Board Opportunities

The Rose Ensemble

Founded in 1996, The Rose Ensemble has achieved an international reputation as a premier American early-music ensemble and innovator in the field. The Rose Ensemble specializes in creating thematic programs that introduce audiences to rarely heard music from the past 1,000 years. Recent programs include The Last Queen of Hawaii; The Requiem of Pedro de Escobar (with special guest Dark Horse Consort); The Roots of Bluegrass; Sainte-Chapelle de Paris: A King’s Quest for the True Cross (with guest musicologist Yossi Maurey); and The Land of Three Faiths: Voices of Mediterranean Jews, Christians, and Muslims. The Rose Ensemble regularly partners with regional arts groups and institutions such as the Minnesota Orchestra, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The Walker Center, and the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library to create programs that have garnered critical acclaim. The Rose Ensemble has also commissioned over 30 new works. Since 1997, The Rose Ensemble has held the position of Artist in Residence at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis.

The Rose Ensemble maintains an active touring schedule. This season the Ensemble will undertake its 11th tour of greater Minnesota. Over the past two years, The Rose Ensemble has presented concerts and outreach activities in 32 cities and 16 states with appearances at the Indianapolis Early Music (IN), Chautauqua Music Festival (NY), Academy of Early Music (MI), Camerata Musica (WA), Columbus Early Music (OH), InConcert Sierra (CA), University of Vermont Lane Series, and the National Art Gallery (Washington DC). Internationally, The Rose Ensemble has performed throughout Europe and in Latin America.

The Rose Ensemble possesses more than 15 years’ experience developing and leading music and culture programs, residencies, lecture/demonstrations, master classes, and educational forums in these diverse contexts. These are presented in K-12 schools, colleges/universities, adult residential facilities, community centers, and at professional conferences. Since 2009, the group has also produced an annual holiday radio broadcast. This program is carried by over 300 stations in the U.S. and across Europe.

The Rose Ensemble has produced 10 high-quality CDs. They are currently preparing to record Music of Baroque Malta. Their recordings have been called “impassioned and brightly alive” (Choral Journal) and “engaging . . . satisfying” (Gramophone).

Achievements include: 2005 Chorus America Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence; 2007 First prize for sacred music at the International Choral Competition in Tolosa, Spain (the European Grand Prix); 2010 Chorus America’s Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal presented to Artistic/Executive Director Jordan Sramek; 2012 First prize for sacred and secular music at the International Choral Competition in Tolosa, Spain; 2014 Represented the U.S., by invitation of the State Department, at the biennial International Festival of American Renaissance and Baroque Music, Misiones De Chiquitos, in Santa Cruz, Bolivia; 2017 TRE will represent the U.S. at the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music in Barcelona.


Seeking board members with a passion for the mission of The Rose Ensemble.

  • Prior board experience
  • Strategic thinking / strategic planning
  • Corporate and/or business community connections
  • Development/Fundraising
  • Governance
  • Board cultivation
  • Financial planning


Number of members: Four
How many needed: Four
Meeting time and frequency: 3rd Wednesday of the month from 5:00-7:00 pm; Eight to ten meetings per year
Meeting location: Wilder Foundation, 451 Lexington Parkway N., St. Paul


Time Expectation: Six to eight hours per month plus attendance at concerts when possible
Financial Contribution: Yes; at level meaningful for individual; current average gift is $1,500
Committees: Yes. All board members serve on or chair a committee
Length of Term: Two to three years (renewable)

Questions about this board opportunity?

Recruiter: Tracy Harris


75 West Fifth Street, Landmark Center Suite 314, St. Paul, MN 55102


Uniting virtuosic vocal artistry with scholarly research, The Rose Ensemble creates musical performances and educational programs that connect audiences to compelling stories of human history, culture, and spirituality from around the world.


Recruiter: Tracy Harris