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

The Roots of Bluegrass: A Journey through america's Folk, Old-Time, and Gospel Traditions

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 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


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





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Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 12:00pm Free Community Outreach Events
Saint Paul, MN
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 5:30pm Free Community Outreach Events
St. Paul, MN
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 7:30pm Musique et Masqueray
St. Paul, MN | Buy Tickets
Friday, March 24, 2017 - 7:30pm Musique et Masqueray
Benson, MN | Buy Tickets
Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 8:00pm Musique et Masqueray
Minneapolis, MN | Buy Tickets
Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 3:00pm Musique et Masqueray
St. Paul, MN | Buy Tickets
Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 2:00pm ON TOUR: American Roots
Hemet, CA
Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 7:30pm ON TOUR: American Roots
Minneapolis, MN