Katherine's music and social accomplishments are matched by an outstanding business career. She is Vice President of Fruit Hill Orchard, Inc., the sixth largest apple producer in the United States. She is the founder of Fruit Hill Slices LLC, a distributor of Virginia-grown sliced apples. Principal customers are Virginia public schools and retail stores.
In addition to music ministry and other church activities, Katherine is extensively involved in community service. She is the former chairman of the Advisory Board for the McCormick Civil War Institute of Shenandoah University, past president of the Fort Collier Civil War Center, Inc., serves on the Board of Directors of Preservation of Historic Winchester and is the current chairman of the Fort Collier Project at PHW. Katherine also serves on the Board of Directors of the Frederick County Farm Bureau, is a member of the Community History Project of Shenandoah University and was appointed by the Virginia State Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections to the Farmland Protection Task Force, established in March 2000.
In spite of her busy schedule, Katherine still finds time to be a full-time mother to daughter Emily, 15, and son Robert, 12. CCFC is blessed to have in ministry a woman of such talent, energy and devotion to the Lord. Katherine lives her faith and is, indeed, a light unto the world.
Katherine Solenberger has been our Music Minister since February 2005. She directs the choir, plays piano for regular and special services and children's events. Katherine also arranges and organizes special music performances with a variety of singers and musicians and plays guitar and banjo. With a professional quality voice Katherine not only sings soprano with the choir, but is a stand-out in a number of other styles from gospel to country to contemporary.
A lifetime resident of the Winchester area, Katherine took a Bachelor of Music-Composition degree from Shenandoah University in 1985 and a Master of Music in 1987. Beautiful as well as gifted musically, she was Miss Apple Queen USA in 1981, Miss Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1982, Miss Apple Blossom Festival in 1984 and First Runner-up Miss Virginia in 1984.
Our Music Minister Katherine Solenberger
It is my greatest honor in this life to be a servant of God and spread the Good News to everyone I meet. As long as there is life, there is hope, and as long as I have breathe, I will serve the Lord.
My faith experience has been a process of growing and learning about God and His Kingdom. I have been privileged to serve the Lord for some 40 years as the Lord began speaking to me about giving my life to Him. I am so thankful to have said yes to our Savior and followed His calling.
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