Happy Independence Day To My American Readers Courtesy Of Beyonce

Happy Independence Day to all! Wish I could be there to celebrate this momentous day but I am still recovering from all the Canada Day celebrations in my fair country. 🙂

I am pleased to present Beyonce’s phenomenal performance of The Star Spangled Banner. It is absolutely exceptional.

It was performed live at the Super Bowl in 2004. Boy, can this lady sing! And the charisma she possesses is undeniable.

I love how she escalates certain sections of the original melodic line via a broken chord pattern. It is so well done, very clean and precise.


In fact, her entire performance sounds so confident and free – just a pleasure to behold!

And, speaking of “free“, I loved the second note she added to that word as she sustained it. Beautiful, translucent head voice! Ah – she steals my heart! I am a “head voice fanatic.“.

Enjoy the video located above this article and here’s to an exciting, fun-filled, celebratory Independence Day.

Please feel free to share your favorite moments today or add your favorite versions of the Star Spangled Banner in the comments section.

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

2 Responses to “Happy Independence Day To My American Readers Courtesy Of Beyonce”

  1. Hi Rosanne.

    Been at the park since early this morning enjoying the holiday and this hot hot sun here.

    Came in to check my mail and got your holiday wishes to us and that very very beautiful holiday gift you posted for us!!

    OMG!! That was a amazing!! Its very very rare that a singers voice alone makes me cry but by the 2nd phrase that she sang …. I was ALL THE WAY there!! (Thats just not me) Incredible!! I have heard many singers sing our anthem that did great jobs on it … but for me … for me …this … was the best I’ve ever heard anyone sing it (and I’m not a big Beyonce fan”) !! As soon as I heard it I sent it out to my friends.

    Thanks so much again for that little holiday treat.

    Talk to you soon


  2. Hi there BrotherKarl.

    And a Happy Independence Day to you and yours!!! Glad you liked the video. I really scoured YouTube until I found one that was just right for you!! Haha. I love Beyonce but also I just felt that she performed this rendition brilliantly. Like a star! Bit genuine as well!

    Sounds like you had a terrific day. It isn’t over yet!! Lots on the telly tonight so kick up your feet and enjoy all the televised celebrations.

    And thanks for stopping by!! 🙂


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