The Rose Ensemble

Jordan Sramek (tenor)

Jordan Sramek (tenor) is Founder/Artistic Director of The Rose Ensemble (Saint Paul, Minnesota), 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, Bohemia and Sweden, as well as Baroque Mexico and 19th-century Hawaii. Now in frequent demand as performer and clinician, Jordan has led musical workshops and master-classes at universities and festivals across the U.S., and with The Rose Ensemble he has developed several award-winning educational programs for young people. 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.

Kathy Lee (soprano)

Kathy Lee (soprano) is a founding member of The Rose Ensemble.  She appreciates the musical challenges it offers her as a performer, as well as the opportunities to connect deeply with others and make a difference in their lives through music. Kathy has performed with the Gregorian Singers and Dare to Breathe, and appeared as a guest artist with the Oratorio Society, Lyra, and the Minnesota Orchestra (where she performed Amahl in ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’).  She holds a B.A. from Bethel College. Kathy is a cantor and soloist at the Church of St. Louis, King of France and has been on the staff of the St. Paul Conservatory of Music since 2009, leading a delightful children's choir and teaching beginning music theory. Kathy has a passion for encouraging musical literacy in young children. She says you haven't lived until you've jumped around from note to note on a giant musical staff with a bunch of giggling kids. 2015-2016 Programs: The Last Queen of Hawaii

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. 2015-2016 Programs: Il Poverello, Christmas in Baroque Malta, Sainte-Chapelle de Paris, 20th Season Celebration

Amanda Jane Kelley (soprano)

Amanda Jane Kelley (soprano) from Portland, Oregon, is a frequent guest with the Rose Ensemble. She enjoys getting to perform a wide variety of historically informed music with them in Minnesota and around the country. Amanda has performed with The Rose Ensemble at the International Choral Competition in Tolosa, Spain; at the International Sacred Music Festival with Ensemble Lipzodes in Quito, Ecuador; soloist in “Messiah” with the Portland Baroque Orchestra in Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington; and toured with PBO/Oregon Bach Festival in “Dido and Aeneas”. Previously, she depicted Heloise in the concert “Heloise and Abelard” with the Medieval Women’s Chorus in Seattle, Washington; and sang the role of Anima in the Seattle Academy of Baroque Opera and Oratorio’s staged production of “Il Rapresentatione di Anima et Corpo” by Cavalieri. 2015-2106 Programs: Slavic Wonders, Il Poverello

Elaine Lachica (soprano)

Elaine Lachica (soprano) enjoys the Rose Ensemble’s adventurous programming and its spirit of connecting with audiences.  She has performed as a soloist with New York Collegium under Andrew Parrott, Montreal Baroque Festival Orchestra, Rebel Baroque Orchestra, Les Voix Humaines, L’Harmonie des Saisons, Waverly Consort, Opera Omina, Ensemble Caprice, Early Music New York, New York Virtuoso Singers and Mark Morris Dance Company at Lincoln Center for Mostly Mozart Festival.   Elaine is a 2014 winner of the first Bruce Haynes International Competition for the rhetorical singing of Johann Sebastian Bach and was featured at the Tage Alter Musik festival in Regensburg, Germany.   A studio recording will be released as part of Montreal Baroque’s Bach Cantata series on ATMA Classique. She graduated from Peabody Conservatory and the Royal College of Music in London and was awarded the Frank Huntington Beebe Fellowship.  Elaine teaches voice at Fordham University and lives in New York City. 2015-2016 Programs: Slavic Wonders, Land of Three Faiths, Il Poverello, Christmas in Baroque Malta, 20th Season Celebration

Kim Sueoka (soprano)

Kim Sueoka (soprano) joined The Rose Ensemble in 2003, drawn by the group’s emphasis on storytelling through music. Kim also performs with Lau Hawaiian Collective, Lumina Women’s Ensemble, and The First Readings Project and recently appeared as a guest artist the Neuss Chamber Orchestra. Kim is a COMPAS teaching artist, an artist-in-residence at Hamline University’s Center for Global environmental Education, and a staff singer at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Minneapolis). Originally from Koloa, Kaua’i, she has earned degrees in music from the University of Evansville and the University of Minnesota. In addition, she has studied Hawaiian chant and hula with Kumu Amy Ku’uleialoha Stillman and the late Kumu Pohaku Nishimitsu.  A past recipient of Minnesota State Arts Board Cultural Community Partnership and Artist Initiative grants, Kim is currently training with ArtSage to become a creator and facilitator of participatory arts experiences for older adults. 2015-2016 Programs: Slavic Wonders, Land of Three Faiths, Il Poverello, The Roots of Bluegrass, The Last Queen of Hawaii, Christmas in Baroque Malta, Sainte-Chapelle de Paris, 20th Season Celebration

Lizz Windnagel

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. 2015-2016 Programs: The Roots of Bluegrass, The Last Queen of Hawaii, Sainte-Chapelle de Paris, 20th Season Celebration

Alyssa Anderson (alto)

Alyssa Anderson (alto) is excited to join The Rose Ensemble and explore 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, 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 six 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. 2015-2016 Programs: Slavic Wonders, Land of Three Faiths, Il Poverello, The Roots of Bluegrass, The Last Queen of Hawaii, Christmas in Baroque Malta, Sainte-Chapelle de Paris, 20th Season Celebration

