Academy 2017 Spring Concerts




7pm FRIDAY MAY 5, 2017
Faith Community Church, Itasca

7pm SATURDAY MAY 6, 2017
Gary United Methodist Church, Wheaton

Vaughan Williams Violin Concerto Featuring virtuoso violinist

Ellen Maloney


Special Children's Segment: Ellen Maloney will perform the delightful classic story of Ferdinand the Bull for solo violin and narrator by Alan Ridout and Munro Leaf narrated by Drostan Hall in a special segment for children.

The Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra


From left to right: Joe Brackmann (cello), Ellen Maloney (violin), Amelia Piscitelli (violin), Joe Williamson (violin), Ashwin Moses (violin), Madeline Abel (Principal Violin II), Luca Warren (Principal Cello), Cameron Fuller (double bass), Lily Smith (viola), Isaac Lubben (violin), Allison Chang (principal viola), Kevin Shi (violin).

The string chamber orchestra comprises advanced high school students who play to a very high standard under the direction of conductor Drostan Hall.



Vaughan Williams Violin Concerto Academico
Ellen Maloney, violin (Concert Master)
Watch a brilliant video of Ellen

Ferdinand the Bull
Violin: Ellen Maloney | Narrator: Drostan Hall

Tchaikovsky String Serenade

Grieg's Elegaic Melodies




Academy Orchestra

The Academy is pictured here on November 20, 2016 at Gary United Methodist Church, where we are Ensemble-in-Residence.



Our December 10 Academy Orchestra broadcast on WFMT Introductions was wonderful to hear. Click here for the podcast.




Camerata Chicago Academy

Academy Orchestra on November 20, 2016 (10 of 12 students)

The Camerata Chicago Academy was founded in 2014 and is an orchestra comprising advanced high school students. Camerata Chicago Academy provides a marvelous opportunity for young musicians to perform in a professional atmosphere under the direction of an internationally known conductor, Drostan Hall, Camerata Chicago’s Music Director, who has 25 years of experience of training aspiring young musicians. The objective of the Academy orchestra is to achieve a very high level of music making to produce a disciplined and professional sound, allowing young musicians to learn to work together.

For ten years Maestro Hall conducted the Baroque Festival Orchestra, an accomplished training orchestra for students. Known for its high level, the orchestra garnered two invitations to perform on the WFMT radio show Introductions.

The Academy orchestra is very similar in size and scope to the BFO (see photo below). I invite you to listen to this live broadcast from WFMT’s Introductions of the BFO performing Frolicksome Finale from Benjamin Britten’s Simple Symphony. This broadcast illustrates the experience you will receive in the Camerata Chicago Academy.

The Academy Orchestra

Location: Gary Methodist Church, 224 North Main Street, Wheaton, IL 60187

Start Date: August 27, 2016 and Saturdays in the Fall and Spring Semesters.

Rehearsals Times: All rehearsals take place on Saturdays 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Concert Details: The Academy works towards high quality performances each Fall and Spring.

See these concerts on our ticket system. Tickets are only $10.

Repertoire: Featured repertoire includes music from the Baroque and classical periods and the string orchestra literature. On occasion, sectional rehearsals will be coached by a member of Camerata Chicago. Additionally, solo opportunities will be given to the most outstanding members of the ensemble and outside guest artists may be invited to solo with the orchestra.

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To audition for the Academy, please contact us here, or call 630-221-5555.


The Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra is the official
Ensemble in Residence at Gary Methodist Church, Wheaton:

Gary Methodist Church
224 North Main Street
Wheaton, IL60187

Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra Members Photos

Academy Orchestra Members Photos and Bios


Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra taken on November 20, 2016 by Gary Church.


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Joe Brackmann, Cello


Joseph Brackmann has studied cello with Carol Ourada at Wheaton College Community School of the Arts for 8 years where he has also participates in the cello choir and the chamber program. Joe is the principal cellist in the Concert Orchestra at Youth Symphony of DuPage for the past 2 years.  Joe was selected in 2012 and in 2014 to be in the Suzuki Youth Orchestra of the Americas at the SAA National Conference in Minneapolis. He enjoys attending the Chicago Suzuki Institute and the Japan Seattle Suzuki Institute each summer. The summer of 2012 and 2014 he
participated in chamber music sessions with the Chicago Trio, sponsored by the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. Joe is in the sixth grade at Franklin School where he is a member of his school orchestra and he plays in ensembles at his church. This is his first year with Camerata Chicago Academy.


