"Bishop's flute work is impeccable, and she made trills and arpeggios look and sound effortless!" - the Hawk Eye
Rose Bishop enjoys a career as an active soloist, orchestral musician, author, and teacher based in Iowa City, Iowa. She serves as Principal Flute of the Southeast Iowa Symphony, the Palisades Orchestra, and Sinfonia Nolte, and Second Flute and Piccolo of both the Ottumwa Symphony and Quincy Symphony Orchestras. She has also performed with the Battle Creek Symphony, Orchestra Iowa, the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band, and the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra. As an active chamber musician and collaborator, Rose is flutist of the Durward Ensemble and a founding member of the Ceres Flute Quartet. She joined the roster as a Trevor James Alto Flute Artist in 2020.
Rose has been a prize winner in several competitions including First Prize in the Valencia Awards International Music Competition, the American Prize Ernst Bacon Memorial Award, National Flute Association’s Newly Published Music Competition in both the Piccolo and Pedagogical Works categories, the Flute Society of St. Louis Young Artist Competition, the Flute Specialists Performance Competition, and the Georgia State University Honors Recital Competition.
Rose Bishop and Lizzy Darling are co-authors of the Flutist's Guide to the Voxman Etudes, a new performance guide in conjunction with Himie Voxman's Selected Studies for Flute. A Flutist’s Guide to the Voxman Etudes was a prize winner of the National Flute Association’s New Published Competition. They received a ton of help with this project from their amazing Editor & Producer, University of Tennessee-Martin's Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium, Dr. Steve Darling. They received funding from the Friends of Flutists Foundation and Coe College. Get your copy today!
Equally committed to music education, Rose Bishop is the Instructor of Flute at Coe College, Cornell College, Mount Mercy University, and Kirkwood Community College in Iowa, Flute Instructor for the Solon Community Schools, and was the Flute Instructor at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri where she taught Applied Flute and music courses from 2014 until 2019. She has also served on the faculty at the Philadelphia International Music Festival. Rose is the Artistic Director, Founder and Flute Faculty of the Eastern Iowa Flute Workshop and the Cornell College Summer Flute, Clarinet, and Piano Summer 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, Solon, and Cedar Rapids area. She teaches masterclasses and sectionals at schools throughout the Midwest, and hosts many events throughout the year dedicated to helping young flutists achieve their dreams. Students of Rose have won All-State and Honor Band auditions, positions in Iowa youth orchestras and summer festivals, solo and concerto competitions, received superior ratings in Solo and Ensemble, and have received full scholarships to study music in college.
Rose has presented master classes and recitals at 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), and residencies with the Durward Ensemble at Illinois State University and Coe College. She has performed and presented workshops as a guest artist at the Kansas Wesleyan International Music Festival, the Upper Midwest Flute Association Flute Festival, the Iowa Flute Festival, the Wisconsin Flute Festival, the Seattle Flute Festival, the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia, the Riverbend Flute Festival, and for the Portland Flute Society, the Montana Flute Society, the Central Iowa Flute Workshop, the Nauvoo Flute Day, the Atlanta Flute Fair and as the piccolo guest artist at the Flute Society of St. Louis Flute Fair. Rose serves on the National Flute Association's Career and Artistic Development Committee and is an active member of the Flute New Music Consortium, the National Flute Association, and the Upper Midwest Flute Association. She is also co-founder and on the board of directors for the Iowa City Flute Choir.
Equally comfortable in front of the orchestra, Rose has been a featured soloist with several orchestras throughout the midwest. She was the 2021-22 Artist in Residence for the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra and gave the world premiere of Linda Robbins Coleman's new concerto, Diversions for alto flute, flute and piccolo, in October, 2021. The concerto was commissioned for her by the orchestra as part of her residency. She also performed Cecile Chaminade's Concertino for flute and orchestra. In addition to the concerto performances, Rose presented recitals and public school appearances at over 25 schools in Ottumwa, Mt. Pleasant and Burlington, Iowa.
Additional solo 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, as well as a featured soloist with the Culver-Stockton College and Monmouth College Wind Ensembles, the Burlington and Washington Municipal Bands, and the University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra.
Rose has been featured on Iowa Public Radio Classical, KILJ Radio, in the National Flute Association's Flutist Quarterly Magazine, Flute Talk Magazine, the Flute View Magazine, the Flute Examiner Magazine, the Flute Specialists Newsletter, The Portland Piper, the Hawk Eye Magazine, and was featured in Jess Voigt Page's #womencrushingitwednesday blog. During her summers, Rose attended Music House International at the Philadelphia Orchestra Summer Festival in Pennsylvania, Jim Walker's Beyond the Master Class at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, California, the Flauti al Castello summer master class in Tuscany, Italy, and the Iowa Piccolo Intensive in Iowa City, Iowa.
Rose holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Iowa, a Bachelor of Music degree from Georgia State University, and has engaged in post-graduate study with flutist Jim Walker and piccoloists Amy Taylor and Erica Peel. She performs on a Miyazawa Elite Flute with a 9k gold headjoint and platinum riser, a Hammig Piccolo, and a Trevor James Alto Flute.