Meet The Receptionists
The Receptionists are happy to take your call and provide innovative string chamber music for your event. From classical to rock, the ensemble is available for weddings, parties, corporate events, recording sessions, and as a backup string section for traveling bands.
Acoustic or Electric, our musicians can perform "live and unplugged" (classical style) or amplified to carry the energy of your party, event, or show.
You are welcome to request the ensemble that fits your need! We have a fantastic roster of talented artists.
Originally from the Black Hills, Jessica Catron spent nearly 15 years making music in Los Angeles and relocated to Missoula in the summer of 2013. She received a B.M. in Cello Performance from the University of New Mexico and then her M.F.A. in Cello Performance from the California Institute of the Arts. Throughout her higher education, Jessica was awarded full scholarships for music performance and study.
Jessica spent the majority 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 (of Geraldine Fibbers/Evangelista), Harold Budd, Nels Cline, Devotchka, The Eels, Fun, Trevor Hall, The Heavy, Lavender Diamond, Eleni Mandell, Dave Matthews, Alissa Moreno, Alexi Murdoch, Sheila Nicholls, Linda Ronstadt, Spiritualized, James Tenney, Corin Tucker (of Sleater-Kinney), Steve Vai, Vitamin String Quartet, Voco, Scott Weiland, Emily Wells, The White Buffalo, and Wilco. In addition to live performance, 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.
As a music teacher, Jessica worked for over eight years as a teaching artist for YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles) - a partnership of the Harmony Project and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Through YOLA, she worked regularly with four youth orchestras, string ensembles, led fiddle and singing workshops, and had over 32 cello students in group classes and private lessons four days
per week. 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. She recently finished up an artist-in-residence at the UCLA Hammer Museum, and has lead music workshops at the University of Auckland (NZ), Universidad de Bogota (Columbia), University of Nebraska - Omaha, Cornish College (Seattle, WA), University of New Mexico, Lake Tahoe Unified (CA), Port Chester School District (NY), Community Music Works (RI), and the California State Summer School for the Arts, among many others.In Missoula, Jessica can be seen as a member of the Missoula Symphony Orchestra as well as sitting in with the Helena and Glacier Symphonies. In addition to her private teaching studio, she has subbed as a music teacher at Sussex School and through MCPS. Locally, Jessica freelances, is the founder of The Receptionists, plays cello in a string supergroup consisting of Amelia Thornton, Geoffrey Taylor, and Jeremy Drake, she occasionally sits in with rock band The Shiveries, and writes music and sings for her band Missincinatti. Over the past three years, Jessica has been developing her most fulfilling projects to date - raising two young boys - with her husband Jeremy and their curmudgeonly cat, Henry. They moved to Missoula to raise family and are thrilled to be a part of this community!
Amelia is a violin instructor, freelance performer, and recording artist based out of Missoula, MT, who specializes in alternative violin styles such as bluegrass, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk, and Norwegian hardingfele music. She is an active member of the Hardanger Fiddle Association of America, National Association for Music Education, and the American Federation of Musicians Western Montana Musicians Local 498-642. An accomplished classical performer as well, Amelia completed her Masters of Music in Violin Performance at Ohio University, studying under Dr. Solomiya Ivakhiv and Dr. Stephen Miahky. She earned her Bachelor of Music with Elective Studies in Business from the University of Puget Sound where she studied violin with Dr. Maria Sampen and Timothy Christie. She currently performs in the Missoula Symphony Viola Section and Glacier Symphony Violin Section. In 2009, she studied traditional Irish fiddling with Brendan Mulkere at the Hammersmith Irish Cultural Center in London.
As active offstage as she is onstage, Amelia is the sole proprietor of Artwork Strings, providing music lessons, performances, management, marketing, website and branding design, and festival management. She has served as the Production Manager for the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, Workshop Manager for Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop and Festival, and Camp Counselor for Center Stage Strings Music Camp.
Amelia is Co-Director of the wedding ensemble, The Receptionists Music LLC, a member of the John Floridis Quartet, and a founding member of Dean & Riley, a folk duo that performed from 2014 through 2015 and released a record called "Clouds Roll By" (find on
iTunes and Spotify). She was an original member of the Tacoma-based “newgrass” band, Barleywine Revue and is featured as a songwriter on their first self-titled album. Amelia can be heard on records by jazz and rock bands: The Captain Wilson Conspiracy, Azul Yael, and The Rivera. Always looking for alternative string styles, in the Spring of 2014 Amelia performed the world premiere of composer Matthew Burtner's electro-acoustic "Deep Earth", commissioned by the NoBrow Collective based in Athens, OH.
Amelia has performed in masterclasses and private classes with Orli Shaham, The Lenore Trio, composer Erik Griswold, Kenneth Goldsmith, and has shared the stage with Dweezil Zappa, Tim Miller, Kirk Covington, Adam Nitti, and Kurt Morgan at the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival Workshop.