Doug Emhoff, Vice President Elect Kamala Harris, President-elect Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden on November 7, 2020. JIM LO SCALZO/EPA-EFE/ShutterstockIt looks like we have another inspirational, trendsetting woman on her way to the White House — and we aren’t event talking about Kamala Harris, who also happens to have killer style.Dr. Jill Biden stunned in a midnight blue Oscar de la Renta dress as she joined President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Harris on stage in Wilmington, Delaware, on Saturday, November 7. Just a few hours following the appearance, the $5,690 frock sold out.- Advertisement – The former second lady of the United States wasn’t the only one to bring her style A-game. Harris also made a splash in an all-white pantsuit reportedly created by American fashion designer Wes Gordon for Carolina Herrera. According to CNN, this was a “very deliberate choice of outfit was a gesture of solidarity with the long line of women who have defied expectations in American politics.” After all, this monochrome coloring has long been linked to the suffragette movement and was notably also worn by Hillary Clinton when accepting the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.Listen on Spotify to Get Tressed With Us to get the details of every hair love affair in Hollywood, from the hits and misses on the red carpet to your favorite celebrities’ street style ‘dos (and don’ts!)- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The 69-year-old educator paired the asymmetrical, floral print dress with pink heels and a black protective face mask. Though the piece was a pricey pick, The Outnet sold the design for a reduced price of $1,707 before selling out.The design house shared a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the number in a tweet on Monday, November 9. “Hope springs eternal. A look at incoming First Lady Dr. Jill Biden’s dress, which features house-signature asymmetric drapery and spirited floral vine embroidery.” In the image, co-creative director Fernando J Garcia and “in-house modiste” Luis are seen prepping the fit on a mannequin.This choice in designer has a long history in the White House. Not only did de la Renta dress first ladies like Jackie Kennedy, Michelle Obama and Laura Bush, but according to Vanity Fair, he was also the designer of choice for Nancy Reagan and Hillary Clinton.- Advertisement –
Vanacore, as mentioned earlier, is a top-rated television composer and the man behind the music for such successful shows as “Survivor,” “The Apprentice,” “Joe Millionaire,” “Nanny 911,” “Big Brother,” “The Contender” and “American Chopper.” In fact, Vanacore has been dubbed by television music insiders as “The King of Reality” and he humbly accepts his role in creating this new genre of music. Neumann has traveled the world singing for big bands, presidents (inaugurals for Presidents Reagan and Nixon), the Governor’s Ball at the Emmy Awards, at Disneyland and for movies and television shows. She recorded and released a CD of her own titled, “This is My Lucky Day.” Indeed, that is what Neumann was thinking when she got word Vanacore’s recording of the Blessed Kateri Children’s Choir was the one chosen for the new show. The “Are you Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” song can be heard throughout the broadcast, (look for the credits at the end of the show) and has even received some air time on the radio. Eleven-year-old choir singer Sidney Haefs, a fifth-grader at Mountainview Elementary, was thrilled with the experience and says she wants to pursue singing as a career. “I think we all did a good job, and we thank David and Madeline for the opportunity,” Sidney said. It must be noted here, that while only nine of Neumann’s choir students perform the theme song, the choir, in its entirety performs at many outside events, such as the Westfield Mall, Lombardi Ranch, and the Saugus High School Christmas Boutique. In addition to Haefs, other choir members who recorded the song include, Reilly Anspaugh, Hahna Brubaker, Giulia Faretta, Carley and Krista Fredrickson, Korinna Gee, Angie Meza and Emily Vanacore. The choir’s achievement is particularly meaningful, because it coincides with the commencement of construction on a new 1,000-seat church. Up to now, Mass has been held in a 10-year-old multipurpose room, and the choir has had to rehearse and perform in less than optimum conditions. When the producers of Fox Television’s breakout hit “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” went about casting voices for the show’s theme song, did they choose a) members of the Vienna Boys Choir b) children from the Blessed Kateri Tekawitha Children’s Choir in Santa Clarita or c) Hollywood cartoon voice-over actors who specialize in children’s voices. If you selected b, you may be smarter than a fifth-grader! Here’s what happened. Blessed Kateri’s choir accompanist, David Vanacore, a musician whose repertoire includes a number of television shows, came up with a catchy tune he felt would capture the fun and spirit of a fifth-grader. Step two. He asked longtime cohort and parish choir director, Madeline Vergari Neumann, to help him record the composition. To that end, Neumann gathered up three sixth-graders, five fifth-graders and one fourth-grader for the task. The nine students gathered and sang like songbirds at Vanacore’s recording studio, and three hours later, Vanacore was ready to submit his demo. But he still had to wait a couple of weeks to see if his rendition was chosen, because other composers had submitted music and lyrics as well. Says Neumann, “I told the kids no matter what happens, this is a great experience for them to be in a recording studio and this is something you will always remember. We never thought they would pick us, but they did!” Both Vanacore and Neumann are accomplished musical professionals who give generously of their talents by providing the liturgical accompaniment for the Sunday 9 a.m. Mass. Nevertheless, “It has been so rewarding for me to work with all the children that have come through the choirs in the past eight years,” Neumann said. Adding, “I remember when I was their age, a choir director had such an influence on me that I knew that music and singing was going to be my profession for life. After recording two CDs with our choirs, `Christmas Time Is Here’ and `Walking By Faith,’ and personal appearances with the kids and now this TV show, it has been a wonderful experience that these kids will never forget, whether they decide to make music their life or not. I have had so many talented kids in my choir over the years, that it will be interesting to see what each of them do in their lives.” She also praised Vanacore. “Working with David has been such a pleasure that I feel lucky that he ended up at Blessed Kateri Church. There is such a musical connection that I feel blessed. I also appreciate all the freedom I have been given by the church to create a music program that can grow for you years to come. God has been looking down on us!” Vanacore shares Neumann’s sentiments. “Having this show be such a big success for me is sharing it with the kids in the choir and with Madeline. The theme has been submitted for an Emmy, so keep your fingers crossed…and say your prayers.” And come what may, these talented choir members will never forget the following verse: Are you smarter than a fifth-grader? `Cuz there’s gonna be a test later. Teacher, teacher, now we’re back in school. Are you smarter than you used to be? Are you smarter than a fifth grader? Grab a pencil and a piece of paper. Teacher, teacher, now we’re back in school. Are you smart enough for the fifth grade? Madeline Vergari Neumann is the choir director at Blessed Kateri Takewitha Catholic Church in Valencia. She posted this story May 1 on the Santa Clarita hub on valleynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!