Jessica Catron spent much of her professional life in Los Angeles where she worked as a freelance performing artist and educator. Some of her musical adventures include touring, performing, and/or recording with artists including Carla Bozulich (Geraldine Fibbers), Harold Budd, Nels Cline (Wilco), Devotchka, The Eels, Fun., Trevor Hall, The Heavy, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Eleni Mandell, Dave Matthews, Tim Meyers (One Republic), Alexi Murdoch, Sheila Nicholls, Linda Ronstadt, Spiritualized, James Tenney, Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney), Steve Vai, Vitamin String Quartet, VOCO, Wailin' Jennys, Scott Weiland, Emily Wells, The White Buffalo, and Wilco. Jessica has appeared on The Tonight Show, The Late Late Show, the NBC Music Video Awards, KPFK's Global Village, KUSC's Arts Alive, and has been a soloist for films Mean Creek, The Strangers, The Covenant, and Levity. She has also worked as a collaborator, performer, arranger, and music director with exceptional visual and performance artists such as Mike Kelley, Susan Silton, Scott Benzel, and Stephen Prina.
In 2011, Jessica accepted an invitation to be the first distinguished musical-artist-in-residence at the UCLA Hammer Museum (Los Angeles) for an 8-month residency where she created sound installations, experimental sound performances throughout the museum, curated performances inspired by the museum's collection of Ed Ruscha works, and curated weekly chamber music performances open to the public. Always interested in sharing both her knowledge and love of music, Jessica has lead music workshops at the University of Auckland (NZ), Universidad de Bogota (Columbia), University of Nebraska (Omaha), Cornish College (Seattle), University of New Mexico (Albuquerque), Lake Tahoe Unified Schools (CA), Port Chester School District (NY), Community Music Works (RI), and the California State Summer School for the Arts (LA), among many others.
As a master teaching artist, Jessica worked for eight years as the lead cello mentor for YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles) - an El Sistema-inspired partnership of the Harmony Project and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by Maestro Gustavo Dudamel. Through YOLA, she worked regularly with four youth orchestras and several string ensembles, conducting, leading fiddle and singing workshops, and had 32 cello students in both group classes and private lessons. Her students have had the fortune of sitting beside LA Phil musicians in concert, backing up Stevie Wonder, Journey, and The Black Eyed Peas at the Hollywood Bowl, performing with Grace Potter and Sharon Stone on the Tonight Show, playing chamber music next to Condoleeza Rice, and traveling to the White House to play for Michelle Obama and Joshua Bell. Many of her students have continued on to prestigious music schools and conservatories worldwide.
In Missoula, Jessica can be seen as a member of both the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Glacier Symphony. In addition to her full private teaching studio (both online and in person), she has subbed as a music teacher at Sussex School and for MCPS. Jessica plays in The Receptionists string duo, leads music workshops, founded and arranges music for the Cello Mafia, String Mafia and Viol Conspiracy, and writes music and sings with her avant-folk band Missincinatti. In the summer of 2018, she was chosen as Open Air's sound-artist-in-residence at the Rattlesnake Creek Dam, spending 6-weeks creating a place-based composition from field recordings made in and around the now demolished historic location.
Over the past several years, Jessica has been developing her most fulfilling projects to date - raising two amazing kids - with her sweetie, Jeremy. They love family game nights, traveling whenever possible, snuggling, asking Google random factoids, making tacos, raising four hens and two cats, taking saunters in the woods, floating rivers, hiking and camping, spending time with their extended family, and eating those potato donuts in Ravalli, MT whenever possible.
Jessica is currently accepting students worldwide via Zoom. She is available for one-on-one coaching with both students and young professionals seeking guidance on performance careers, running a music business, musical entrepreneurship, private/group teaching, freelancing, and/or putting steps in place to make your specific dream a reality! Lessons are available on a weekly or by-appointment basis. Click the registration button below.