"Bishop's flute work is impeccable, and she made trills and arpeggios look and sound effortless!"
- the Hawk Eye Newspaper
"Rose serves as the perfect ambassador for the flute family. She brings level of expertise and enthusiasm that is infectious for those listening. Her work on Linda Robbins Coleman's Diversions, flute concerto that the Southeast Iowa Symphony premiered, was spectacular - interesting for the audience and enjoyable for orchestra to perform."
- Bob McConnell, Conductor
Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra
"Rose’s sound, musicality and colors are breathtaking, completely engaging. Rose creates a stunning range of “calling effects” that had me listening and imagining the visual landscape and feeling the moment at each turn!"
- Flutist Quarterly Magazine
International prize-winning flutist Rose Bishop enjoys a career as an orchestral soloist, orchestral musician, pedagogue, and teacher based in Iowa City, Iowa. She serves as Principal Flute of the Southeast Iowa Symphony, Quincy Symphony Orchestra (IL), the Palisades Orchestra, Sinfonia Nolte, and the American Gothic Performing Arts Festival, and held the Second Flute and Piccolo position with the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra from 2017-2023. She has also performed with the Dubuque Symphony, the Battle Creek Symphony (MI), the Quad City Symphony, Orchestra Iowa, the Salina Symphony (KS), the Classical Mystery Tour - a Beatles Tribute Band, Cirque Musica, among others. As an active chamber musician and collaborator, Rose is flutist of the Durward Ensemble, a chamber ensemble that promotes the diversity of contemporary music to a broad audience through performances of rarely performed works and commissioning new works by living composers, and has premiered dozens of new works that were commissioned by the ensemble. Their second album, Prophetic Revolutions, was just released in November, 2022.
Equally comfortable in front of the orchestra, Rose has been a featured soloist with more than 10 orchestras and wind ensembles throughout the Midwest. In 2021, the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra commissioned Linda Robbins Coleman to write a new concerto, Diversions for alto flute, flute and piccolo, for Rose as part of her Artist in Residency. Additional concerto performances include the Midwest premiere of Peter Senchuk's Flute Concerto with the Kansas Wesleyan University Wind Ensemble as a guest artist of the KWU International Music Festival in March, 2019, and has been a featured soloist with the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra, the Culver-Stockton College and Monmouth College Wind Ensembles, the Coe College Band and Choir, the Cedar Rapids, Burlington and Washington Municipal Bands, and the University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra.
After premiering the Coleman Concerto and her residency with the Southeast Iowa
Symphony in October of 2021, Rose began working on and recording her solo debut
album, Diversions. In addition to featuring the world premiere of this concerto, it also
features solo flute repertoire that she either commissioned during the beginning of the
Covid-19 pandemic, or performed as part of her residency with the Southeast Iowa
Symphony Orchestra in October, 2021. This album features compositions by all female
composers, and includes works by Amber Beams, Nicole Chamberlain, Linda Robbins
Coleman, and Lisa Neher. It also features music on a diverse array of flutes, including
piccolo, c flute, alto flute, bass flute, and contrabass flute. Diversions was released on
September 2nd, 2022 through Odd Pop Records.
Equally committed to music education, Rose Bishop is the Instructor of Flute at St. Ambrose University, Coe College, Cornell College, and Kirkwood Community College. Rose is the Artistic Director, Founder and Flute Faculty of the Eastern Iowa Flute Workshop and the Cornell College Summer Flute Camp. As a private teacher, she maintains a large flute studio of all ages her home in North Liberty, her studio at Coe College, and several local schools in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area. Rose has presented master classes and recitals across the United States, including Iowa State University, Western Illinois University (IL), Drake University, West Virginia Wesleyan College (WV), Graceland University, Central College, Grand View University, Kansas Wesleyan University (KS), Opus Ithaca School of Music (NY), Occidental College (CA), Cornish College of the Arts (WA), and residencies with the Durward Ensemble at Roosevelt University with the Chicago Composers Consortium (IL), East Carolina University (NC), Illinois State University (IL), and Coe College.
She has performed and presented workshops as a guest artist at the Kansas Wesleyan International Music Festival, the National Flute Association Convention, the Mid-Atlantic Flue Festival (DC), the Upper Midwest Flute Association Flute Festival (MN), the Iowa Flute Festival, the Wisconsin Flute Festival (WS), the Seattle Flute Festival (WA), the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia (PA), the Riverbend Flute Festival (IL), and for the Portland Flute Society (OR), the Montana Flute Society (MT), the Central Iowa Flute Workshop, the Nauvoo Flute Day (IL), the Atlanta Flute Fair (GA), GRIT Collaborative, SHE: Festival of Women in Music (AR), and as the piccolo guest artist at the Flute Society of St. Louis Flute Fair (MO).
She joined the roster as a Trevor James Alto Flute Artist in 2020, and serves on the National Flute Association's Career and Artistic Development Committee. She is an active member of the Flute New Music Consortium, the National Flute Association, New Music Chicago, and the Upper Midwest Flute Association. Rose is the National Flute Association's CREATE Competition Coordinator. and has served as adjudicator for the National Flute Association's Junior Young Artist and Collegiate Flute Choir Competitions, the Iowa All-State Music Festival, the VOCE Festival: Music Teacher's Association's Competition, the Upper Midwest, Wisconsin, Iowa and St. Louis Young Artist Competitions, Central Ohio Flute Association Competition, and many more!
Rose holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Iowa, a Bachelor of Music degree from Georgia State University. Outside of her professional performing and teaching career, Rose enjoys running, gardening, crafting and spending time with her husband, Ryan, and their four cats.
Rose has been a prize winner in several competitions, including First Prize in the Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition, which resulted in her Carnegie Hall Debut in the Weill Recital Hall in March, 2022. She has also received First Prize in the King's Peak International Music Competition, the Music & Stars International Music Competition and the Valencia Awards International Music Competition. She has been a prize winner for the American Prize Competition: Instrumental Division, the American Prize Ernst Bacon Memorial Award, the National Flute Association’s Newly Published Music Competition in both the Piccolo and Pedagogical Works categories, the South Carolina Flute Society Young Artist Competition, the Flute Society of St. Louis Young Artist Competition, the Flute Specialists Performance Competition, and the Georgia State University Honors Recital Competition.