MasterClass Monday:  One Voice Performed By 15 Years Of Americans Idols.

American Idol Season 15, One Voice
I was mindlessly browsing Facebook today and came across this gem. Performed as the opening number during the Finale of the American Idol Farewell Season, it brought an immediate smile to my face and a glorious warmth to my heart. 

Gracing the stage with their infectious personalities and gorgeous voices, these singers gave new purpose and meaning to  Barry Manilow’s great song, “One Voice“.  It almost seemed that the song was written for this iconic moment. 

Say what you will about this show, no one can deny that it was a trailblazer for the plethora of music – driven reality shows to follow.  And, it paved the way for a new generation of entertainers. 

So many careers were born on this show that it almost pointless to name them all. Y’all know the major players – Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Katherine McPhee, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert, David Archuleta, David Cook, Taylor Hicks, Daughtry, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia but many many more have enjoyed enormous success in various forms.  

I absolutely love these vibrant young singers.  Their entire life is there for the taking and I wish each and every one of them the very best. Always and forever.  

I hope Fox will invest in future live musical opportunities featuring these singers, thus  bringing them back into our homes. Somehow, I sense that they will. 

You can stream Barry Manilow’s One Voice on Apple Music. And, as always, your comments are always welcome. Come take a trip down memory lane and share some of your favourite American Idol memories. 

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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