Amelia Piscitelli featured in the WCAS Young Artists Showcase series


AMELIA PISCITELLI
Concertmaster, Academy Orchestra

YOUNG ARTISTS SHOWCASE CONCERT
Wheaton College Artists Series
Free Virtual Event, Wheaton

7:30 pm OCTOBER 24, 2020

INFORMATION | REGISTER

Our Academy Concertmaster Amelia Piscitelli will perform for the Wheaton College Artist Series at 7:30 pm on October 24, 2020. This concert premieres a new series called the Young Artist Showcase. The concert will be live-streamed from new Armerding Concert Hall in the Armerding Center for Music and the Arts. For more information call WCAS on 630-752-5099. The concert is free and you can register here.

WCAS

You can also download a podcast from 98.7WFMT of Amelia’s recent Introductions radio show here.

WFMT 98.7 LogoSee further information and Amelia’s biography.

Camerata Chicago Academy

Academy News

As well as our professional orchestra, Camerata Chicago runs an Academy of young musicians who perform to a very high standard.

July 2020: Amelia Piscitelli 98.7WFMT Introductions radio show Podcast

August 2020: We are arranging auditions for young musicians who would like to join the Academy.

Further information below!

98.7WFMT Podcast of Introductions Show with Amelia Piscitelli

The podcast of the 98.7WFMT Introductions radio show with Amelia Piscitelli, Concertmaster of the Academy Orchestra, is now available. The show was broadcast on Saturday July 18 and  profiled Introductions alum Amelia Piscitelli, currently between her freshman and sophomore years at college. Robbie Ellis presenter and producer looked back at her Introductions recital as a 15-year-old in 2016, as well as her work as concertmaster and soloist with two orchestras under the Camerata Chicago banner.

Amelia Piscitelli graduated as Salutatorian from Hammond Baptist High School in Schererville, Indiana in 2019. She is currently enrolled as a Music Performance major at Hyles-Anderson College, a Bible college in Crown Point, Indiana. Amelia has studied violin with Stephanie Allen and Debbie Edwards, and currently studied with Drostan Hall. She joined the Camerata Chicago Academy in 2015 and has been Concertmaster of the Academy Orchestra since 2017. She appeared live on WFMT’s Introductions in 2016. She has appeared as a soloist with Camerata Chicago on multiple occasions, including performing Vivaldi’s complete Four Seasons and recording them for DMD Records. She has also been Concertmaster of the Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra since 2017.

Amelia, Camerata Chicago, and the Joffrey Ballet are set to collaborate on another performance of the Four Seasons, with world-premier choreography, as part of the Wheaton College Artist Series in January 2021.

PODCAST Playlist

Melodie, from Orphée et Euridice, by Christoph Willibald Gluck
Amelia Piscitelli, violin
Cindy Trowbridge, piano
First broadcast December 3, 2016

Symphony No. 15 in G, K. 124, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
I. Allegro
Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra
Drostan Hall, conductor
Performed December 7, 2019

Violin Sonata No. 4 in D, HWV 371, by George Frideric Handel
I. Affetuoso
II. Allegro
Amelia Piscitelli, violin
Cindy Trowbridge, piano
First broadcast December 3, 2016

“Autumn” from The Four Seasons, by Antonio Vivaldi
Amelia Piscitelli, violin
Steve Robinson, narrator
Camerata Chicago
Drostan Hall, conductor
Released on DMD Classics DMD-03152019

Academy Auditions

Academy Auditions

The Camerata Chicago Academy is currently auditioning for additional members. To set up a consultation audition for your child (aged between 8 and 16) call Music Director Drostan Hall on 630-221-5555 or email us using our contact form.

About the Camerata Chicago Academy

The Camerata Chicago Academy comprises two groups – the Academy Orchestra aged 12 – 17 and the Junior Academy ensemble, aged 8 – 13. They are all very talented young musicians who play at a very high level and have given much joy to audiences over the last few years.

To get a feel for the standard of musicianship and performance listen to these audio recordings from the Senior Academy Orchestra, and see the videos below:

Mozart’s Symphony No. 15 Movt 1 performed on December 7, 2019:

Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 Movt. 1 performed on December 7, 2019:

Student Experience

  • Students come together on Saturday afternoons (Senior Academy) and Friday afternoons (Junior Academy) to rehearse orchestral works in preparation for a concert at the end of each semester (May and December). The rehearsals are an end in themselves. There are also two or more further performance opportunities in March and November.
  • The 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.
  • Different students at different times are given the opportunity to solo with the orchestra, such as a Bach or Vivaldi concerto, widening their experience of performance.
  • Academy concerts are promoted in much the same way as our professional orchestra with concertgoers paying to attend via our ticketing system.
  • See further information below, along with various videos.

Video Clip: Bach Harpsichord Concerto

Watch this amazing video clip of the Academy Orchestra and superb harpsichordist Kate Johnston performing Movt. 1 from Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto in D Minor recorded on November 17, 2019: (90 Seconds)


Video courtesy of Ariane Hall. Filmed at Gary United Methodist Church, Wheaton.

Video Clip: Mozart Symphony

Watch this fabulous short video clip of the marvelous Academy Orchestra performing Movt. 1 from Mozart’s Symphony No. 15 recorded on November 17, 2019: (60 seconds)


Video courtesy of Carol Johnston. Filmed at Gary United Methodist Church, Wheaton.

