Rosanne Simuovic aka Masterclass Lady

Merry Christmas To The Wonderful People Who Make Up The MCL Community


Update: Christmas 2012: This article was originally published last Christmas but I thought I would republish it with the comments in tact so we can relive the memories from year to year. May the blessings of the Christmas season be with all of you.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a safe and happy Holiday Season. It has been such a pleasure to share this blog with you.

I hope all of you realize how important you are to the success of this blogging site. I love reading your comments – they alway make me smile.

But, more important, I have come to realize that you are an intelligent, very caring and most loyal group of individuals.

It is comforting to know that you value high quality and innovative music as much as I do.

May the blessings and spirit of Christmas be with you and yours 365 days a year.

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

18 Responses to “Merry Christmas To The Wonderful People Who Make Up The MCL Community”

  1. Merry Christmas to you! It’s a true pleasure to read your blog. I learn so much!! May 2012 be a happy, healthy and prosperous year for you and your family.


  2. I hope you had a very blessed Christmas, Rosanne! You do such a marvelous job on your site, and that’s why I keep visiting. I really appreciate you! God Bless you, Rosanne!!!


  3. I hope you had a beautiful Christmas celebration with your family! I appreciate the work you do on your blog. I could never do it. I think I was one of the earlier particpants and look how much your blog has grown and changed! Thank you so much for your insight and knowledge, Rosanne!

    I do have a question about your Christmas Card… do any of the snowmen/snowgirl represent your Grandchildren? I was trying to remember how many little ones you have in your life? The little one with the candy cane looks just like my littlest sweetie.



  4. MCL,

    Merry Christmas and a wonderfully happy New Year…Thank you for all that you do for us, I greatly appreciate this site and all who post here, and you for giving us this platform!!!




  5. Happy holidays MCL!


  6. No need to answer, Roseanne! LOL! That was a personal question!

    Pretty soon, it will be that time of the year again! Is everyone ready? I know I am! I hope Nigel has a great group of contestants for Season 11!


  7. Bring on Idol…!!! 🙂


  8. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a most blessed New Year!!! Thank you for all that you do for us!!!


  9. Merry Christmas to you, MCL, and to all of your readers! My wish for all of you is good health through the coming year! I hope you all have a wonderful day spent with family and friends.


  10. And the very same to you too, Louise! Enjoy the blessings and spirit of the season and have a very Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year!!


  11. “It is comforting to know that you value high quality and innovative music as much as I do.” It’s a pleasure sharing sharing the same ideology with you! Merry Christmas to you and yours. May all the blessing of this holiday find their way to you <3.


  12. Yes Janey, we are all gathered here because we value high quality music above all else. And music with a moral center. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones. Blessings in the years ahead.


  13. Oh my goodness, where did that year go? Our wish is for better health. My husband has spent way too much time in the hospital these past two years.

    Rosanne, I still see the four little snowmen (girls?) and you have four little ones, right! LOL! Life is never the same once they arrive. Hopefully one or two will have the desire to sing. 🙂 I have a Preschool Diva over here that loves to perform.

    Wishing all of you the very best in the coming year! There are wonderful people who come here, and may they continue to do so! Have a healthy and safe New Years celebration!


  14. Kariann. – I hope your husband had a healthy Christmas. This has been a difficult year for you. Thank heavens for grandchildren – they bring so much joy and unconditional love into our lives, don’t they?

    Yes, those four snowmen in the picture accompanying this article certainly reflect the number of grandchildren in my life – except I have two granddaughters and two grandsons. But, it is cute nonetheless. Thank you for pointing this out.

    I wish you peace, love, happiness and good health in the years ahead!! Love MCL.


  15. Thank you so much for such kind wishes, Rosanne! My crew is also 2 girls/2 boys but they are spred farther apart in age, I don’t post photos on Facebook. We are hoping my Sweetie stays out of hospital this year!

    Wishing all our friends happiness and good health for the coming year! Let the show begin! ~*~*~*~*~HAPPY NEW YEAR~*~*~*~* Love, Kariann


  16. Yes, Kariann, I don’t blame you for not posting photos. I sneak one in here and there and I know I shouldn’t. I may have to stop. I had done so but then started once again. FB has major privacy issues.


  17. And Happy New Year to you too. Hope your sweetie has a well-deserved reprieve this year and for many to follow from hospital visits. Not fun. XO


  18. Here is a link to a very talented young man from my area . . . he’s an excellent guitar player for only being 15 years old. He also writes some of his own music. Let me know what you think . . . I think his voice is still a little weak because of his age, but he is a wonderful musician.!/ajayshughartmusic/app_2405167945


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