School of Music

Amy Catron –

Concert cellist Amy Catron has established herself as one of the leading performers of her generation. She has toured and recorded extensively as a soloist and in chamber and orchestral settings throughout the United States, Europe, China, and Japan. She has appeared as a soloist with Sinfonia da Camera, Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana (BACH), Charlotte Symphony in Florida, Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Olivet Nazarene Symphony, Illini Symphony, Millikin Wind Ensemble, and Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra.

As a solo and chamber musician, she tackles repertoire ranging from the Renaissance Era to contemporaneity. Her interest in early music led to highly praised appearances as a viola da gamba player and a fruitful collaboration with Illinois’s BACH Orchestra. Catron is also an avid promoter of new music, performing and premiering many works by living composers. Her CD, Particles and Prayer, won a Global Music Award silver medal in March 2019.

Catron has been broadcast live on WILL FM. She performed the world première of Carlos Carillo’s O Casi el Alma for Cello and Orchestra, dedicated to her and commissioned in collaboration with Sinfonia da Camera, on February 13, 2015, at the Krannert Center in Urbana, Illinois. She has also given world premieres and recorded Robert Chumbley’s ParticIe I for solo cello and Particle II for cello and wind Ensemble. In April 2019, she was featured soloist with the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra performing Osvaldo Golijov’s Azul. 

An active orchestra musician, Catron is currently principal cellist with Sinfonia da Camera and Millikin-Decatur Symphony and associate principal with Illinois Symphony and Illinois Chamber Orchestras. Before moving to the Midwest, she was a member of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra (Florida) and performed with the Akron and Canton Symphonies (Ohio) and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra (Virginia). 

In high demand as a jury member and clinician, Catron has taught and performed widely at music festivals, including InterHarmony International Music Festival (Italy), Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Illinois Wesleyan Chamber and Cello Camps, Bands of America, Illinois Summer Youth Music Programs, and the International Chamber Music Festival in Bulgaria, where she was named Artistic Director for 2015. She has also been a collaborative faculty member at Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State Universities. She reviews new publications regularly in the National American String Teachers Association quarterly journal. 

Catron studied at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester (New York) and the University of Akron (Ohio) and is currently pursuing a DMA in Music Education from Boston University (Massachusetts). She is also active in the Suzuki Association of America, American Federation of Musicians, and Music Teachers National Association. Her principal teachers were Michael Haber and Pamela Frame. She has also advanced her studies at music festivals and in masterclass sessions with Paul Katz, Yehuda Hanani, Carter Brey, and with the Cleveland and Kronos Quartets.

Catron currently resides in Decatur, Illinois where she is the String Area Coordinator and Instructor at Millikin University.