Ten years since Sir Charles Mackerras died

Sir Charles Mackerras, for many years International Advisor to Camerata Chicago, died ten years ago today, July 14.

Music Director Drostan Hall said: “We remember him fondly! He was a giant of the musical world and we are very grateful that he chose to become our International Advisor. It was a huge pleasure to work with him. He generously gave me several of his batons which I treasure! We miss him greatly.”

MackerrasLegacy.com has published some previously unreleased interviews Sir Charles gave. The site includes his nephew, Drostan Hall, conducting Camerata Chicago in a  performance of Beethoven Symphony No. 5 which Jon Tolansky compares directly with Sir Charles’s own recording with the Liverpool Philharmonic. It was concluded that the Mackerras spirit lives on in Drostan’s work as conductor. (From “Charles Mackerras Master Conductor” produced by Jon Tolanski for 98.7 WFMT.)

Photo Credit (c) 2007 Bartholomew Hall

98.7WFMT Broadcast: Introductions Amelia Piscitelli

This Saturday, 98.7WFMT Introductions radio show profiles Introductions alum Amelia Piscitelli, currently between her freshman and sophomore years at college. We look back at her Introductions recital as a 15-year-old in 2016, as well as her working as concertmaster and soloist with two orchestras under the Camerata Chicago banner.

Amelia Piscitelli graduated as Salutatorian from Hammond Baptist High School in Schererville, Indiana in 2019. She is currently enrolled as a Music Performance major at Hyles-Anderson College, a Bible college in Crown Point, Indiana. Amelia has studied violin with Stephanie Allen and Debbie Edwards, and currently studied with Drostan Hall. She joined the Camerata Chicago Academy in 2015 and has been Concertmaster of the Academy Orchestra since 2017. She appeared live on WFMT’s Introductions in 2016. She has appeared as a soloist with Camerata Chicago on multiple occasions, including performing Vivaldi’s complete Four Seasons and recording them for DMD Records. She has also been Concertmaster of the Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra since 2017.

Amelia, Camerata Chicago, and the Joffrey Ballet are set to collaborate on another performance of the Four Seasons, with world-premier choreography, as part of the Wheaton College Artist Series in January 2021.

Playlist

Melodie, from Orphée et Euridice, by Christoph Willibald Gluck
Amelia Piscitelli, violin
Cindy Trowbridge, piano
First broadcast December 3, 2016

Symphony No. 15 in G, K. 124, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
I. Allegro
Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra
Drostan Hall, conductor
Performed December 7, 2019

Violin Sonata No. 4 in D, HWV 371, by George Frideric Handel
I. Affetuoso
II. Allegro
Amelia Piscitelli, violin
Cindy Trowbridge, piano
First broadcast December 3, 2016

“Autumn” from The Four Seasons, by Antonio Vivaldi
Amelia Piscitelli, violin
Steve Robinson, narrator
Camerata Chicago
Drostan Hall, conductor
Released on DMD Classics DMD-03152019

Amelia Piscitelli Artist Profile

Amelia Piscitelli made her professional debut with Camerata Chicago in our October 2016 Sweetest Day Series and went on to perform the Vivaldi Four Seasons in October 2017. We are now recording the Four Seasons this summer for a new educational CD primarily for children which will include a performance of the complete work, the poetry Vivaldi wrote and numerous demonstrations of the sound effects he uses. As part of the recording project, we have two concerts to support the project on July 13 in Griffith and July 14 in Wayne.

The following video is Amelia’s debut with Camerata Chicago as part of the Sweetest Day Series in October 2016:

Amelia 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. 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.

Amelia is Concertmaster of the Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra. She performed an entire recital of virtuoso classics on 98.7WFMT Introductions on December 3, 2016. She was accompanied by Cindy Trowbridge and performed:

Violin Sonata No. 4 in D Major, HWV371, George Frideric Handel
– Movement 1 – Affettuoso
– Movement 2 – Allegro
Romanze Op. 26, Johan Svendsen
Praeludium and Allegro “in the Style of Pugnani”, Fritz Kreisler
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Fritz Kreisler
Melodie, Christoph Willibald Gluck
Scherzo tarantelle, Op.16, Henri Wieniawski

Academy

Camerata Chicago Academy

The Camerata Chicago Academy was founded in 2014 and there are two orchestras comprising advanced students.

The Academy Orchestra: Advanced high-school students play as a string orchestra.

The Junior Academy: Students aged 8 – 12 playing as a small chamber ensemble.

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.

Academy Schedule

The Academy Orchestra

Location: Gary Methodist Church, 224 North Main Street, Wheaton, IL 60187
Dates: 2020 Fall Semester start date September 14, 2020 and subsequent Mondays
Rehearsal Times: All rehearsals take place on Mondays 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Junior Academy

Location: St. John Lutheran Church, Wheaton, IL 60187
Dates: September 11, 2020 and subsequent Fridays.
Rehearsal Times: All rehearsals take place on Fridays 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Concert Details

The Academy works towards high quality performances each Fall and Spring. The 2019 Fall Semester Concert for the Academy Orchestra and the Junior Academy ensemble took place on December 7, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church, Wheaton. We are aiming to have a concert for the Fall 2020 Semester if possible.

See current concerts on our ticket system. Tickets for Academy concerts are only $15 and concertgoers aged 16 and under are admitted free with a paying adult.

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.

Location

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