A MasterClass July 4th Monday Performance By Sandi Patti Of The Star Spangled Banner 

Sandi Patti, American National AnthemHappy 4th of July to my American readers.  And, of course, I had to include one of the best versions ever of your  American Anthem on Independence Day. 

And, I must say, this is one  humongous version of the Star Spangled Banner by the one and only Sandi Patti.  Some of you may think it is a MasterClass Cheesefest. It sure pulls out all the bells and whistles and nothing is left on the table. That’s Sandi Patti for ya’! 

However, what is undeniable is Sandi Patti’s remarkable vocal and dynamic range.  She sings with pure head voice from beginning to end but – ah – the strength of that head voice!  It is extraordinary. 

The first verse of this song allows you to appreciate the ringing clarity and the  inherent beauty of Sandy Patti’s vocal timbre. Her tone is so transparent, so, SO gorgeous. 

But, in the second verse, when the orchestra swells and the choir soars along with  Sandy’s vocals , you will be  taken to another dimension entirely. Fasten your seat belts. It is quite the wild ride. 

You will have to be content with listening to the audio version  of this magnificent performance. The video portion only shows an American Flag blowing in your face. 

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


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