Fabiana Gonzalez

Fabiana B. González (alto) loves personal connections and believes that The Rose Ensemble offers her, the group and also the audience a unique opportunity to communicate through music.  She has performed with Fantasmi Ensemble, Orfeón San Juan Bautista, the Yale Schola Cantorum, University of North Texas Collegium Singers, South Dakota Choral and the Choral Pickup.  Fabiana has appeared as a soloist with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco as well as with Dallas Bach Society and Denton Bach Society in Dallas.  She holds a B.M. from the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico and a M.M. from the Yale School of Music.  She currently is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree at the University of North Texas as a student of Dr. Stephen Austin.  She also conducts a children’s choir at St. Edward Catholic Church in Dallas. 2015-2016 Programs: Slavic Wonders, Sainte-Chapelle de Paris, 20th Season Celebration

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. 2015-2016 Programs: Slavic Wonders, Land of Three Faiths, The Roots of Bluegrass

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 2015-2016 Programs: Christmas in Baroque Malta, Sainte-Chapelle de Paris

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. 2015-2016 Programs: Land of Three Faiths

Andrew Kane (tenor)

Andrew Kane (tenor), in his pursuit of the Twin Cities’ best early music performance opportunities, joined The Rose Ensemble in 2012. He has been singing professionally since earning his Bachelor of Music from Augsburg College in 2010. Andrew also sings regularly with the Mirandola Ensemble, the Cathedral Choir of St. Mark's, Glorious Revolution Baroque, the Minnesota Bach Society, the First Readings Project, and Lau Hawaiian Collective. In addition, Andrew appeared with VocalEssence, Minnesota Chorale, the Oregon Bach Festival, Bachakademie Stuttgart, and the Minnesota Opera. Appearances as a soloist include the St. Mark's Music Series, Consortium Carissimi, and VocalPoint chorus. 2015-2016 Programs: Slavic Wonders, Land of Three Faiths, Il Poverello, The Roots of Bluegrass, The Last Queen of Hawaii, Christmas in Baroque Malta, Sainte-Chapelle de Paris, 20th Season Celebration

Nickolas Karageorgiou

Nick Karageorgiou (tenor) is very eager to begin this season's juicy repertoire with The Rose Ensemble. Since beginning his vocal studies at 17, he has learned to quickly absorb every tidbit of musical wisdom that comes his way. Nick discovered his Leidenschaft for choral repertoire while studying at Indiana University. There he worked diligently with NOTUS, led by Dr. Dominick DiOrio. He also performed Philip Glass's Akhnaten with IU Opera, which toured to Indianapolis Opera. Nick's education at Indiana University led him to various choral ensembles throughout the US and abroad. This year Nick has been fortunate to sing with Twin Cities ensembles such as The Gregorian Singers, The Basilica of Mary's Schola Cantorum, and appear with VocalEssence. In April, he travelled to Carnegie Hall in New York, where he participated in the Tallis Scholars Masterclass, led by Peter Phillips. Nick recently sang with Helmuth Rilling and the 2. Weimarer Bachkantaten-Akademie, finishing its last concert at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, Germany. When not working, he enjoys making homemade bean dip and chips, playing soccer, and practicing German with friends and family.  2015-2016 Programs: Slavic Wonders, Il Poverello, Christmas in Baroque Malta, Sainte-Chapelle de Paris, 20th Season Celebration

Jake Endres (bass)

Jake Endres (baritone) joined The Rose Ensemble in 2014, attracted by the outstanding quality of both the repertoire and performances. Jake has worked extensively in St. Paul 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, Skylark Opera, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Mu Performing Arts, Frank Theatre, Nautilus Music-Theater, and American Folklore Theatre. 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. 2015-2016 Programs: Slavic Wonders, Land of Three Faiths, Il Poverello, The Roots of Bluegrass, The Last Queen of Hawaii, Christmas in Baroque Malta, Sainte-Chapelle de Paris, 20th Season Celebration

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. 2015-2016 Programs: Slavic Wonders, Land of Three Faiths, Il Poverello, The Roots of Bluegrass, The Last Queen of Hawaii, Christmas in Baroque Malta, Sainte-Chapelle de Paris, 20th Season Celebration

Peter Tuff (baritone)

Peter Tuff (baritone) recently moved to the Twin Cities from Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. There he was active as singer, choral conductor and arts administrator, having served both Carmel Music Society and the Monterey Symphony in management roles. He is delighted to be a member of the Ensemble, and to serve as Communications Associate. Peter has an extensive background in opera and concert, and lived in Austria, for ten years where he sang with the Vienna State Opera, the Salzburg Festival and the Imperial Chapel. Recent solo performances include Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Copland’s Old American Songs and Finzi’s In Terra Pax. Peter studied voice and French horn performance at Pacific Lutheran University. He and his wife LeAnna are empty nesters, and their two rescue dogs Figaro and Susanna are adjusting to the Minnesota climate. 2015-2016 Programs: Slavic Wonders, Christmas in Baroque Malta, Sainte-Chapelle de Paris, 20th Season Celebration

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". 2015-2016 Programs: Land of Three Faiths, The Roots of Bluegrass, The Last Queen of Hawaii

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. 2015-2016 Programs: Land of Three Faiths, Il Poverello, The Roots of Bluegrass, Christmas in Baroque Malta, Sainte-Chapelle de Paris, 20th Season Celebration





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Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 7:00pm Community Outreach Event
St. Paul, MN
Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 7:30pm Christmas in Baroque Malta
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Friday, December 18, 2015 - 8:00pm Christmas in Baroque Malta
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Saturday, December 19, 2015 - 8:00pm Christmas in Baroque Malta
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Sunday, December 20, 2015 - 3:00pm Christmas in Baroque Malta
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Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 3:00pm Gregorian Vespers
Minneapolis, MN
Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 4:45pm Gregorian Vespers
St. Paul, MN
Friday, January 15, 2016 - 7:30pm ON TOUR: Land of Three Faiths
Princeton, NJ