Biography

 Photo by  Zach Mendez

Photo by Zach Mendez

Cellist Chenoa Orme-Stone is a highly sought-after performer and music educator in California. She has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral member in concert venues across the United States and Europe. Chenoa has experience with both early and contemporary music, as well as a diverse array of music genres such as folk and pop music settings. 

An avid chamber musician, Chenoa has been featured in numerous chamber music festivals including PULSAR Festival of Contemporary Music and Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival. She has performed with the Diamond Ensemble, the resident chamber music ensemble at the Royal Danish Library. Chenoa has been coached in chamber music by the Pacifica Quartet, the Danish String Quartet, Tim Frederiksen, Peter Stumpf, Federico Agostini, Jonathan Moerschel, and Robert Koenig. She has also been invited to perform in chamber music masterclasses for distinguished musicians such as Martin Beaver, Julia Lichten, the Juilliard String Quartet, and the Calidore String Quartet. 

 

As an orchestral musician, Chenoa has performed under the baton of conductors such as David Efron, Nir Kabaretti, Kristian Järvi, Carl St. Clair, Christian Badea, and Eugene Tzigane. She currently performs with the Santa Barbara Symphony, San Luis Obispo Symphony, Opera San Luis Obispo Grand Orchestra, and the Santa Maria Philharmonic. Past orchestral experience includes the Copenhagen Philharmonic, the Royal Danish Opera Orchestra, the Royal Danish Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, and Indiana University Orchestras.

In addition to performing, Chenoa has extensive teaching experience and maintains a full studio of private cello students. In 2015, she 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 also 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, 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 Alisa Weilerstein, 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.

Click here to download Chenoa's Resume/CV.