth to their beautiful baby girl on Sunday.

On behalf of all of us here in the MCL Community, we congratulate Jason and Mandy. Your lives will be forever changed by this precious gift from Heaven.

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

5 Responses to “American Idol Alumnus Jason Castro Is A Dad”

  1. Rosanne,

    Thanks for posting this! I’m very happy for Jason and Mandy. How blessed they are to have their brand new baby girl!! Congratulations Jason and Mandy!
    If Vonnie hasn’t heard yet, I’m sure she’ll be quite excited! I know what a big Jason fan she is!!!!


  2. Oh my goodness, what a beautiful baby! I saw a photo with Madeline looking at the camera and she has these big beautiful eyes! Congratulations to Jason and Many!

    Vonnie should come by, Anita! Jason Castro is my favorite MALE contestant on American Idol!! I am so happy for them!


  3. I’m here guys…and I am so happy for Jason and Mandy! This little baby girl I am sure already realizes what a beautiful daddy she has, inside and out!

    Blessings to the Castro family!!!


  4. Betsy–Jason’s mom–tweeted another lovely photo of Jason and Madeline (posted by Mandy)…it’s here!


  5. Thanks for adding this picture. It is just beautiful.


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