The Rose Ensemble

Educational Outreach Overview

 

“Who knew that medieval music would be so engaging to 21st century teenagers? There is a universality to the music that transcends time and geography.”

-Julie Schramke, Teacher, Achieve Language Academy (St. Paul)

(Photo by Paul Owen)

Educational outreach is at the very heart of The Rose Ensemble’s work. Whether a pre-concert presentation, a master class, a community workshop, or an in-school program, we engage participants in ways that are both educational and fun. All of our educational outreach programs require minimal setup and can be tailored for a variety of age ranges, experience levels, contexts, and group sizes.

As critics have observed, the programming is both emotionally resonant and rigorously researched, balancing entertainment and education. Our unique approach creates a sense of deep connection to the human stories that have shaped cultures across the globe and through the ages. With a repertoire that illuminates nearly a millennium of music featuring 25 languages, we make every effort to ensure that people of all ages and abilities are able to enjoy the sounds of centuries past.

For K-12 Schools: In-School Music and Cultural Programs

The Rose Ensemble offers fun and imaginative presentations and residencies that bring music to life through songs, instruments, and storytelling for grades K-12. Each program provides a window into distant times and places, tapping into themes directly relevant to the social and cultural issues of today’s world. With extensive research and culturally diverse content, Rose Ensemble educational programs have been presented to thousands of young people across the country.

What we offer:

  • Engaging vocal and instrumental demonstrations by professional musicians
  • Interactive group discussion and hands-on participation for all ages
  • Customized residencies
  • Activities designed for academic standards in music, history, geography, and world languages
  • Tailored content for large or small classes and assemblies
  • Educator study guides for the classroom
  • Minimal setup and production requirements

 

 

For more information about programs, rates, and availability, contact us online or by calling 651-225-4340.

Current Programs

Hawai’i Revealed: Music from the Soul of the Hawaiian Saga

Discover Hawaii’s beautiful heritage revealed through its beautiful music! In this important program focusing on American history and Native American culture, students learn about the Hawaiians’ struggle to keep alive their rich musical and cultural traditions. Rose Ensemble members demonstrate oli and mele chants and paniolo (cowboy) songs of the migrant ranchers, and teach simple hula movements.  Listen to a Sample

Educational Standards: Music, Dance, World History, U.S. History, Foreign Languages, Geography

“I just wanted to extend a note of thanks for the spectacular Rose Ensemble performers who visited Linwood- Monroe last Friday. The students were engaged in music, dance, and cultural history of Hawaii. The vocalists were of the the highest echelon in talent and refinement. Congratulations to the Rose Ensemble for past success and a bright future.“
-Linwood-Monroe Arts Plus School (Monroe Campus)

Music from the Land of Three Faiths: Discovering Ancient Harmonies Across Cultures, Borders and Religions

Explore the fascinating music and culture of medieval Spain, where Jews, Christians, and Muslims lived together in a shared, artistic society. Demonstrating diversity and tolerance through music, this inspiring program features a wide variety of songs and highlights Middle Eastern instruments such as the riqq (tambourine), dumbek (drum), and rebec (fiddle). Listen to a Sample

Educational Standards: Music, World History, Foreign Languages, Geography

“Thank you for teaching us about Medieval music. Your instruments were really cool! Thank you for letting us ask questions and touch the instruments. You are one of our two favorites for the whole year in CONNECT!“ -Ms. Winther’s 5/6 graders, Highland Park Elementary

And Glory Shone Around: Early American Ballads, Hymns & Dances

Return to America’s folk roots in this fun program featuring Appalachian folk songs, Southern shape-note singing, Shaker spiritual songs, and the styles of singing that give birth to bluegrass. Students are engaged in simple, call-and-response singing (testing just how high and low the voice can go!) and Rose Ensemble musicians demonstrate a variety of instruments including wooden flute, early African-American banjo, jaw harp, guitar, fiddle, and mandolin, with percussion provided by tambourine and stomping feet! This exploration of our country’s musical heritage gets young people excited about history – and singing! Listen to a Sample

