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The Rogue Trio is an “unusual and dynamic combination of instruments” mixing high quality musicianship with ground-breaking compositions. Challenging the standard small ensemble, this violin, saxophone, and piano formation explores luscious timbres, uncommon repertoire, and brilliant tones. Appealing to non-classical and classical music audiences alike, the Rogue Trio unabashedly delves into crossover genres ranging from classical to folk to jazz. Heralding from Alabama, Iowa, and Oregon, the trio regularly collaborates with up-and-coming composers, in order to continue growing the breadth of repertoire for the ensemble. In 2015, The Rogue Trio combined forces with Spencer Arias on his He Said There Was No Sound, giving voice to the living survivors, families and friends of those affected by mass public shootings. Most recently, the trio commissioned the innovative composer Graham Cohen to write a triple concerto for violin, saxophone and piano which will be premiered with orchestra in early 2017. Performing often in the Phoenix area, the Rogue Trio frequently competes in chamber music competitions. In 2015, the trio participated in MTNA Chamber Competition and were chosen to be semi-finalists in the Coltman Chamber Music Competition, held in Austin, TX. Most recently, the ensemble attended the Fresh Inc Music Festival in Kenosha, WI and worked with members of the Fifth House Ensemble as well as enterprising young composers, premiering multiple new compositions. The group is comprised of three doctoral students currently finishing their Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees at Arizona State University. They regularly perform as soloists and in other small and large ensembles, in addition to their studies and projects in teaching and music recording. The Rogue Trio frequently performs at weddings and events in the Phoenix area. Founded in 2014, the trio includes violinist Kathleen Strahm, saxophonist Justin Rollefson, and pianist Mary Cota.


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