Jordan Sramek (tenor)

Jordan Sramek (tenor) is Founder and Artistic/Executive Director of The Rose Ensemble and enjoys an active career as a performing musician, scholar, teacher, and arts entrepreneur. Jordan studied early vocal performance and harpsichord at the College of St. Scholastica and has spent time learning from such early-music experts as Benjamin Bagby, Eric Mentzel, Dom. Daniel Saulnier, Margriet Tindemans, and Crawford Young. He is highly respected for his meticulous research of music rarely heard in the concert hall and has championed vocal repertoire from Renaissance Poland, medieval Bohemia, Baroque Malta, Sweden, Mexico and Bolivia, as well as 19th-century Hawaii.

In demand as a scholar-lecturer, Jordan has led workshops and master-classes at universities, conferences, and festivals across the U.S., and has served as international guest clinician at Festival d'Ile de France (Paris), Certamen Coral de Tolosa (Spain), The Hebrew University (Jerusalem), and St. Quirinus Cathedral, Neuss (Germany). He has also developed several award-winning educational programs for young people, including intensive workshops and week-long residencies, and he is known for his engaging presentations designed for libraries, community centers various public gatherings. Jordan’s honors include a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship for Performing Musicians; a Jerome Foundation Travel/Study Grant; and the 2010 Chorus America Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal.  Each holiday season, he can be heard on American Public Media, WFMT-Chicago, and the European Broadcasting Union, in The Rose Ensemble's international radio broadcast.

Bethany Battafarano (soprano)

Bethany Battafarano (soprano) is excited to be part of The Rose Ensemble. She was drawn to the ensemble by the clear intellectual and musical engagement of its musicians, its spirit of warm and genuine artistry, and its commitment to delivering music into the heart of its community. Bethany has been a contracted singer with The Singers MCA, MN Chorale, Cathedral of St. Paul, and Apollo Master Chorale, and has appeared with Oratory, Elm Ensemble, and First Readings Project. Aside from her work in singing, Bethany takes an avid interest in ethnomusicology, cultural literacy, and mental health, and currently has the pleasure of working with children who have autism. 2016-2017 Programs: JerusalemA Renaissance Requiem, A Rose in Winter, Musique et Masqueray

Natalie Campbell (soprano)

Natalie Campbell (soprano) is delighted to be a part of The Rose Ensemble this season. She currently resides in Sioux Falls, SD, where she teaches voice at Augustana University and the University of Sioux Falls. Recent solo performances include Vivaldi’s Gloria, Fauré’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, as well as the role of Adina in Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love. Natalie has performed with several ensembles, including Cantare Houston, Mercury Baroque, and the South Dakota Chorale, where she can be heard as a soloist on two of their recordings released on the Pentatone label. Natalie holds a B.M. from Houghton College in New York, and an M.M. in voice from the University of South Dakota. 2016-2017 Programs: A Renaissance Requiem, Musique et Masqueray

Anna Christofaro (soprano)

Anna Christofaro (soprano) has been praised for her vocal agility, natural stage presence and versatility in a wide variety of repertoire.  She recently appeared as the soprano soloist in Benjamin Britten's Return of the Lamb, Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610,  Handel's Messiah, Vivaldi's Gloria, Charpentier's Te Deum and Bach's Cantata BWV 51, "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen."  In addition to The Rose Ensemble, Anna also performs with the Grammy-award winning vocal ensemble Conspirare, Vox Humana (Dallas), Oratory Bach (Minneapolis), Consortium Carissimi (St. Paul), South Dakota Chorale, Minnesota Chorale and the Weimar Bach Academy. Anna holds a Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor of Music degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. During her studies she performed with the Univ. of North Texas A Cappella Choir and Collegium Singers as well as toured with the St. Olaf Choir. She currently resides in Minneapolis, MN. 2016-2017 Programs: Jerusalem

Julianna Emanski (soprano)

Juilanna Emanski (soprano) "Simply gorgeous" (Music Web International), "absolutely exquisite" (Musical Mayhem 2015), and “soaring ecstatically” (Music Web International) with her “light and delicate vibrato” (San Francisco Classical Voice) all describe the sophisticated and expressive singing that soprano Julianna Emanski brings to the concert stage. Ms. Emanski appears on the world premiere recording of Sances’ Missa Sancta Maria Magdalenae in collaboration with the Duke Vespers Ensemble, Mallarmé Chamber Players, and Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble, conducted by Brian A. Schmidt (CD release: August 2016).  She will also appear as a soloist on the premiere recording of the South Dakota Chorale The Tyberg Project: two lost Masses by Marcel Tyberg, a composer tragically killed at Auschwitz during the Holocaust. (CD release: October 2016).  Engagements in 2016 include the title role in the U.S. premiere of Reinhard Keiser's Pomona at Amherst Early Music Festival, a performance of Handel opera arias with Austin Baroque Orchestra, and her debut with the Rose Ensemble this winter. Ms. Emanski is the co-founder and former artistic director of Seattle-based ensemble Queen City Musicians and is currently working towards a Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of North Texas. 2016-2017 Programs: A Renaissance Requiem, A Rose in Winter