Educational Standards: Music, U.S. History, Geography

Residencies

The Rose Ensemble collaborates with teachers to reach young audiences with culturally rich, interactive arts experiences infused with standards-based content in Music, World Languages, Language Arts, Dance, Geography, and History. Additional instruction enhances music curriculum in tandem with educators’ learning objectives. Guided by members of The Rose Ensemble, students will increase and sharpen their skills in vocal production, rhythm, intonation, balance, diction, pronunciation, ensemble sensitivity, and projection of text. Singers will also learn vocal style, performance practice, and an array of ensemble-singing techniques that enhance the interpretation of any repertoire – all taught in a nurturing, supportive way. Activities include master classes, ensemble singing workshops, rehearsals, additional educational outreach performances in the community, and a culminating concert performance. The Rose Ensemble will collaborate with educators to define project expectations and outcomes, determine appropriate guides and materials to use in tandem with the themes being studied, and to implement an effective process of evaluation during and after the residency experience.

Overall goals of residency programs:

  • Targeted, in-depth access to music instruction for students with limited opportunities to work with professional teaching artists
  • Increased appreciation for and understanding of the choral traditions and instruments of different world cultures
  • Enhanced cross-cultural understanding through discussions of music, language, and art from socially and culturally diverse, multi-faith societies

For Colleges and Universities

The Rose Ensemble’s educational offerings include lecture demonstrations, coaching workshops, master classes, and residencies to address the needs of participants at all levels – professionals and amateurs, soloists and ensemble performers, conductors and music teachers. The Rose Ensemble’s unique approach focuses on each participant’s learning experience, fostering individual development, and growth in skill and knowledge. For bigger groups, our master classes tackle broader subjects such as medieval history and larger choir singing techniques. For smaller groups, our coaching workshops address specialized topics such as Gregorian chant, music research, and ensemble singing.

For more information about programs, rates, and availability, contact us online or by calling 651-225-4340.

Master Classes

The Rose Ensemble’s master classes explore the true joys of singing and demonstrate ways to enhance your performance. By focusing on the process of rehearsing and performing as well as the context, participants learn about the nature of the music from a more human perspective and the elements that contribute to singing it well.

Master Classes can be tailored to include

  • Demonstrations by The Rose Ensemble
  • Ensemble-to-ensemble coaching
  • Exercises with overtones and matching vowels
  • Appreciating the historical context of the music

Residencies

The Rose Ensemble collaborates with faculty to reach student audiences with culturally rich, interactive arts experiences, and provides additional instruction to enhance music curriculum in tandem with course learning objectives. Guided by members of The Rose Ensemble, students will increase and sharpen their skills in vocal production, rhythm, intonation, balance, diction, pronunciation, ensemble sensitivity, and projection of text. Singers will also learn vocal style, performance practice, and an array of ensemble-singing techniques that enhance the interpretation of any repertoire – all taught in a nurturing, supportive way. Activities include master classes, ensemble singing workshops, rehearsals, additional educational outreach performances in the community, and a culminating concert performance. The Rose Ensemble will collaborate with faculty to define project expectations and outcomes, determine appropriate guides and materials to use in tandem with the themes being studied, and to implement an effective process of evaluation during and after the residency experience.

Overall goals of residency programs:

  • Targeted, in-depth access to music instruction giving students the opportunity to work with professional teaching artists
  • Increased appreciation for and understanding of the choral traditions and instruments of different world cultures
  • Enhanced cross-cultural understanding through discussion of music, language, and art from socially and culturally diverse, multi-faith societies

 

For Libraries

The Rose Ensemble partners with libraries to provide educational programs, lecture demonstrations, and sing-a-longs that are culturally enriching, enhance library patron experience, and strengthen communities. Considering the extensive research and culturally diverse nature of The Rose Ensemble’s programming, libraries provide a wonderful environment for educational outreach.

“As an organization and musical group, The Rose Ensemble has proven to be of invaluable artistic benefit to library patrons and the City of Saint Paul” -Alayne Hopkins, The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library

For more information about programs, rates, and availability, contact us online or by calling 651-225-4340.

