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 Jen Krook, Office Manager/Education & Outreach Coordinator, online or by calling 651-225-4340, ext. 203.
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
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
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