Chelsie Propst (soprano)

Chelsie Propst (soprano) is a performer, lecturer, and voice teacher in the Madison area.  She is a member of Madison-based ensembles Eliza's Toyes and the Madison Choral Project, as well as Haring Voices, a project of Milwaukee's Present Music.  Chelsie has performed with the Madison Bach Musicians, the Madison Early Music Festival, Clocks in Motion, Sound out Loud, the Isthmus Chamber Ensemble, and the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble. She has recently appeared as Julie Schumann in the new opera, Clara, L'Amour in Rameau's Pygmalion, Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Belinda in Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas.  Her primary performance interests are early music and 20th-century American vocal music. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Historical Musicology at UW-Madison. 2016-2017 Programs: A Rose in Winter, Musique et Masqueray

Lizz Windnagel (soprano)

Lizz Windnagel (soprano) is thrilled to be part of the Rose Ensemble in 2015. Lizz values herself as a highly collaborative creator and loves to see how music can interact with other artforms. She is a company member with Mixed Precipitation which performs the Picnic Operetta. She has also devised and performed music for Open Eye Figure Theatre, Heart of the Beast Theater, and Theatre Forever’s “The Nature Crown” at the Guthrie Dowling Studio. Her most treasured accomplishment so far was a baroque shadow puppet show she directed for Open Eye’s “Platform Series.” She also enjoys teaching and performing with artists with disabilities at Interact Center for the Performing Arts. She has appeared with the Apollo Master Chorale and was a Section leader at the Cathedral of St. Paul. Lizz has degrees in music and English Literature from the University of Minnesota. 2016-2017 Programs: Jerusalem, American Roots

Alyssa Anderson (mezzo-soprano)

Alyssa Anderson (mezzo-soprano) is in her second season with The Rose Ensemble and is excited to continue exploring the beautiful music that can only be made with other voices. She received her B.M. in performance from the State University of New York, College at Fredonia, and her M.M. and D.M.A. from the University of Minnesota. She has appeared as a soloist with numerous ensembles in the Twin Cities, including Zeitgeist, Metamorphosis Opera Theater, Minnesota Bach Ensemble, and the Oratorio Society of Minnesota, and is a founding member of the experimental chamber group, RenegadeEnsemble. As the Artistic Director and vocalist of The Dream Songs Project, a classical voice and guitar duo based in Minneapolis, Alyssa has commissioned seven major works for the ensemble and premiered many other pieces by local and national composers. Henry Cowell is her favorite composer and she will talk to you for hours about his life and music, if you let her. 2016-2017 Programs: Jerusalem, Land of Three Faiths, A Renaissance Requiem, A Rose in Winter, American Roots, Musique et Masqueray

Natalie Nowytski (alto)

Natalie Nowytski (alto) is a classically trained village singer, composer, multi-faceted performer, and educator specializing in traditional Eastern European vocal styling. Her Ukrainian roots and repertoire spanning more than 50 languages and numerous vocal styles came in handy when The Rose Ensemble hired her long ago as a coach for Slavic Wonders. A relative newcomer to Early Music, she is thrilled to sing with Rose and challenge her musicianship further. Natalie has studied and performed with folk luminaries across the US, Bulgaria, France, Czech Republic, and Serbia, and has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion. Natalie has received awards from the McKnight Foundation, Jerome Foundation, American Composers Forum, SAGE, and Minnesota State Arts Board. Performing as a musician, actor, and dancer, Natalie is also a member of Orkestar Bez Ime, Traki, and Flying Foot Forum. When she's not making or teaching music, she’s designing graphics under the moniker Renaissance Jane. 2016-2017 Programs: Jerusalem, Land of Three Faiths, American Roots

Clara Osowski (mezzo-soprano)

Clara Osowski (mezzo-soprano) is excited to join the Rose Ensemble and is looking forward to performing new repertoire for the local arts community. She graduated from North Dakota State University with her B.Mus. in voice, and received her Masters from the University of Iowa.  Active as a recitalist, she recently completed the Vancouver International Song Institute, Académie Francis Poulenc, Baldwin-Wallace Art Song Festival, and was recently the only American finalist in Thomas Quasthoff’s Das Lied competition in Berlin. Clara is an Adjunct Faculty of Voice at the University of Minnesota-Morris, and is the Associate Artistic Director of Source Song Festival, the Twin Cities' new festival devoted to art song composers, performers, and enthusiasts. For more information visit www.claraosowski.com. 2016-2017 Programs: Jerusalem, A Renaissance Requiem, A Rose in Winter, American Roots, Musique et Masqueray

