Academy 2018 Fall Concert


The Academy Orchestra. Photo Credit: Luca WarrenEnjoy the beautiful playing of the Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra comprising excellent young musicians who will perform Baroque lyrical classics. They are joined by the Junior Academy, a second, smaller ensemble of students aged 8 – 14, who will play three short Baroque masterpieces.


Concertgoers aged 16 and under admitted free

About the Camerata Chicago Academy

The Camerata Chicago Academy comprises two groups – the Academy Orchestra and the Junior Academy ensemble. They are all very talented young musicians who play at a very high level and have given much joy to audiences in the past.

The Academy Orchestra (the ‘senior academy’) is proud to play with Concert Master Amelia Piscitelli, the 17 year old violin virtuoso, who is presently recording the Vivaldi Four Seasons Educational Project with the Camerata Chicago professional orchestra. The CD recording will be released world wide and will be available in many schools in the Wheaton and West Chicago area.

Friday’s concert is extremely child friendly, is approximately 1 hour long, and there is a cookie reception following the performance during which you can meet and mingle with the artists. It is always a lot of fun.

Adult tickets are only $15, children are free. Bring friends and most of all bring your children and grand-children. Seeing and hearing other young musicians perform in this kind of forum can be an amazing inspiration for them.

Watch the videos to see how excellent these musicians are – you will be amazed!

Academy Orchestra Repertoire – Baroque Concerti:

  • Bach Double Violin Concerto
    – with violinists Amelia Piscitelli and Kevin Shi.
  • Vivaldi Concerto for Four Violins
    – with four soloists – violinists Amelia Piscitelli, Kevin Shi, Tabitha Rea and Ananya Moses.

Junior Academy Repertoire – Baroque String Classics:

  • Hornpipe from Handel’s Water Music.
  • Bach Minuet.
  • Martini Gavotte.

Solo Violinists:

  • Amelia Piscitelli
  • Kevin Shi
  • Tabitha Rea
  • Ananya Moses
Academy soloists December 14, 2018 concert

Soloists: Tabitha Rea, Ananya Moses, Amelia Piscitelli and Kevin Shi

Watch the Academy Orchestra, its Concert Master Amelia Piscitelli, and soloists Kevin Shi and Luca Warren performing the Vivaldi Concerto for Two Violins and Cello. (Post is below if you are on the Academy or Concerts page.)

The Junior Academy

The Junior Academy has been going for several years and made its performance debut at the Academy’s Christmas 2017 concert. Some members perform in both the Junior Academy Ensemble and the Academy Orchestra.

2018 Junior Academy Photo credit: Luca Warren (c) 2018

Charlotte Ries, Abby Gordeuk, Kate Johnston, Iselin Byars, Sylvia Byars, Alexsia Nenadovich, Drostan Hall, Eva Dalmas, Lawrence Hall, Audrianna Hall, Ian Dalmas.

The Academy Orchestra

The Academy Orchestra November 2018

From Left: Kate Johnston, Luca Warren, Natasha Ninan, Mark Gordeuk, Tabitha Rea, Drostan Hall, Ananya Moses, Kevin Shi, Audrianna Hall, Cameron Fuller, Amelia Piscitelli (Concert Master), Sylvia Byars. Photo kindly provided by our cellist and resident photographer Luca Warren (c) 2018


Children go for free!

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Academy 2018 Videos

Academy 2018: Vivaldi Concerto No. 11 for Two Violins and Cello

Amelia Piscitelli, violin | Kevin Shi, violin | Luca Warren, Cello

May 5, 2018: Wheaton

Svendsen Romance for Violin & Orchestra

Academy Concert Master Amelia Piscitelli
performs with the full professional
Camerata Chicago orchestra.

October 14, 2016: Chicago

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Camerata Chicago Academy Roster

Academy Orchestra
Musicians Roster Fall 2018

Amelia Piscitelli
Kevin Shi
Tabitha Rea
Ananya Moses
Audrianna Hall
Natasha Ninan

Mark Gordeuk
Sylvia Byars

Luca Warren

Cameron Fuller

Kate Johnston

Junior Academy
Musicians Roster Fall 2018

Audrianna Hall
Abby Gordeuk
Ian Dalmas
Alexsia Nenadovich
Eva Dalmas

Sylvia Byars

Charlotte Ries
Iselin Byars

Lawrence Hall

Kate Johnston

Fine Arts Building

Fine Arts Building

410 S Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL, 60605


The Fine Arts Building is easily accessible by the CTA Red/Blue line Jackson stop, and the Orange/Brown/Purple/Pink line Harold Washington Library stop.

The Metra Van Buren stop is on Michigan Ave, right across from the Fine Arts Building.

Bus lines North – South along Michigan Avenue are 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 20, 56, 60, 147, 151.
126 Bus runs East – West along Jackson to Michigan.
29, 62, 146 and 148 Busses drop off two blocks West on State Street.


The Fine Arts Building is located directly above the Grant Park South Parking Garage.

Grant Park South Garage
325 S Michigan Ave

ABM Parking
55 E Jackson Blvd

Congress Hotel/Park 1
65 E Harrison St

Wabash/Park 1
410 S Wabash Ave

Academy 2018 Photos


Academy Concert Master Amelia Piscitelli

Virtuoso violinist Amelia Piscitelli will perform Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

Virtuoso 17 year old violinist Amelia Piscitelli is Concert Master of the Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra and has performed with our professional orchestra many times.

