Biography

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Cellist Chenoa Orme-Stone is an active performer and music educator currently residing in Santa Barbara, California. She has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral musician in concert venues across the United States and Europe.

An avid chamber musician, Chenoa has performed with renowned chamber ensembles, such as the Diamond Ensemble, and been featured in numerous concert series including PULSAR Festival of Contemporary Music, Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival, and CAMA. She is currently a member of the graduate string quartet in residence at the University of California Santa Barbara, and has been coached in chamber music by Tim Frederiksen, Peter Stumpf, Federico Agostini, and members of the Pacifica, Danish, Calder, and Cypress Quartets. Chenoa is the founder and artistic director of Lotus Chamber Music Festival in Walla Walla, WA.

As an orchestral musician, Chenoa has performed under the baton of celebrated conductors such as Kurt Masur, David Loebel, Carl St. Clair, David Efron, Christian Badea, Kristjan Järvi, and Michael Schønwandt. While studying at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, she regularly performed with the Copenhagen Philharmonic and the Royal Danish Opera Orchestra. She currently performs with various orchestras throughout southern California.

Photo by  Zach Mendez

Photo by Zach Mendez

In addition to performing, Chenoa has extensive teaching experience and maintains a full studio of private cello students. Her students have won positions in top youth orchestras and festivals, such as the Interlochen Arts Academy. They have passed with honors from the Certificate of Merit Program, the Royal Conservatory Examinations, and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Exams. In 2015, Chenoa published a grade system for learning cello, and was invited to give a public lesson in a teaching masterclass with Dr. Géza Szilvay, the creator of the internationally renowned Colourstrings method. Chenoa has taught at schools and music education programs such as the University of California Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Symphony Music Education Center, Santa Barbara Strings, Westmont Academy for Young Artists, the Copenhagen International School, and Seattle Music Partners. 

Chenoa grew up in Seattle, Washington and fell in love with the cello at age four. She attended the Seattle Conservatory of Music pre-college program and earned her Bachelor of Music degree at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music as a student of Emilio Colón. She holds a Master of Music degree from the Royal Danish Academy of Music, where she studied with Morten Zeuthen. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of California Santa Barbara under the tutelage of Jennifer Kloetzel. Additional past instructors include Marc Coppey and Rajan Krishnaswami. Chenoa has also been invited to perform in masterclasses for distinguished cellists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Martin Menking, Astrid Schween, David Geber, Eric Kim, Anthony Elliot, and Chu Yi-Bing. 

Chenoa performs on an 1890 Collin-Mezin cello made in France.

Photo by  Zach Mendez

Photo by Zach Mendez