Sounds Of David Gala Event Held In Los Angeles

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An exciting gala event in honor of American Idol Season 7 Runner-Up, David Archuleta, was held on Saturday, April 6th at the Newport Beach Marriott Bayview in Los Angeles, California.

Organized and hosted by the extremely talented author, Pamela Pike, this event took months and months of planning.

As many of you already know, David is away for two years on a Mormon mission and this event was held in part to celebrate the one-year-milestone of his mission as well as to raise money and increased awareness for David’s favorite charities, the Children’s Miracle Network and Child-fund.

I was graciously invited by event coordinator, Pamela Pike to be a special guest speaker for this occasion.

Unfortunately, I live in Northern Ontario Canada – Timmins – and the distance, coupled by my personal schedule, made this an impossible journey for me.

But, oh how I wish I could be there. I am such an enormous fan of David Archuleta and, through his wonderful and supportive fan base, have come to appreciate and applaud every facet of his musical and personal life. He is a very, very special young man, always working so hard to bring an stellar and inspiring musical style and message to his listeners.

I did, however, send a video message which was played yesterday at the luncheon. Additionally, his vocal coach, Dean Kaelin sent a video message as well, detailing the process of recording his BEGIN CD. He mentioned that the vocals were recorded first. Interesting!

Many artists were invited to perform including David’s coaches on American Idol, vocalist Dorian Holley and pianist Michael Orland.

I have included a video of their performance of “My Funny Valentine” at the end of this blog topic.

I would like to thank FansOfDavid Facebook page for providing me with live updates of yesterday’s event, as well as pictures and videos for use in this article. You guys are the best!!

I will update this topic as new details come in. And, hey there David Fans, please add your thoughts and memories of this event in the comments section. Make it come alive for all of us, especially me!

Enjoy the video of Michael and Dorian!

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 “Sounds Of David Gala Event Held In Los Angeles”

  1. It sounds like a nice event; however, I will be more excited when a “Coming Home” reception is being planned. It seems I remember Michael Orland enjoyed working with David. There may have been problems with David’s Dad, though. Anyways, it is good that his fans want to keep David current!

    How nice that you were invited, Rosanne!


  2. I would have loved to be at that event. From facebook and twitter, I can see that Pamela Pike did a wonderful job of planning this event. Everyone had a great time. I am anxiously awaiting some more details. Would love to see your video that was viewed at the event.


  3. I would have loved to have been there myself! Maybe when David returns – he’ll tour over here in Europe and all his pipe piper little mice fans will follow!


  4. So very happy for all those who were able to attend this wonderful event. It’s obvious from all the pics & video shared that is was a huge success ~enjoyed by all those who appreciate David for his tremendous talent and the giving/caring person he is. Thank you to Master Class Lady, Rosanne, for sharing your thoughts.


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