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Performance MasterClass Discussion For America’s Got Talent Season 12: Judge Cuts Week 2 And Remembering Brandon Rogers


Picture Credit: NBC/America's Got Talent

This week, DJ Khaled joins the judges' panel and takes over the Golden Buzzer on America's Got Talent. Contestants have one last opportunity to impress the judges.

I have seen drips and drabs of the show this season but will perk up my viewing status once the live shows begin next week.

I must say I was absolutely heartbroken upon hearing about the death of AGT contestant Brandon Rogers. He died in a car accident on June 10th, sitting in the passenger seat of a car while the driver fell asleep. It is incredibly tragic because not only was he a beautiful, genuine singer, but also was a compassionate and talented medical doctor.

In case you missed it, here is video of his AGT performance. Just so beautiful. My deepest condolences to the family and friends. of this very gifted young man.

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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 12: Judge Cuts Week 2 And Remembering Brandon Rogers”

  1. Chase and Yoli ftw!!! For my money the best thing on tv is a great audition and watching someone’s dreams come true right before your very eyes. It never gets old for me.

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  2. I loved him! What a tragedy that he was killed. I appreciate your sharing Brandon with us, MCL!!

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  3. Sorry to hear about the death of Brandon Rogers. Much too young. I am enjoying AGT and the dance show, Dance World (produced by Jennifer Lopez). Can you believe – the return of American Idol? I’m not too sure of Katy Perry as a judge. Glad Ryan is returning. Any idea who else will be judging?

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  4. I am excited for an American Idol return. I admit my summer has been one crazy ride and I haven’t been following all the entertainment news. Will be good to get back to normal.

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