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Through Our Eyes By Pamela Pike

Through Our Eyes Offers A Resounding Perspective On The David Archuleta Phenomenon


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I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed author Pamela Pike’s book about the enormously talented David Archuleta.

This wonderful book, which includes detailed interviews with fans and musicians alike, perfectly summarizes why David Archuleta has continued to be an unstoppable force since his outstanding journey on American Idol three seasons ago.

His talent is uniquely special. David sings from his heart and has only the utmost respect for his music. And this respect carries over to his fans, his musical peers and extraordinary mentors.

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I had an opportunity to meet David when he was touring with the Top Ten from American Idol Season Seven. I can’t remember when I have had the privilege to speak with such a mature, thoughtful, caring and genuine human being.

And then, there is his voice. That singular, passionate voice! It is one of those special instruments that moves, inspires and remains with you long after the performance is over.

In her book, Pamela Pike made absolutely certain that no stone was left unturned. She has provided the reader with incredible insight into the relationships David has established with his fans and mentors.

Also, because of my Vocal Masterclass articles for American Idol on the MasterclassLady.Com site, I was given the privilege to add my personal insights about David’s outstanding vocal talent in this book.

It is an absolutely heartwarming journalistic achievement and one that I highly recommend.

Through her detailed interviews, Pamela Pike has perfectly captured David Archuleta’s essence and, more important, his singular talent to achieve excellence every step of the way.

Purchase Through Our Eyes: A Fan’s Perspective on Artist David Archuleta At Barnes And Noble

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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

8 Responses to “Through Our Eyes Offers A Resounding Perspective On The David Archuleta Phenomenon”

  1. Read the book and as always enjoyed your perspective Masterclass lady. I’m so thankful for David, his music, his personna, and those of you who write about him so well. I had the privilege of seeing/hearing David with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir this past December. It was thrilling beyond belief. Looking forward to your review of Glad Christmas Tidings! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  2. Thank you Masterclass lady for always giving David his due. I love reading your reviews on David and others. You get David. There are many very talented people out there, but David has something extra that I see in few others.

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  3. You are most welcome. This review was long overdue but I finally found time to do justice to this excellent book. David holds such a special place in my heart. Congratulations to Pamela Pike for this wonderful collection of interviews. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  4. Thank you for this MCL – once in a lifetime talent but not loved just for that. As Edith said in this youtube paraphrazed: “I love not only your voice but your person.

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  5. Thank you, Rosanne for reviewing Pamela Pike’s book. I’ve read it, and enjoyed it very much. David is surely a treasure in every sense of the word!! I’m excited about the Pandora skating special David is performing in on NBC today!

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  6. Roseanne, this is just so cool! I remember your writing about him. Remember me saying David should take dance lessons because one day he’ll be big on Broadway. First he’s making albums and doing a beautiful job, especially his Christmas album! Thank you for sharing!

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  7. You are most welcome, Kariann it is a great book and I feel fortunate to have been asked to participate.

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