The Rose Ensemble

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Founded in 1996 by Artistic Director Jordan Sramek, The Rose Ensemble has achieved an international reputation as a premiere American early music ensemble and innovator in the field. Through virtuousic artistry, scholarly research, and a collaborative work style, we produce imaginative and inspiring performances and educational programs that connect individuals and communities with compelling stories of human history, culture, and spirtuality from around the world.

Based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, The Rose Esemble maintains a core concert season in the Twin Cities alongside regional, national, and international touring. Each performance illuminates centuries of rarely heard repertoire, bringing to modern audiences research from the world's manusciprt libraries and fresh perspectives on history, languages, politicis, religion and world cultures and traditions. With ten critically acclaimed recordings and a diverse slection of concert programs, the group has thrilled audiences across the United States, Latin America, and Europe with repertoire spanning 1,000 years and over 25 languages, including new research in Hawaiian, Latin American, Middle Eastern, and American vocal traditions.

The Ensemble is the recipient of the 2005 Chorus America Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, a first-place winner in the secular music category at the 2007 Tolosa International Choral Competition (Spain), and first place winner in the sacred and secular categories at the 2012 Tolosa Competition. The group's concerts and recordings have been called "first class" (Neuss-Grevenbroicher Zeitung), "impassioned and brightly alive" (Choral Journal) and "engaging" and "satisfying" (Gramaphone). Founder Jordan Sramek received the 2010 Louis Botto Award from Chorus America "for entrepreneurial zeal."

The Rose Ensemble can be heard regularly on American Public Media and the European Broadcasting Union (most notably with annual Christmas broadcasts) and has been featured on Radio France, Chicago Public Radio, Iowa Public Radio, Vermont Public Radio and National Public Radio's Performance Today.  

The Rose Ensemble's 19th season highlights include appearances with the Minnesota Orchestra, Ames Town and Gown Chamber Music Series, University of Vermont Lane Series, Bridgewater College (VA), University of Dayton, the Association of Anglican Musicians Annual Conference, and a collaboration with Dark Horse Consort. 

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