Andrew Rader (countertenor)

Andrew Rader (countertenor) has performed throughout the Americas and Europe. Specifically, he has been involved in numerous solo and chamber performances with The Rose Ensemble, Music City Baroque, Bourbon Baroque, and Magnificat Baroque, performing at the Boston, Chicago, Madison, Bloomington and Berkeley Early Music Festivals during recent seasons.Solo engagements include the countertenor cover in Adams’ The Gospel According to the Other Mary, St. John Passion, Come, Ye Sons of Art, Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria and, Schütz’ Weihnachshistorie, and numerous Bach cantatas. Competition successes included Second Prize in the 2015 Nicholas Loren Vocal Competition, Second Prize in the 2015 Handel Aria Competition of the Madison Early Music Festival, Third Prize in the 2011 Gianni Bergamo Classic Music Award, and Third Prize 2014 Orpheus National Vocal Competition. 2016-2017 Programs: A Renaissance Requiem, Musique et Masqueray

Timothy J. Campbell (tenor)

Timothy J. Campbell (tenor) is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of South Dakota where he conducts the Concert Choir, Men's and Women's Chorus, and teaches courses in choral literature, applied voice, and music theory. He previously served on the faculty of West Virginia University as Interim Director of Choral Activities, and has also served as associate director for Men's Consort Houston, and the CORO Vocal Artists. As a singer, Timothy has performed with numerous professional ensembles around the country, including Conspirare, VocalEssence, The Singers, Tucson Chamber Artists, Houston Chamber Choir, Cantare Houston, and the South Dakota Chorale. Timothy holds degrees from the University of Arizona (D.M.A.), the University of Minnesota (M.M.), and Bemidji State University (B.S.). 2016-2017 Programs: A Renaissance Requiem, Musique et Masqueray

Matthew Dean (tenor)

Matthew Dean (tenor) anchors Midwest vocal chamber projects and performs nationally as an oratorio soloist. He has served as artist in residence at Chicago’s Rockefeller Chapel since 2005, where the Tribune’s John von Rhein praised his “firm vocalism, beautiful timbre, and stirring declaration.” Matt draws on his academic background in medieval art in developing programs with the Schola Antiqua, The Newberry Consort, and The Rose Ensemble. He originated the tenor roles in James Kallembach’s St. John Passion, and his voice is also featured on recordings for Naxos, Discantus, and Permelia. A founding member of Golosá Russian Choir, he has chased folksongs and friends around southern Siberia. An arts management leader, Matt heads the Sounds of Faith initiative for Harran Productions Foundation and co-directs The Rookery men's choir. 2016-2017 Programs: Land of Three Faiths

Garrett Eucker (tenor)

Garrett Eucker (tenor)  hails from Bergen County, New Jersey, where he grew up singing in choirs and as a cantor at many churches from age 12. After eight years of singing at the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus as a boy soprano and performing in four principal roles, he fell in love with classical music and received a BFA in Vocal Performance from Carnegie Mellon University this past spring. Garrett is a founding member of a 5-voice ensemble, Ping, dedicated to performances of early and new music. They have collaborated with Chatham Baroque, opened for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Orion String Quartet, and appeared as resident artists at numerous music festivals. Recent roles include Cecco in Haydn’s “Il mondo della luna”, Linfea in Francesco Cavalli’s “La Calisto”. 2016-2017 Programs: Jerusalem, A Renaissance Requiem, A Rose in Winter, American Roots, Musique et Masqueray

 

Bradley King (tenor)

Bradley King (tenor) has been praised by reviewers and audiences for his “profound baroque style”. Holding degrees in voice and conducting from the University of North Texas and DePauw University, he has distinguished himself as a singer of singular versatility and intellect. On the stage, Bradley has performed many diverse roles, such as Anthony from "Sweeney Todd", and Colin from "Le Devin du Village". The singer has also regularly been chosen to participate in prestigious summer festivals and programs, such as Fall Island Vocal Seminar, Boston Early Music Festival Young Artist Program, and Lied Austria.  Hailing from Media, Pennsylvania, Mr. King has won numerous awards and competitions including the Fritz Lockeman Award, NATS State and Regional Auditions, and Tier II of the 2015 James Toland Vocal Arts Competition. 2016-2017 Programs: Jerusalem, A Renaissance Requiem, A Rose in Winter, Musique et Masqueray