Ashwin Moses, First Violin


Ashwin Moses, 17, has been playing the violin from the age of five. He was a student of Victoria Kuchta Szczepaniak, Edward Kreitman, and Thomas Wermuth of the Western Springs School of Talent Education and the Naperville Suzuki School where he was a member of the Allegro!!! String Performance Ensemble and the Chicago Consort. While at the school with Allegro!!!, he had the opportunity to perform at the ASTA national conference in Atlanta where the group won first place and worked with Dean Marshall and members of Barrage. He was a participant in a master class with Elizabeth Faidley, toured China with Allegro!!! as part of Dean Marshall’s League of Astonishing Strings and soloed in Greece on tour with the Chicago Consort in the summer of 2015.

Ashwin enjoys performing in the College Church orchestra, Gary Church and One Way Church services, and for One Way Ministries’ Shine Orchestra at Wentz Concert Hall. This spring, 2016, he was a member of the pit orchestra for the production of Peter Pan at Oswego East High School. In addition to playing the violin, Ashwin sings in an Honors Acapella Choir as a baritone. In the fall of 2015 he was a participant in the ILMEA vocal auditions.

He was awarded first and second place in the instrument divisions of the Communication Arts Festivals at North Central College. In early 2016, he was a participant in the DePaul Concerto Festival and the DuPage Symphony Young Artist Auditions where he was well received.

This is his second year playing with the Camerata Chicago Academy. He has been a student of Drostan Hall since the summer of 2015. He is interested in studying violin performance in college.

The Cello Section with Julian Schwarz

20160430_162106-0600x0500-masterclass-cellists-2Julian Schwarz (left) with Academy Orchestra cellists on April 30, 2016.
From left: Joe Brackmann, Joshua Leak (Principal), Luca Warren
and Christian Guillermo (now alumnus).

Amelia Piscitelli

Amelia Piscitelli 2015-10-08 0594x0594Amelia Piscitelli, Principal Second Violinist, has been smiling to classical music since infancy and formally began playing violin at the age of four. From 2009-2014, she studied violin with Debbie Edwards, then in late Summer 2014, she began studying with Drostan Hall, her current teacher. As a sophomore at Hammond Baptist High School, she greatly enjoys playing violin, teaching violin, and playing specials with her violin students at church. She relishes the chamber music opportunities afforded her at Sforzando String Camp for the last 7 summers and has been privileged to be a member of the Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra since 2015.


Ellen Maloney


Ellen Maloney, Concertmaster

In Addition to Ellen Maloney’s current position as Concertmaster for Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra, she is also a member of Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, CYSO Chamber Music Program, Glenbard West Orchestra and Glenbard West String Quartet. Read Ellen’s full biography.

Madeline Abel, Violin

Introducing one of our Academy Orchestra’s second violinists – Madeline Abel – an excellent team player! We’ve appreciated her enthusiasm about the upcoming concert on December 20. Do join us Saturday for some high-quality music-making. academyorchestra04-madelineabel-2-800



Concertmaster Ellen Maloney


Ellen Maloney

ellen-maloney-4-300Ellen Maloney is Concertmaster of the Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra.

Ellen Maloney is 15 years old and has been studying the violin for 6 Years. She is a Sophomore at Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn. In Addition to her current position as Concertmaster for Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra, she is also a member of Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, CYSO Chamber Music Program, Glenbard West Orchestra and Glenbard West String Quartet.

Ellen spent several years as a member of the Hall School of Music Training Orchestra and Baroque Festival Orchestra. She was also a member of the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra program where she was also a member of their Chamber Music Institute.

Ellen was honored as the Co-Winner of the 2012-13 EYSO Philharmonia Orchestra Young Artists Concerto Competition. In the last 2 years she has also received First Place in the Olympic Division of the Granquist Music Competition.


Ellen also enjoyed participating in the Illinois Music Educator’s Association District 9 Honors Orchestra and also the 2014 Glenbard West’s Honors Recital. Other memorable highlights have been performing on WFMT Radio in The Hall School of Music’s Baroque Festival Orchestra, as well as Masterclasses with Elena Urioste and Grammy nominated violinist, Caroline Goulding.

Ellen studies violin with Drostan Hall, Music Director and Conductor of Camerata Chicago and President of the Hall School of Music in Wheaton. She also works in collaboration with pianist, Sooka Wang of LaGrange.