The story of Whispering Roses: the name

Part one, officially, of the story of Whispering Roses!

We grew up playing music together. We started lessons at Harmony Road Music at young ages. Our dad found an experienced folk musician (Terry Prohaska) to coach us along. In 2005, Terry referred a wedding to us – the Bisceglia sisters – and we played our first wedding professionally. Yes, I was paid to play. I had just had my 11th birthday.


we played for three weddings that year

Bisceglia is an incredibly hard name to pronounce, unless you are from the Apulia region of Italy ( So, we knew we needed to name for our foursome. We had brainstorming sessions in the begging of 2006, and Janna kept a list of possiblilities. This list included titles like Elegant Heirs, Vivacious Violets, and Saucy Serenaders. Noah voted for the last title. Nothing seemed to fit. Then, Janna, somehow inspired, came up with Whispering Roses. It felt right. We anxiously called our aunt and uncle (actors/writers in LA) for an opinon, and they loved it. I still remember my aunt’s voice over the phone “It’s perfect! I love it!”. 

It stuck.

People refer to us as the Roses and we fully identify with that title. Noah joined us and we kept the name, joking about whether to add something (like thistle!) to include him. Honestly, though, just because the title includes something floral, it doesn’t need to signify that it’s a feminine, sister-only band. 

A few years, ago, while strolling through a farmers’ market, someone came up to me and said, “Are you one of Whispering Roses?”. “Yes!!”, I replied. To myself, I celebrated how this title has stayed with us. People know us by it. We’re remember and known by it. It’s pronounceable. And it’s a big part of our band’s identity. 

The story of Whispering Roses: part before the first

In 2006, we named ourselves and became Whispering Roses, a sister quartet.


Whispering Roses in the early years. This, one of our first publicity photos, was taken by our mom.

This is the first post in a series sharing the history of Whispering Roses. I’m digging up old memories and photos, and will share my findings. 

Next week I will share the story behind the name Whispering Roses.



Portland area Concert June 28!

Sunday, June 28, 2015 | 2:00-4:00pm

Crossroads Coffee Café 

250 Princeton Ave., Gladstone, OR 

$5 cover charge / kids ages 6 & under are free!

wildflowers on Saddle Mountain

Coming back to Crossroads! Mark your calendar and don’t miss our local summer concert. Janna will join us for this appearance 😀 Enjoy lunch/drinks/desserts from Crossroads and listen to music and stories from our last Highland Games appearance. 

See you soon,


Shall we peek around the corner? {summer 2015}

What’s up with Whispering Roses for the summer of 2015? Well, let me give you just a peek into our summer schedule.

June 26 & 27, 2015
Tacoma Highland Games
Info here!

July 31st, 2015 | 4:30pm
Colville Rendezvous Days
An exciting event for Colville and the surrounding area!
Learn more here.

August 1st, 2015 | 9:00-5:30
Spokane Highland Games
We’re delighted to come to Spokane for the first time!
More info here!

August 15-16, 2015 | 9-7 on Saturday, 9-4 on Sunday

Bitterroot Scottish Irish Festival
This fest and the people to organize it have won their way to our hearts! We look forward to playing on the grounds of the beautiful Marcus Daly Mansion once again.

Details here.

We LOVE what we do!

BTW, Janna will be joining us for the summer festivals! Be sure to get one of them on your schedule! Share the dates with friends in Tacoma, Spokane, or Missoula/Bitterroots/MT.

Local {Portland} appearances will be announced here as well! Stay tuned!

What are your summer plans?

~the 4th Rose

Musical happenings: Annie Get Your Gun

Hello Spring! Hello Sunshine! Hello to floral fragrance in the air!

**BAM** ::looks around:: Wait, what was that disruptive blast?? A gunshot?!?


I’m  in the orchestra for Gresham Centennial High School’s production of Annie Get Your Gun.

It feels good to sit here. It gives me a sense of excitement, and a sense of belonging.

Info here:

Performance Schedule
Saturday, May 2, 2015 @ 7pm
Thursday, May 7, 2015 @ 7pm
Friday, May 8, 2015 @ 7pm
Saturday, May 9, 2015 @ 7pm

$10 adults
$8 students

Friday’s Feasts | Chocolate Almond Smoothie

One of my favorite ways to make a smoothie. I live a busy lifestyle with never a dull moment and this is a go-to for me when a quick meal or snack is needed.

Kathrina’s go-to smoothie: Chocolate Almond Smoothie
In blender or Vitamix:
1 scoop chocolate protein powder of your choice
1 cup frozen berries of choice (optional)
1 large handful of spinach (or 2-3 handfuls – I love my spinach)
1 cup almond milk (or water)
1 splash of almond extract
1 pinch sea salt (optional – but adds great flavor)
1 tablespoon seeds of choice, such as sunflower (optional)

I can have this smoothie done in a few minutes, even with all the “optional” ingredients. Play with it and have fun! Whatever you do, be sure to try using almond extract in your smoothies. It adds great taste.


Spring Concerts

Mark your calendars and come see our St. Patrick’s Day shows:
Thursday, March 19th, 2015 | | 7pm
Oregon City Library
606 John Adams St.
Oregon City, OR 97045

Friday, March 20th, 215 | 6:30pm
Join us for this dinner hour concert at Crossroads Coffee Café! We are excited to come back to one of our most popular local venues. It’s been too long. We love Crossroads and so will you!
Crossroads Coffee Café
250 Princeton Ave.
Gladstone, OR 97027

Janna & Luke: a Rose given in Marriage

What on earth happened? This blog has been sadly neglected! With the engagement and marriage of Janna, our harpist, change is in the air for Whispering Roses. We couldn’t be more thrilled for Luke and Janna. They are awesome together. We continue to love music and are booking concerts and performances for the spring and summer (more on those coming soon). For now, I will share a few wedding photos! Her adventures are an her blog:


Janna and Luke were married on February 7th, 2015.


Family photo.


Wedding party. It was so special for each of us to be a part of this glorious day.


The four sisters who form Whispering Roses. Did you know that Janna was the one who came up with the name for our band?

It was a beautiful day, and an important new chapter begins for Janna and Luke. It’s a new chapter for Sarah, Krista, Noah and I as well, as we navigate decisions with the band now that Janna is moving out of town. Check back as I resurrect this blog and let you know what’s in store for Whispering Roses in 2015!

I want to give a shout out to Kamirin of Crooked Stream photography, who did an incredible job with the photos, and Kim of Fetching Florals, whose flowers were beyond-stunning.

Cheers until next time,