Academy 2017

Academy Orchestra on November 19, 2017 at Gary United Methodist Church, Wheaton. Photography by Thomas E. Hurley

Photo taken on November 19, 2017 by photogrpaher Thomas Hurley, Wheaton.

Receive a free gift of our superb CD of Amelia Piscitelli performing the Svendsen Romance with Camerata Chicago when you make a donation to the orchestra.



Sacred Music 2018


Enjoy the outstanding musical artistry of Camerata Chicago and its new choir performing the Messiah (Part I – Christmas) by Handel with the Hallalujah Chorus and the Magnificat by Bach! At the heart of our elite choir are some of the top choristers in Chicago. We have six wonderful soloists all conducted by Maestro Drostan Hall:

Robin Wiper, Soprano
Matteo Warren, Boy Soprano
Michelle Wrighte, Soprano
Denise Gamez, Alto
Timothy Bentch, Tenor
Stephen Morscheck, Bass

Messiah Soloists 2018


We are very grateful to the Tyndale House Foundation
for its generous support of this sacred music series.

Sponsored by Tyndale House Foundation


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We have a range of ticket types on our ticket system – select the front rows with a VIP ticket or choose tickets for children. All concertgoers of age 16 and under can go for free with a paying adult! For the Wheaton concert we are also supporting Clapham School as part of our mission to educate and inspire the next generation. We will donate to Clapham School any portion above $25 of a Clapham School Benefit ticket sold.

Discounts are available online only, not at the door, so if you have a coupon code please buy tickets online! Click here for details of how to use a discount coupon code.



We are grateful to Prime Blend for its generous support of our concerts.

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16 & Under
For concertgoers of 16 & Under attending with a paying adult.
Front rows are reserved for VIP ticket holders.
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Portion above $25 of the ticket will be donated to Clapham School.


The concert at College Church is presented by Camerata Chicago. It is not sponsored by or a function of College Church and its events. Text or call: (773) 774-1074

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Sacred Music 2017 Videos

Back Magnificat 2017

Timothy Bentch
November 17, 2017: Chicago
Deposuit potentes

Timothy Bentch and Denise Gamez
November 17, 2017: Chicago
Magnificat Et misericordia

Handel Zadok the Priest 2017

The Camerata Chicago choir and orchestra perform Zadok the Priest
November 17, 2017: Chicago
Zadok the Priest – God Save the King

We have two Sacred Music concerts coming up in November 2018 performing Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Magnificat.


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Messiah Soloists

We have six great soloists for our Messiah and Magnificat concerts on November 2 in Chicago and November 2 in Wheaton:

Robin Wiper – Soprano

1S-robinwiper-0150x0180Robin Wiper received her Masters Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and has had the blessing to learn from many famous Master Clinicians, Teachers and Coaches during her 25 -plus years of study, performance and teaching. She has studied acting, directing, pedagogy, movement and dance, and has twice been a Certified Actor Combatant in six weapons as a stage combat artist with the Society of American Fight Directors. Read more …

Michelle Wrighte – Soprano

wrighte headshot-0300x0375Michelle Wrighte’s versatile talent has taken her all over the United States performing many lead roles. The Iowa-born mezzo-soprano earned critical praise for her portrayal of Emilia opposite Ben Heppner, Renae Fleming, and Lucio Gallo — in Sir Peter Hall’s internationally acclaimed new production of Otello, which opened the 2001-02 season of Lyric Opera of Chicago. During Ms. Wrighte’s past seasons at Lyric Opera she has also performed the roles of Mercedes/Carmen … Read more …

Denise Gamez – Alto / Mezzo-soprano

3A-Denise-Gamez (HD)-300Mezzo-soprano Denise Gamez regularly sings recital, oratorio and symphonic repertoire with orchestras throughout the United States and abroad. She has appeared as soloist with the Indianapolis, San Francisco Opera, Toledo, South Dakota, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Terre Haute, and Wheaton College symphony orchestras, and twice performed with the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica under the baton of John Nelson. Read more …

Timothy Bentch – Tenor

4T-timothybentch-0150x0180Tenor Timothy Bentch was raised on a farm in Missouri. His first singing experiences took place in the local Mennonite church and practicing scales on the tractor and in the silo but eventually led him to a master’s degree at the acclaimed Curtis Institute of Music. For twelve years he lived in Hungary where critics referred to him as “a treasure in today’s Hungarian musical life”, naming him the most significant “Hungarian” lyric tenor of this generation. Read more …

Stephen Morscheck – Bass / Baritone

Stephen Morscheck, BassBass-baritone Stephen Morscheck is an alumnus of Wheaton College and is widely respected for the dignity he brings in both concert and operatic performances. “Stephen Morscheck’s Leporello was genuinely funny, as well as solidly sung. His catalogue aria was almost too effective, drawing applause before its conclusion,” says Opera News of his performance in Don Giovanni. Of Verdi’s Requiem, The Boston Herald said … Read more …

Matteo Warren – Boy Soprano

Matteo Warren

Matteo Warren performs arias of the Messiah and has been working with our soprano and voice teacher Robin Wiper. Matteo is a member of the Children’s Music program at College Church in Wheaton under the direction of Jennifer Wheatley. He also sings with Franklin Middle School All-School Chorus and Concert Choir organized and led by Mrs Crystal Forbes.
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