Current Programs

Hawai’i Revealed: Music from the Soul of the Hawaiian Saga

Discover Hawaii’s beautiful heritage revealed through its beautiful music! In this important program focusing on American history and Native American culture, students learn about the Hawaiians’ struggle to keep alive their rich musical and cultural traditions. By highlighting important time periods in Hawaiian history, Rose Ensemble members demonstrate oli and mele chants and paniolo (cowboy) songs of the migrant ranchers, and teach simple hula movements.  Listen to a Sample

Music from the Land of Three Faiths: Discovering Ancient Harmonies Across Cultures, Borders and Religions

Explore the fascinating music and culture of medieval Spain, where Jews, Christians, and Muslims lived together in a shared, artistic society. Demonstrating diversity and tolerance through music, this inspiring program features a wide variety of songs and highlights Middle Eastern instruments such as the riqq (tambourine), dumbek (drum), and rebec (fiddle). Listen to a Sample

And Glory Shone Around: Early American Ballads, Hymns & Dances

Return to America’s folk roots in this fun program, featuring Appalachian folk songs, Southern shape-note singing, Shaker spiritual songs, and the styles of singing that give birth to bluegrass. In addition to engaging students in simple, call-and-response singing (including entertaining demonstrations on just how high and low the voice can go!), The Rose Ensemble musicians also demonstrate a variety of instruments including wooden flute, African-American gut strung gourd banjo, jaw harp, guitar, fiddle, and mandolin, with percussion provided by tambourine and stomping feet! Filled with sounds both familiar and fresh, this program explores our country’s history through its musical heritage and gets young people excited about feeling a beat – and singing! Listen to a Sample

For Your Community

The Rose Ensemble offers innovative community workshops, presentations, and residencies that provide a closer look at the relationship between the music, the singer, and each other. Educational programs can be tailored to meet the unique needs of your community.

For more information about programs, rates, and availability, contact us online or by calling 651-225-4340.

Hawai’i Revealed: Music from the Soul of the Hawaiian Saga

Discover Hawaii’s beautiful heritage revealed through its beautiful music! In this important program focusing on American history and Native American culture, students learn about the Hawaiians’ struggle to keep alive their rich musical and cultural traditions. By highlighting important time periods in Hawaiian history, Rose Ensemble members demonstrate oli and mele chants and paniolo (cowboy) songs of the migrant ranchers, and teach simple hula movements.  Listen to a Sample

Music from the Land of Three Faiths: Discovering Ancient Harmonies Across Cultures, Borders and Religions

Explore the fascinating music and culture of medieval Spain, where Jews, Christians, and Muslims lived together in a shared, artistic society. Demonstrating diversity and tolerance through music, this inspiring program features a wide variety of songs and highlights Middle Eastern instruments such as the riqq (tambourine), dumbek (drum), and rebec (fiddle). Listen to a Sample

And Glory Shone Around: Early American Ballads, Hymns & Dances

Return to America’s folk roots in this fun program, featuring Appalachian folk songs, Southern shape-note singing, Shaker spiritual songs, and the styles of singing that give birth to bluegrass. In addition to engaging students in simple, call-and-response singing (including entertaining demonstrations on just how high and low the voice can go!), The Rose Ensemble musicians also demonstrate a variety of instruments including wooden flute, African-American gut strung gourd banjo, jaw harp, guitar, fiddle, and mandolin, with percussion provided by tambourine and stomping feet! Filled with sounds both familiar and fresh, this program explores our country’s history through its musical heritage and gets young people excited about feeling a beat – and singing! Listen to a Sample

Residencies

The Rose Ensemble collaborates with community leaders to reach audiences with culturally rich, interactive arts experiences. Guided by members of The Rose Ensemble, community participants will increase and sharpen their skills in vocal production, rhythm, intonation, balance, diction, pronunciation, ensemble sensitivity, and projection of text. Singers will also learn vocal style, performance practice, and an array of ensemble-singing techniques that enhance the interpretation of any repertoire – all taught in a nurturing, supportive way. Activities include master classes, ensemble singing workshops, rehearsals, additional educational outreach performances in the community, and culminating concert performances. The Rose Ensemble will collaborate with community leaders to define project expectations and outcomes, and to implement an effective process of evaluation during and after the residency experience.

Overall goals of residency programs:

  • Targeted, in-depth access to music instruction giving participants the opportunity to work collectively with fellow community members and with professional teaching artists
  • Increased appreciation for and understanding of the choral traditions and instruments of different world cultures
  • Enhanced cross-cultural understanding through discussion of music, language, and art from socially and culturally diverse, multi-faith societies