Academy 2017 Fall Concert

VIVALDI FOUR SEASONS
DECEMBER 16 WHEATON

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Enjoy the beautiful playing of the Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra!

Repertoire:

  • Vivaldi Four Seasons played by Amelia Piscitelli
  • Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3.
  • Telemann Suite performed by the Junior Academy! A special short debut appearance by the Junior Academy ensemble (Aged 8 – 13).

Vivaldi Four Seasons soloist Amelia Piscitelli

Vivaldi’s famous Four Seasons will be performed by 16 year old virtuoso violinist Amelia Piscitelli.

Watch a video of Amelia performing the Svendsen Romance with Camerata Chicago in 2016.

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

Virtuoso 16 year old violinist Amelia Piscitelli will perform Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

Concert Details December 16, 2017

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

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

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The Academy on November 19, 2017. Photo by Luca Warren (c) 2017

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DECEMBER 16 WHEATON
GARY METHODIST CHURCH

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Academy 2017 Spring Concerts

PURCHASE $10 TICKETS FOR MAY 5 & 6 CONCERTS

ALL CHILDREN ARE WELCOME FOR FREE

ACADEMY ORCHESTRA SPRING SEMESTER 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

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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

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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.

 

Repertoire

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

 

Concerts

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Academy Orchestra

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

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WFMT INTRODUCTIONS BROADCAST PODCAST AVAILABLE

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

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PURCHASE $10 TICKETS FOR MAY 5 & 6 CONCERTS

Academy 2016 Fall Concerts

PURCHASE $10 TICKETS FOR DECEMBER 16 & 18 CONCERTS

 

ACADEMY ORCHESTRA FALL SEMESTER CONCERTS

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7:30pm FRIDAY DECEMBER 16, 2016
St John Lutheran Church, Wheaton

3:30pm SUNDAY DECEMBER 18, 2016
Gary United Methodist Church, Wheaton

Featuring virtuoso violinist Amelia Piscitelli
Concert Master: Ellen Maloney

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

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

PURCHASE $10 TICKETS FOR DECEMBER 16 & 18 CONCERTS

 

Repertoire

Svendsen Romance for Violin & Orchestra
Amelia Piscitelli violin
Watch brilliant videos of Amelia here.

St Paul’s Suite Holst

Variations on Thaxted by Blumhofer

Rutter Suite for Strings

 

Amelia Video

Video of Amelia Piscitelli performing Svendsen’s Romance in her professional debut with Camerata Chicago in October 2016.


Academy Orchestra Members Photoset

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

 

WFMT INTRODUCTIONS BROADCAST
PODCAST AVAILABLE

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

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Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra Members Photos

Academy Orchestra Members Photos and Bios

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

 

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Joe Brackmann, Cello

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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.

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Ashwin Moses, First Violin

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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

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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

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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

 

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Concertmaster Ellen Maloney

 

Academy Alumni

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Academy 2015: Ellen Maloney, Kaz Akamatsu, Kaylin Liu, Leslie Schmult, Justin Pham; Madeline Abel, Hannah Appleyard, Brandon Lach, Elin Liu, Drostan Hall; Hannah Novak (Bass), Kendra Standish, Amanda Lozano, Alison Chang, Max Lowery.

Joshua Leak, Principal Cello

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Josh Leak is a 17 year-old junior at Lyons Township High School, who has loved music his entire life. He began playing the cello at three and the drums at five. Josh was an All-District ILMEA participant in 2015, and was selected to the All-State ILMEA Orchestra in 2016. He is currently principal cellist in Sinfonietta at Lyons Township where he earned second place in the Lyons Township Concerto Competition in 2016. Josh is also principal cellist of the DuPage Youth Symphony Orchestra, where he earned first place in its Concerto Competition in 2016. Josh has attended numerous summer string camps including the Sphinx Performance Academy, for the last five years, and he plans to attend Berklee College of Music’s five-week pre-collegiate summer program this July. He has also taken cello lessons with faculty members at the University of Illinois and the University of Michigan.
In his free time, Josh enjoys giving cellos lessons, playing in a drum line, composing music and playing his cello, the drums and singing at his church. Josh is thrilled to be serving as principal cellist of Camerata Academy. Josh’s cello instructor is Dr. Tanya Carey.

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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.

Justin Pham, Violin

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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.

Ellin Liu, Harpsichord, Conductor

Introducing the Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra’s youngest member Ellin Liu, who is our excellent ten year old harpsichord player. She has played continuo for the Bach A Minor Violin Concerto on a beautiful harpsichord hand painted by the late Marge Gieser. academyorchestra04-ellinliu-1000x1115

Max Lowery, Principal Viola and Composer

As well as being a composer, Max Lowery is our excellent Principal Viola of the Academy Orchestra. Max performed the Telemann Viola Concerto with the Academy Orchestra on May 9, 2015.

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Sophia Radovic, Second Violin

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Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra Photos

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Violas – Alison Chang, Kaz Akamatsu, Max Lowery

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