Performance Masterclass Discussion For America’s Got Talent Season 8: Week Four


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It’s officlal. The new Tenor Trio, Forte, comprised of Fernando Varela, Josh Page and Hana Ryu, will make an appearance on the Tuesday June 25th America’s Got Talent show.

I am excited. I personally know Fernando and have known about Josh via one of my former voice students. This personal connection is something rather special for me and I wish all three gentlemen the greatest success in the world.

Both Fernando, his musicians and manger, Paul Mascioli, are currently in Lisbon, Portugal performing for the Rotary Club International.

His manger had this to say regarding Fernando’s newest venture, Forte:

“Fernando has worked hard to develop his solo career over the years and is meeting with worldwide success. In his never ending search for new challenges, he put together Forte to broaden his horizons and the results are nothing short of spectacular”

A classical vocal trio is something that America’s Got Talent has never seen on their stage before.

And, what makes them very appealing is their ability to cross over into the Pop genre. I feel reasonably assured that this will happen if they do advance past the Las Vegas rounds, but I can’t be 100% certain of this. Maybe 50%. Ha!

At any rate, in addition to Forte, expect to see some of America’s Got Talent best talent on this week’s show.

It airs Tuesday, June 25th at 9:00 PM Eastern on NBC. Are you in? Comment away then!

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 “Performance Masterclass Discussion For America’s Got Talent Season 8: Week Four”

  1. Oh! MCL…I LOVED FORTE!!! WOW!!!


  2. Weren’t they something else? I knew they would dress very casual. Trust me – they clean up nice!! Haha


  3. When I heard them sing on America’s Got Talent, I started crying. It was so beautiful. They have such wonderful voices. These are God given gifts they have been given. God Bless all three of you and success in your careers.


  4. Riz- thank you so much. God-given gifts indeed that have been wisely nurtured through the proper training and guidance.

    Your comments are much appreciated, riz!


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