Mark Dietrich (bass)

Mark Dietrich (bass) is a founding member of The Rose Ensemble. He considers the opportunity to make music at this level a rare gift and often a spiritual experience. He also enjoys traveling with The Rose, encountering new cultures, and making friends all over the world. Mark has performed with many local arts organizations including Dare to Breathe, 15 Head, VocalEssence, The Dale Warland Singers, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Theater de la Jeune Lune. He recently appeared as the basso profundo soloist in the Rautavaara “Vigilia” with the Winnipeg Soloist Choir under Elroy Friesen. Mark holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in vocal performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  Together with Kim Sueoka, he runs the April Fool Bakery, delivering freshly baked goods to individuals, businesses and organizations throughout the Twin Cities. He enjoys spending what little spare time he has with his lovely wife Jennifer and an impressive assortment of animals. 2016-2017 Programs: Jerusalem, Land of Three Faiths, A Renaissance Requiem, A Rose in Winter, American Roots, Musique et Masqueray

Jake Endres (baritone)

Jake Endres (baritone) joined The Rose Ensemble in 2014, attracted by the outstanding quality of both the repertoire and the performances. Based in St. Paul, Jake has worked extensively as a freelance singer, actor, music director, composer, director and producer. He will be familiar to many through his appearances with regional groups such as The Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Schubert Club, Children’s Theatre Company, History Theatre, Park Square Theatre, Metropolitan Symphony, Flying Foot Forum/Guthrie Theater, Twin Cities Early Music Festival, Skylark Opera, Mu Performing Arts, Frank Theatre, and Nautilus Music-Theater. Jake has earned degrees from St. Olaf College and the University of Iowa. He is the proud papa of two of the world’s sweetest daughters, Annabelle and Gavia. 2016-2017 Programs: Land of Three Faiths, A Renaissance Reqiuem, A Rose in Winter, American Roots, Musique et Masqueray

David Burk (multi-instrumentalist)

David Burk (multi-instrumentalist), long fascinated by the endless palette of sounds found throughout the world, plays a variety of stringed-instruments employed in Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Latin, African, Carribean, and American musical traditions.Performing with The Rose Ensemble since 2005, David describes it as a joy because it enables him to breathe life into music that has been overlooked or even forgotten and to  illuminate connections  with other periods and cultures.His other performing credits include the Georges Lammam Arabic Orchestra, Voices of Sepharad, Persian singer Sattar, traditional Persian group Robayat, Ethnic Dance Theatre, Intergalactic Contemporary Ensemble, Lau Hawaiian Collective, Silver Swan Chamber Ensemble and many others.David holds a degree in International Relations from the University of Minnesota and has studied privately with Arabic master musicians Simon Shaheen and Bassam Saba. When not involved in various musical pursuits, David enjoys roller-blading, biking, hiking, learning about alternative energy systems, and contemplating "the Big Questions". 2016-2017 Programs: Jerusalem, Land of Three Faiths, American Roots

Ginna Watson (vielle, rebec, and harp)

Ginna Watson (vielle, rebec, harp) is a Minneapolis-based violinist and early music specialist. She performs with the The Rose Ensemble and the Lyra Baroque Orchestra, as well as with many of the early music productions in the Twin Cities.  She has appeared in numerous early music series throughout the United States, as well as the Boston, Indianapolis, and San Antonio early music festivals. Internationally, Ginna has performed in the Tage Alte Musik early music festival in Regensburg, Germany, and the Los Siglos de Oro early music series in Madrid, Spain, as well as festivals in Italy and France.  Ginna is the violin instructor at Hamline University in St. Paul. She also frequently gives master classes on medieval and baroque performance practice in the Twin Cities and throughout the country, including Houston Baptist University, Colorado State University, Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity in Los Angeles. 2016-2017 Programs: Land of Three Faiths, A Rose in Winter,  Musique et Masqueray

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 7:00pm Jerusalem: Treasures from the Holy Land
Marshall, MN | Buy Tickets
Friday, September 30, 2016 - 7:00pm Jerusalem: Treasures from the Holy Land
Rochester, MN | Buy Tickets
Friday, October 28, 2016 - 7:30pm ON TOUR: Land of Three Faiths
Clinton, NY
Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 2:00pm ON TOUR: Land of Three Faiths
Kalamazoo, MI
Friday, November 4, 2016 - 8:00pm A Renaissance Requiem
St. Paul, MN | Buy Tickets
Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 8:00pm A Renaissance Requiem
Minneapolis, MN | Buy Tickets
Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 7:00pm A Renaissance Requiem
La Crosse, WI | Buy Tickets
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 7:30pm ON TOUR: A Rose in Winter
Burlington, VT