"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 musician, pedagogue, and teacher based in Iowa City, Iowa. A Trevor James Flute Performing Artist, she has performed across the United States, as well as internationally as a guest soloist in Canada, Belgium, the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, and Italy. Future engagements include a guest recital, masterclass and concerto performance with the 2024 Festival Internacional de Flautistas in Lima, Peru.
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 was recently appointed Acting Second Flute with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. She has also held the Second Flute and Piccolo position with the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra from 2017-2023. She has performed with 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.
Equally comfortable in front of the orchestra, Rose has been a featured soloist with more than a dozen 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 for flute and wind ensemble 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. A champion of new music, Rose has commissioned dozens of new pieces for solo flute, chamber music, and several new concerti. Her latest commissions include Alan Theisen's Concerto for flute and wind ensemble, which will be premiered in the Spring of 2024 with the Southeast Iowa Band, Quincy Concert Band, Cornell College Band, and as the guest soloist with the Coe College Festival of Bands.
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 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 and Founder of the Eastern Iowa Flute Workshop and the Cornell College Summer Flute Camp. She has also served on faculty at Culver-Stockton College and the Philadelphia International Summer Festival. As a private teacher, she maintains a large flute studio of all ages her home in North Liberty and her studios at Coe College and St. Ambrose University. Rose has presented master classes and recitals across the United States, including Western Washington University (WA), 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 Durward Ensemble at Roosevelt University with the Chicago Composers' Consortium (IL), East Carolina University (NC), Illinois State University (IL), and Coe College.
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 released in November, 2022. Rose is also flutist with the Evergreen & Oak Trio, a new trio for flute, piano, Dr. Abbie Brewer and mezzo-soprano, Dr. Lisa Neher. Recent engagements include a Pacific Northwest tour with performances at Lady Hill Winery in Portland, Oregon, Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, and the Canadian Music Centre in Vancouver, BC.
Rose has been a prize winner in several competitions, including First Prize in the Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition, which led 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 Piccolo and Pedagogical Works categories, the Charleston International Competition, the South Carolina Flute Society and Flute Society of St. Louis Young Artist Competitions, the Flute Specialists Performance Competition, and the Georgia State University Honors Recital Competition.
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), SHE: Festival of Women in Music (AR), 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 and a Bachelor of Music degree from Georgia State University. Outside of her professional performing and teaching, Rose enjoys running, gardening, crafting and spending time with her husband and their four cats.