Academy Concerti Festival Soloists

Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra
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Bach Double Violin Concerto
with soloists Amelia Piscitelli and Kaylin Liu.

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Amelia Piscitelli, Violin

Kaylin Liu, Violin

Amelia Piscitelli, Principal Second Violinist, has enojoyed the music of Vivaldi since infancy and formally began playing the violin at the age of four. She has been studying with Drostan Hall since late Summer 2014. As a Freshman at Hammond Baptist High School, she greatly enjoys playing violin, teaching violin and performing with her two violin students as well as reading, cooking, baking, studying German, and being with her string-playing friends.

Kaylin Liu, an eighth grader, has been studying violin for 7 1/2 years. Kaylin’s teachers have included Thomas Wermuth with whom she studied for two years and Drostan Hall her current teacher. She has been prize winner of Chinese Confucius Competition, Glen Ellyn – Wheaton Music Scholarship Contest, as well as winner of 2014 Society of American Musicians Competition. She was featured in a duet solo in Allegro, a violin ensemble group from Western Springs Suzuki School which toured China in 2013. Aside from violin, Kaylin enjoys traveling, running and reading.

Vivaldi Concerto for Four Violins

Amelia and Kaylin (above) are joined by
Ellen Maloney and Justin Pham to perform
Vivaldi’s concerto for four violins

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Ellen Maloney, Concertmaster

Justin Pham, Violin

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.

Justin Pham has been playing the violin under the tutelage of Steven Sjobring for eight years and Drostan Hall for a year. Since 4th grade, he participated in many music festivals and camps including ILMEA Junior and Senior Festivals, Credo at Oberlin Music Conservatory. He won 1st place in the 2014-2015 Wheaton-Warrenville South Concerto Competition, and is currently the concert master of the WWHS Sinfonia orchestra. Justin will participate in the 2016 All State festival. He hopes to continue playing the violin in college.

Vivaldi Concerto for Two Cellos
performed by
Amanda Lozano and Kendra Standish.

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Amanda Lozano, Cello

Kendra Standish, Cello

Kendra Standish, assistant principle of Camerata Academy, has been studying cello since the age of four and is currently a student of Linc Smelser of Northern Illinois University. She is a homeschooled sophomore and enjoys running on the Oswego East High School cross country team. She is looking forward to performing the Vivaldi Double Cello Concerto with her stand partner Amanda Lozano in December.

Larsson Concertino for Double Bass and Strings
will be performed by Hannah Novak.


Hannah Novak, Double Bass


The Lowery Symphony No 1
is composed by Max Lowery
the Academy’s Principal Viola


Max Lowery, Composer and Principal Viola

Max performed the Telemann Viola concerto with the Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra in May 2015, to great acclaim. Now his musical talents will delight the audience at the Academy Concerti Festival concert as a composer on December 19, 2015 when the orchestra will perform his first Symphony.