Jennifer Hudson And The Sandy Hook Elementary School Children At The Superbowl

This is the performance that has pre-occupied my mind all week.

On Sunday, February 3rd, Jennifer Hudson and 26 angelic children from Sandy Hook Elementary School gave a beautiful and emotionally-charged performance of America The Beautiful at the Superbowl XLVII.

Included with the choir members was young Nate Wheeler, brother of one of the victims, Ben Wheeler. How courageous of this young man and how courageous are these parents and teachers who are trying desperately to honor and give proper tribute to the precious lives lost in Newtown on December 14th, 2012.

The performance was truly special and it is a honor and a privilege to feature it on this site. Please share your thoughts and comments. Were you as moved as I?

And what more can we do as a community to help heal the shattered lives of these families? It never seems to be enough and I have never felt so helpless.

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 “Jennifer Hudson And The Sandy Hook Elementary School Children At The Superbowl”

  1. It was beautiful. Those kids are so cute and did a good job. Jennifer sang well too but was wishing she could turn around and give some of them a HUG after she finished singing. Probably too emotional. Nice tribute all the way around


  2. She may have hugged them all before the performance. It was so beautiful. My heart is broken for those kids and those families. So unfair and so unnecessary. Senseless.


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