Founded in 1996 by Artistic Director Jordan Sramek and based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, The Rose Ensemble reawakens the ancient with vocal music that stirs the emotions, challenges the mind and lifts the spirit. Each season, the group illuminates several centuries of rarely heard repertoire, bringing to modern audiences research from the world’s manuscript libraries and fresh perspectives on history, languages, politics, religion, and world cultures and traditions. With ten critically acclaimed recordings and a diverse selection of concert programs, The Rose Ensemble has thrilled audiences across the United States and Europe with repertoire spanning 1,000 years and over 25 languages.
Recognized as a leader and innovator in the North American choral/vocal music scene, The Rose Ensemble toured 22 states last season. Recent appearances include Trinity Wall Street Series (NYC), Early Music Now (Milwaukee), Cornell University, Luther College, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the National Gallery (Washington, D.C.) and a major artist residency at the 2012 Society for Biblical Literature Conference. The group is the recipient of the 2005 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence and recently took first place in both secular and sacred categories at the 2012 Tolosa (Spain) International Choral Competition. In April, at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy, TRE represented the United States at the 2014 International Festival of American Renaissance and Baroque Music, Misiones de Chiquitos, in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
The Rose Ensemble can be heard regularly on American Public Media and the European Broadcasting Union and was recently featured in broadcasts on Radio France, Chicago Public Radio, Vermont Public Radio and NPR’s Performance Today.