Vocal Masterclass Discussion Thread For American Idol Season 11: The Houston Texas Auditions


Tonight, American Idol continues its journey while highlighting the talent discovered at the Houston, Texas auditions.

I thought last evening’s show in Aspen showed some very promising talent.

There were a couple of guys with resounding baritone voices and, of course, Hippie Girl Haley was just tremendous. What a surprise!

And she is different and quirky in every good way, so I trust she will venture far in this competition.

So nothing more needs to be said – let the show begin in!

What do you think of the season thus far? Let us in on your favorites in the comments sections.

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 “Vocal Masterclass Discussion Thread For American Idol Season 11: The Houston Texas Auditions”

  1. Cheyenne James sounded better to me than Linda Williams, but AI made a point to show us that the former didn’t make it while the latter did. It’s off-putting. I’d like to believe that the best get the chance to move forward. I didn’t think it was a matter of taste in music, because I like Alicia Keyes, so the style should not bother me at all. I actually feel a bit bad for Linda, because she felt she did well and that JLo was mistaken in her judgement of that performance. Can it really be just a matter of taste?


  2. No, I feel it is game playing by the producers. Cheyenne had a good voice and they were playing their little act. I remember Baylie from Season 6. She will probably make TOP 12. Country music seems very popular on Idol. I have not been impressed with the past few auditions. Idol has loss its zip. I notice very few minorities are going through.

    I hope the judges will do a better job when the live shows begin. Randy should be more informative with his comments. Jennifer is doing a good job. Steven is being Steven. I hope he can contribute more. I have been looking for Jessica Sanchez but they just showed her making it. It will be good to see, “The Best of the Rest.”

    Once we get to the TOP 42, it will be easier to pick out a favorite.


  3. Did any of you see the news today about X-factor? Nicole is out, Steve is out, and possibly Paula is out too.


  4. Yes, I did see that. Hope to blog about it if time permits. Thanks Louise.


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