Mission: The Roseville String Ensemble was formed in 1998 to bring together amateur string players in the Roseville area to learn and perform ensemble music in settings that foster personal growth and satisfaction, and to provide opportunities to contribute to the community through the art of music.
Results: Our fall concert featured soloist Shahzore Shah, tenor and member of the male vocal ensemble Cantus. Nov. 9 we presented our first Lullaby Concert for babies through preschoolers at the Roseville Barnes & Noble store, a community hub, and attracted at least 150 kids and parents.
Target demographics: Music lovers of all ages; adult amateur string players.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 850
Geographic areas served: Northern suburbs of St. Paul, MN and surrounding area
Programs: Free fall, spring and Christmas concerts; Lullaby Concert for babies and toddlers; annual winter workshop providing coaching for our string players; annual summer chamber music program offering our players additional opportunities to grow.
This small community orchestra has achieved incredible things in its 11 years of existence through the energy and passion of its amateur players, its conductors and its volunteers. I believe the connections we create within the group and with the audience shine through in our performances, and form the foundation for our success.
The orchestra suffers from being a relatively obscure musical group in a metropolitan area blessed with dozens of professional and amateur orchestras. We create high-quality music that's well-targeted to our suburban audience and accessible to many people, and we deserve to be better-known. We could use more "friends" to help us spread the word and help us gain more financial support!