The Rose Ensemble

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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 core of The Rose Ensemble’s work. We play an important role in keeping music, rarely heard on today’s stages, alive and accessible to audiences of diverse backgrounds. The Rose Ensemble’s work draws the attention of those who do not normally think of themselves as history scholars or classical music patrons. Every year The Rose Ensemble produces a series of public library and community workshops for all ages and serves over 3,000 K-12 students through in-school music education programs, including residencies. All Rose Ensemble educational outreach programs have minimal setup requirements and can be tailored for a variety of age ranges, experience levels, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Coming Up

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Sat April 26 Bolivia Festival Performance
Ascencion de Guarayos
Sun April 27 Bolivia Festival Performance
Tue April 29 Bolivia Festival Performance
Santa Cruz
Sun June 8 Gregorian Vespers
Sun June 8 Gregorian Vespers
St. Paul