Cannon Valley Trio was founded after playing together in the Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra. With mutual joy and passion for making music together, we began exploring trio music. We each have at least one degree in music, and our repertoire includes music of various genres: Baroque, Classical, Jazz Standards, and Contemporary/Popular.
Individual Biographical Information:
Dr. Philip Stoltzfus, has been the Concertmaster of the Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra (CVRO) since 2021. Stoltzfus has a music degree in violin performance from Goshen (IN) College, where he studied under Lon Sherer. He performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the CVRO recently and regularly performs chamber music at the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival in Harrisonburg, VA. Stoltzfus has an M.Div. and Th.D. in modern theology from Harvard Divinity School and has taught theology, ethics, philosophy, biblical studies, and peace studies at Bethel College (KS), St. Olaf College, the University of St. Thomas (Justice and Peace Studies department), and United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. Phil is author of Theology as Performance: Music, Aesthetics, and God in Western Thought (New York: T. & T. Clark, 2006), and is co-founder and co-chair of the Music and Religion Group of the American Academy of Religion.
Rose Sorenmann started playing cello in the fourth grade in the Hartford, Wisconsin public schools. She received her Bachelor of Music - Applied Cello from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, studying with Paul Kosower. She then studied with Tanya Remenikova at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Campus, where she earned her Master of Music - Cello Performance. Over the years Rose has performed in numerous regional orchestras including, Rochester, Winona, Chippewa Valley, and LaCrosse Symphonies. She was a member of the Cavelle Chamber Ensembles in Minneapolis for more than 20 years, as well as a freelance studio musician. Rose lives in Northfield, Minnesota.