Rosanne Simunovic aka Masterclass Lady

Happy New Year One And All


Hello everyone!

I hope y’all had a relaxing, memorable holiday. Mine was splendid and filled with family, laughter, music, good food and just plain ‘ole fun!

But now the decorations have been carefully stored, the house is quiet, the baking is gone (thank heavens) and the laugher and pitter-patter of my grandchildren’s voices and feet respectively are a happy memory.

So what to do, what to do? Oh yes, I have a blogging site or two or three to address.

So here I am – finally – ready to roll.

And, with the New Year, we find ourselves immersed in January 2012. But, no January blues here because it is Awards Show season.

However, more important, a new season of American Idol, the raison d’être behind this and many blogging sites, is premiering this week. I don’t know about you but I think January and American Idol go together like cookies and milk.

We also have Season 2 of The Voice on the radar, as well as NBC’s new series “Smash”, featuring American Idol Season 5 Runner-Up, the very talented Katharine McPhee.

So, it is going to be a very busy few months with lots to chat about. I can’t wait to share ideas and opinions with all of you once again.

Are you excited about the return of American Idol and The Voice? How about “Smash”, The Grammys, The Golden Globes, The Oscars, The Tonys and so much more?

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

6 Responses to “Happy New Year One And All”

  1. It seems the time went by quite quickly, but we did have other reality shows to help with our withdrawal. So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Got Talent, The X-Factor, etc. I have also enjoyed watching GLEE. However, it is AMERICAN IDOL that I look forward to the most! I hope we won’t be disappointed!

    Again, Happy New Year, Rosanne! Wishing you and yours much happiness in the coming year!


  2. i do hope that Idol can rid me of the bad taste in my mouth left by x-factor. i hope i respond to idol as i always have and not have been permanently ‘damaged’ and ‘over saturated’ by x-factor. i look forward to The Voice and blake.


  3. KariAnn and Bee: Happy New Year to you as well. I really am rooting for Idol this year, hoping that the talent and format is bigger and better than ever. Plus a live band is a must.


  4. MCL . . . and all . . . I hope this is a wonderful new year for all of you, AND I hope that we will have a very entertaining season of American Idol! I’m definitely looking forward to it!!!


  5. Thanks Louise. Nice to hear from you again. And here’s to 2012!! Lots of exciting TV prospects.


  6. Speaking of “exciting TV prospects,” did you know that David Archuleta is now the male lead in a TV mini-series? It’s for a Filipino network called TV5. David is in Manila shooting it right now.


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