Daniel Sommerville

Daniel Sommerville, ConductorConductor Daniel Sommerville is Professor of Orchestral Studies at the Conservatory of Music of Wheaton College, where he conducts the award-winning Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra (third place in The American Prize for college/university orchestra performance, 2012) and teaches conducting. Under his leadership, the orchestra has collaborated with such notable musicians as Sylvia McNair, Marvin Hamlisch, The Hubbard Street Dance Company II, Joel Grey, as well as many of the outstanding faculty performers of the Conservatory of Music. In addition, Dr. Sommerville has prepared the orchestra for the eminent conductor John Nelson on seven major choral-orchestral collaborations over the past twenty years. Other notable musicians with whom Dr. Sommerville has collaborated include Alexandre Da Costa, Christopher Frohn, Judith Ingolfsson, Ignaz Michieles, Albert Wang, Oliver Colbentson, Douglas Yeo, Denis Azabagic, Nicholas Roth, Gwynne Geyer, William Dresden, and Vakhtang Kodonashvili. He has served as conductor for the Alexander Toradze Piano Festival in South Bend, Indiana. Collaborations with notable jazz musicians include Frank Mantooth, Rob Parton, and Margaret Carlson.

As a teacher of conducting, Dr. Sommerville has been one of two master teachers at daniel-sommerville-3493-0300x0450one of the Conductors Guild National Workshops, at which the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra was the host orchestra. He has also served as one of two master teachers at the national conference of the College Orchestra Directors Association held in Atlanta. In both instances, he coached promising young conductors from across the country, from undergraduate students to post-doctorate.

Daniel Sommerville holds Masters and Doctorate degrees in music from Northwestern University. In addition, he has studied conducting with such notable conductors as Sir Georg Solti and Herbert Blomstedt. Past conducting posts include the Elkhart County Symphony Orchestra (Indiana), the Westminster Chamber Orchestra (Illinois) and the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra of Chicago. He has been guest conductor of the Sarajevo Philharmonic in Bosnia. He has had recent guest conducting appearances with the Fox Valley Orchestra and the DuPage Symphony Orchestra, and is an active clinician and guest conductor for high school honors orchestras.


Mozart Birthday Celebration Concerts 2017

Photos from our rehearsals for Mozart Birthday Celebration weekend.

Tickets January 27 Wheaton

A stunning show on January 27 combining the best of ballet with outstanding orchestral performance. Joffrey Academy of Dance performs with us at the Artist Series. Celebrating Mozart’s birthday, you will be treated to his 25th Symphony and the overture to La Finta Giardiniera, as well as Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings and Saint-Saens Valse-Caprice with pianist Sun Chang.

Tickets January 28 Chicago

In the January 28 concert in Chicago we will perform these great works in their purely orchestral form in Chicago at Fourth Church where we are Orchestra-in-Residence.

January 26 Rehearsal: Full Orchestra and Joffrey Academy of Dance


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January 24 Rehearsal: Strings



January 24: Conductor Drostan Hall with Concert Master Mathias Tacke
January 27
Mozart Birthday Celebration
Wheaton College Artist Series with the Joffrey Academy of Dance
January 28
Mozart Birthday Celebration
Chicago at Fourth Church

Mozart Mass in C Minor Videos


The Mozart C Minor Mass performed by Camerata Chicago with the Fourth Church Choral Society on Friday November 11, 2016 conducted by Drostan Hall. This concert is in memory of Lois Z. Jackson Farnsworth 1924–2016.

Laura Perkett, Soprano
Kimberly Gunderson, Soprano II
Cole Seaton, Tenor
Daniel Richardson, Bass

This performance is a collaboration with Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago and celebrates Camerata Chicago’s appointment as Orchestra-in-Residence.

At the heart of the Fourth Church Choral Society are members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Lyric Opera, directed by John W. Sherer.

Many thanks to Fourth Presbyterian Church and Eric Arunas of 98.7WFMT.

Sweetest Day Series 2016 Videos

Videos presented here are from the Sweetest Day Series 2016:
October 14, 2016: Chicago Fourth Presbyterian Church
October 16, 2016: Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts


Steve Robinson Award Presentation

Mary Mahaffey presents a plaque to 98.7WFMT Steve Robinson

98.7WFMT Vice President Steve Robinson was presented with an award for his huge contribution to Chicago music and musicians on October 14, 2016 by Mary Mehaffey, a Member of the Board of Camerata Chicago. The award represents the Steve Robinson Associate Concert Master Chair of the orchestra. Steve retired from 98.7 WFMT at the end of the summer.

October 14, 2016: Chicago Fourth Presbyterian Church

Atterberg Suite for Strings, Violin & Viola

Mathias Tacke, Violin (Concert Master); Rose Armbrust, Viola (Principal Viola)

October 14, 2016: Chicago Fourth Presbyterian Church

October 16, 2016: Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts

Camerata Chicago would like to thank the Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts for presenting this concert on October 16, 2016 as part of their series and for graciously allowing us to have our videographer capture the event.

Svendsen Romance for Violin & Orchestra

15 year old Amelia Piscitelli, violin

October 14, 2016: Chicago

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WFMT Introductions Broadcast Amelia Piscitelli


Academy violinist Amelia Piscitelli live



WFMT invited Amelia to perform live this Saturday morning. Amelia is Associate Concert Master (first violin) in the Academy Orchestra and recently made her professional debut with Camerata Chicago as part of our Sweetest Day series.

She performed the Svendsen Romance for Violin and Orchestra on October 16, 2016:

November 11 Mozart C Minor Mass Photos

In Concert

Photos from the concert of the Mozart Mass in C Minor with the Fourth Church Choral Society on Thursday November 11th taken by Lydia Hoover who has kindly given us permission to publish them:


In Rehearsal

Photos from the rehearsal on Thursday November 10th taken by Jeff Nelson who has kindly given us permission to publish them:

Photo Credit (c) Jeff Nelson


Photo Credit (c) Jeff Nelson

Photo Credit (c) Jeff Nelson

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We will be adding many more photos .. and captions of who musicians are.